Department Posts

Building Safety Division Launches Online Program for Housing Inspections & Rental Registration

The City of Urbana recently launched a new online system for managing building permits, code enforcement, and other request tracking. Using a cloud-based program called Citizenserve, many of the City’s Building Safety-related applications, requests for payment, and customer request forms, are now available online. In addition, Citizenserve will now provide the capability to accept both tenant and neighborhood complaints online.

Within the next few days, Urbana rental property owners will receive their annual registration notice and form in the mail. The mailing will also include instructions for accessing the City’s Rental Registration portal and instructions for registering online here.

3rd Annual Urbana Arts Expo

November 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Urbana Arts Expo Logo 2017

The Urbana Art Expo is a one-day juried fine art exhibition and sale, presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program in collaboration with 40 North.

The event is free and open to the public, so come out, invite your friends, and show your support for local art!

  • What: Urbana Art Expo Urbana
  • Where: Civic Center 108 E. Water Street Urbana, IL 61801
  • When: Sunday, November 19th from 10am-5pm

International Walk to School Day 2017

October 4, 2017 - 7:00am

Walk to School LogoInternational Walk to School Day is a global event celebrated in more than 40 countries by walking and biking to school on the same day. Started in 1997 as an one-day event, it has evolved to be part of year-round safe routes to school movement, and an encouragement to a healthy life choice.

Today, thousands of schools and communities across America participate every October.​​ This year on Wednesday, October 4th, elementary school students in Urbana-Champaign will enjoy the fun of walking to school in the morning with their friends, parents, teachers, polices, city officials and community members. On this day, we see no dangerous roads or crazy cars, but children's freedom of walking, and all the safe routes to schools.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Awarded to Aspen Court Redevelopment

The City of Urbana is pleased to announce that the Illinois Housing Development Authority awarded TWG Development, LLC, in partnership with the City of Urbana, low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) for Aspen Court.

Since 2011, the City has been working to identify a developer to redevelop this property into decent, safe and sanitary affordable housing. After TWG Development, LLC purchased the property City staff met with TWG and provided information for the LIHTC application to IHDA.

“We are looking forward to working with TWG on this important, long anticipated, redevelopment project that is the next step in improving the Lierman Neighborhood area,” according to John Schneider, Community Development Manager.

Renovation of Aspen Court, a 140 unit multifamily housing complex in southeast Urbana, will address a property that has needed significant improvement after the bankruptcy of one of its previous owners during the economic downturn in 2008. Receiving 9% LIHTC provides gap funding (the difference between cost of construction and the after rehab value of the property) that will make rehabilitation/renovations economically feasible for the developer.

Draft FY16-17 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Available for Public Review and Comment

September 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to September 28, 2017 - 5:00pm

The City of Urbana has completed the draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) documenting programs and activities undertaken through its federally-funded affordable housing and community development programs during the year ending June 30, 2017. The draft CAPER will be available for public review and comment during the period beginning Monday, September 11, 2017 through Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The draft CAPER will be available during regular business hours at the following locations: