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NIRPC seeks public input on long-range plan

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will hold ten public meetings to get input from region residents, businesses, and stakeholders on NIRPC’S vision and needs for 2050.

NIRPC is currently developing its next long-range plan to 2050. The long-range plan is a core transportation planning document required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) that will address the environment, economic development, and transportation. The 2050 Plan will be the approved vision document for the MPO identifying investments and strategies to pursue in the future. The 2050 Plan is expected to be adopted by May 2019.

The public meetings will be held throughout Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties. All are encouraged to join to discuss the future of Northwestern Indiana. The meetings are as follows:

* April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Crown Point Community Library at 122 N Main Street, Crown Point

* May 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library at 100 E 4th Street, Michigan City

* May 2, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Merrillville Municipal Complex at 7820 Broadway, Merrillville

* May 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Purdue University Northwest Westville Campus at 1401 U.S. 421, Westville

* May 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the East Chicago Public Library at 2401 E Columbus Drive, East Chicago

* May 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Methodist Southlake Hospital at 8701 Broadway, Merrillville

* May 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at State Street Community Church at 209 State Street, LaPorte

* May 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Valparaiso Public Library at 103 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso

* May 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Chesterton Town Hall - 726 Broadway, Chesterton

* May 17, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Steel City Academy at 2650 West 35th Avenue, Gary

All comments received will be considered as NIRPC staff crafts a new vision, goals and need statement for the NIRPC commission to consider adopting for the 2050 Plan. Documents and information will be available for review at the public meetings, as well as on NIRPC's website at

Requests for alternative formats may be directed to Mary Thorne at (219) 763-6060, ext. 131, or by email at TTY users may use the Relay Indiana service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.

Comments may be submitted in-person at one of the ten meetings or until May 18, 2018, by email at, by phone at (219)763-6060, ext. 160, or by postal mail at NIRPC, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN 46368.

NIRPC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization and regional council of local governments for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. NIRPC provides the forum for local elected officials, regional, leadership, and citizens to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community and economic development. NIRPC seeks to develop consensus solutions with the broadest participation.



Posted: April 16, 2018




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