The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is developing a
revised Public Participation Plan, updating the plan that was adopted in
The new plan reflects NIRPC’s continuing commitment to reach out to and
engage residents in the regional planning and decision-making processes
relative to NIRPC’s three planning domains of transportation, economic
development and the environment. The Plan has been in development for over 8
months, with the advice and guidance of a Task Force.
The new revised draft is now released for further review and comment through
Friday, March 29. Between now and then NIRPC will continue to reach out and
engage more people from the three-county region in its development.
An initial draft Plan was issued in October and made available for public
review and comment through November. There was an increased level of
interest on the part of some members of the public regarding this Plan, so
the comment period was extended for over two more months.
Deputy Director/ Director of Planning Steve Strains said, “I am pleased that
there is interest in how we reach out and engage people in the regional
planning process. Improvements in how we do things will make us more
sensitive to the needs of people and cause our plans to be more meaningful.
We are committed to using the appropriate tools for public involvement and
participation in the planning process.”
There will be at least one meeting in each of the three counties regarding
the new draft. The latest Participation Plan draft is in the transportation
section of NIRPC’s website at www.nirpc.org
and available in other formats by contacting NIRPC Planning Secretary Mary
Thorne at 219-763-6060, ext. 131 or