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Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
Nirpc's 2040 plan & status of implementation project slides
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  • 1. 7/9/2014 1 Steve Strains Deputy Director/Director of Planning Gabrielle Biciunas Long Range Planner Kathy Luther Director of Environmental Programs AGENDA • What is NIRPC Steve • 2040 Plan Overview Steve • Creating Livable Communities Gabrielle  • Marquette Plan Update Kathy • Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission • Covers Lake, La Porte, and Porter Counties Created in 1965 Council of Governments Metropolitan Planning Organization What is NIRPC? The Northwest Indiana Region • 3 counties:  Lake,  Porter, and LaPorte • 41 cities and towns • 2010 population:  771,815 • 1,520 square miles of  land • 45 miles of Lake  Michigan shoreline • 4 Interstates • 1 commuter rail line • Part of the 16 county  Chicago combined  statistical area
  • 2. 7/9/2014 2 NIRPC 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan A Vision for Northwest Indiana • The 2040 Plan is built on a “community‐ based regional consensus” ‐ the outcome  of numerous public involvement meetings  with residents and decision makers. • Overall direction was conceived at the  Forum on the Future of Northwest  Indiana, a 500‐person visioning event held  in December 2008. INVision Northwest Indiana - Stretching from the treasured shores of Lake Michigan to the historic banks of the Kankakee River and committed to an ethic of sustainability: A Vibrant Region Our economy is thriving; our people are well-educated; our growth is planned; and natural and rural areas are valued and protected. A Vibrant Region Our economy is thriving; our people are well-educated; our growth is planned; and natural and rural areas are valued and protected. A Revitalized Region Urban areas are renewed, and our environment is clean. An Accessible Region Our people are connected to each other and to equal opportunities for working, playing, living and learning. An Accessible Region Our people are connected to each other and to equal opportunities for working, playing, living and learning. A United Region Celebrating our diversity, we work together as a community across racial, ethnic, political and cultural lines for the good of the region. A United Region Celebrating our diversity, we work together as a community across racial, ethnic, political and cultural lines for the good of the region. 7 SUPPORT URBAN REINVESTMENT ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES AND MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES AND WATERSHEDS INTEGRATE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE • Strengthen the urban core • Preserve the cultural and historic assets of Northwest Indiana • Avoid or reduce adverse consequences • Improve mobility and access to jobs • Conserve the green infrastructure that supports native species • Maintain natural ecological processes, protects air and water resources • Contribute to the health and resiliency of the region. • Develop a multimodal system, including enhanced public mass transit and non-motorized transportation to improve mobility, access to jobs and improved quality of life for all. THE PRINCIPLES
  • 3. 7/9/2014 3 SUPPORT URBAN REINVESTMENT ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES AND MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES AND WATERSHEDS INTEGRATE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE • Strengthen the urban core • Preserve the cultural and historic assets of Northwest Indiana • Avoid or reduce adverse consequences • Improve mobility and access to jobs • Conserve the green infrastructure that supports native species • Maintain natural ecological processes, protect air and water resources • Contribute to the health and resiliency of the region. • Develop a multimodal system, including enhanced public mass transit and non-motorized transportation to improve mobility, access to jobs and improved quality of life for all. THE PRINCIPLES SUPPORT URBAN REINVESTMENT ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES AND MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES AND WATERSHEDS INTEGRATE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE • Strengthen the urban core • Preserve the cultural and historic assets of Northwest Indiana • Avoid or reduce adverse consequences • Improve mobility and access to jobs • Conserve the green infrastructure that supports native species • Maintain natural ecological processes, protect air and water resources • Contribute to the health and resiliency of the region. • Develop a multimodal system, including enhanced public mass transit and non-motorized transportation to improve mobility, access to jobs and improved quality of life for all. THE PRINCIPLES
  • 4. 7/9/2014 4 SUPPORT URBAN REINVESTMENT ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES AND MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES AND WATERSHEDS INTEGRATE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE • Strengthen the urban core • Preserve the cultural and historic assets of Northwest Indiana • Avoid or reduce adverse consequences • Improve mobility and access to jobs • Conserve the green infrastructure that supports native species • Maintain natural ecological processes, protect air and water resources • Contribute to the health and resiliency of the region. • Develop a multimodal system, including enhanced public mass transit and non-motorized transportation to improve mobility, access to jobs and improved quality of life for all. THE PRINCIPLES  Ecological Assets  Managed Lands  Priority Forests  Biodiversity  Hydric Soils  Water Resources  Wetlands  Streams and Lakes  Floodplains  Vulnerable Groundwater SUPPORT URBAN REINVESTMENT ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES AND MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES AND WATERSHEDS INTEGRATE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE • Strengthen the urban core • Preserve the cultural and historic assets of Northwest Indiana • Avoid or reduce adverse consequences • Improve mobility and access to jobs • Conserve the green infrastructure that supports native species • Maintain natural ecological processes, protect air and water resources • Contribute to the health and resiliency of the region. • Develop a multimodal system, including enhanced public mass transit and non-motorized transportation to improve mobility, access to jobs and improved quality of life for all. THE PRINCIPLES
