Many communities are experiencing planning issues related to growth or decline in population, transportation issues, green space preservation, pollution control, need for housing assessment, and infusion of new industry. To help municipalities and citizens address these issues, we offer you Community Matters, a partnership between the Department of Urban & Regional Planning and University of Illinois Extension.
Using a collaborative team process, participants from both the community and university learn from each other in order to develop and use best planning practices to enhance community livability and sustainability. By planning, designing and implementing, residents can develop a place where people want to stay and will maintain the community they are proud to call home. Through this program, faculty and students engage with team members on community research initiatives.