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NIRPC to host public input sessions on status of Marquette Plan

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and Indiana Landmarks would like to invite those interested to participate in a series of public open houses regarding current efforts to update the Marquette Plan, Northwest Indiana’s Vision for Lakeshore Reinvestment.

These open houses will be held as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 12: 5:30 - 7 p.m. at City Hall Operations Center, 100 E. Michigan Blvd #2, Michigan City, IN 46360.

Monday, Nov. 18: 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission: 6100 South Port Road, Portage, IN 46368.

Congressman Pete Visclosky, the creative force behind the Marquette Plan has said “Sweeping changes will not come overnight. Nor can they be dictated by one person or one governmental body. We in Northwest Indiana must sit together as a unified community and reach a consensus on our future.”

Since 2005, many shoreline cities and towns have invested in projects and policies to implement the Marquette Plan, with the support of the Regional Development Authority, the Indiana DNR, and many other regional partners. For details on all the developments on the shoreline, visit the RDA’s Marquette Plan page at

In 2012 the Regional Development Authority, in partnership with NIRPC and Indiana Landmarks submitted and was awarded a Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program grant to update the plan.

“This update is important to maintain the Marquette Plan’s relevance as a proactive strategic document,” said Kathy Luther, Director of Environmental Programs for NIRPC.

Updates to the plan will include progress reports from each of the subareas addressed in the original documents, integration of the two Phases into one Plan, enhanced digital mapping and web presence, and new strategies for building upon the historical and cultural landmarks and resources near the lakefront.

As part of 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Implementation NIRPC is committed to planning for the long-term sustainable vitality of our region. The Marquette Plan is an important part of the region’s vision for its future.



Posted 11/5/2013