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NIRPC extends public comment on revised participation plan

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is developing a revised Public Participation Plan, updating the plan that was adopted in 2007.

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

and available in other formats by contacting NIRPC Planning Secretary Mary Thorne at 219-763-6060, ext. 131 or


Posted 2.20.2013