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NIRPC seeks comments on Region transportation plan amendments

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) has opened a 30-day public comment period on the draft changes to the NWI 2050 Plan and the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The comment period will end April 5.

NWI 2050 for Lake, LaPorte, and Porter counties was adopted by the NIRPC Executive Board in May 2019 and builds on the successes of the award-winning 2040 Plan which was the first comprehensive regional plan for the three-county region. “NWI 2050 takes a bold approach by planning at the center of the linkages between transportation, the environment, land use, and economic development,” NIRPC said in a statement released today.

NIRPC’s TIP is a short-range financial and spending plan for the utilization of federal transportation funding. These funds can be used for highway, transit, and non-motorized transportation projects. NIRPC's TIP is periodically updated and includes projects undertaken by municipalities, counties, transit operators, and the State of Indiana. Federal planning regulations guide the preparation and development of TIP documents.

The Air Quality Conformity Determination Report is a report that demonstrates that the project being modified by Amendment No. 7 to the TIP will not result in motor vehicle emissions which exceed the motor vehicle emissions budgets in the Indiana State Implementation Plan.

All comments received during the 30-day public comment period will be compiled into a public comment report and responded to. This report will be made available to the public and distributed to the relevant NIRPC committees prior to any action on these items. It is anticipated that action will be taken at the April 7 meeting of the Technical Planning Committee, followed by the April 16 meeting of the NIRPC Commission Executive Board.

Documents and information will be available for review at

Requests for alternative formats may be directed to NIRPC by calling (219) 763-6060 or by e-mail at

TTY users may use the Relay Indiana service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.


Posted 3/9/2020




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