  • 5. 7/9/2014 5 NIRPC 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan The CRP stresses a number of elements that include: • Growth & Conservation • Transportation  • Environment & Green  Infrastructure • Human & Economic Resources • Stewardship & Governance 18  The NWI region is expected to add 170,000 people and 80,000 new jobs by  2040   Accommodating this growth will   Overburden the region’s transportation network  Increase development pressure on the region’s natural lands, farmland and forest lands.  Vacant land already exists in urbanized areas of existing communities.   However, the development trend has been shifting away from the more  historically urban portions of the region and into unincorporated areas.    Existing land supply meets the growth needs and demands through 2040.  New strategies to address this growth 2040 Plan Findings Presented By: Long Range Planner Lake & Porter Counties
  • 6. 7/9/2014 6 • To encourage livability and accessibility, NIRPC has called for transit-oriented development and Livable Centers Initiative in the 2040 Plan. • Livable Centers Initiative is one of the principal urban framework strategies for the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan, which is fundamental to achieve the preferred regional strategy for land use, transportation and environmental balance in Northwest Indiana. Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Creating Livable Communities (CLC) Funding Program Livable Centers clustering many different land uses in a compact area gives people the opportunity to accomplish various activities without using a car. • Livable Centers make it easy to reach multiple destinations by foot, bicycle, car or transit. • A well-designed street and sidewalk system provides good connectivity and safety for everyone. • Livable Centers concentrate housing, employment, shopping, and entertainment in areas with good pedestrian networks Poor Connectivity Good Connectivity
  • 7. 7/9/2014 7 • Compact, mixed use development- building facing streets • Short block length (400’-600’) • Having unique and distinct design characteristic with shops offer local products and services • Many Access options including pedestrian lanes, bike lanes, trails, transit, and roadways • Convenient, safe and easy street crossing • Well-maintained public streets • Public gathering places • Serving different activities that occurred both daytime and night time • Jobs and housing • On-street, shared, structured or rear parking areas • Transit stops and amenities • Traditional street grid • Access management • Pedestrian-friendly speed limits • Short block lengths • Bicycle lanes • Wide sidewalks • Public spaces • Minimal building setbacks • Existing infrastructure • Analyze region as a whole • Block Size • Street Grid • Population, housing, and employment density • Proximity of schools, civic halls, transit, and trails • Read the municipality’s plans and past projects • Learned about current projects and initiatives • Met with individual municipality planners and other staff • Listened to their plans, hopes, and considerations for their town or city • Drew boundaries directly on the maps using their insight and NIRPC’s analysis
  • 8. 7/9/2014 8 How to Use the Report? • Use the Introduction section to get yourself familiar with: • Livable Centers definition and benefits. • How center are defined • Livability checklist • NIRPC Methodology • Find your Community Transit-Related Projects should be located within half a mile from a transit stop or station.
  • 9. 7/9/2014 9 NIRPC/Walk Score Methodologies Walk Score® Description 90–100 Walker's Paradise Daily errands do not require a car. 70–89 Very Walkable Most errands can be accomplished on foot. 50–69 Somewhat Walkable Some errands can be accomplished on foot. 25–49 Car-Dependent Most errands require a car. 0–24 Car-Dependent Almost all errands require a car. Walk Score Analysis: • Walking routes to nearby amenities. • Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities • Amenities within a 5 minute walk (.25 miles) are given maximum points. • The more distant amenities the more decline in score with no points given after a 30 minute walk. • Pedestrian friendliness is measured by analyzing • population density • road metrics such as block length and intersection density http://www.walkscore.com/ NIRPC Analysis • Block Length (400’-600’) • Street Grid/Connectivity • Population, housing, and employment density • Proximity of schools, civic halls, transit, and trails • Transit • Mixed use • Building Setback Creating Livable Communities (CLC) Funding Program
  • 10. 7/9/2014 10 The purpose of this funding is to support community-based transportation/ land use projects that bring vitality to downtown areas, neighborhoods, station areas, commercial cores, and transit corridors.  Putting real transportation dollars behind its planning efforts, NIRPC developed the new funding program to help ensure that transportation investments will be linked to the vitality of northwestern Indiana’s communities.  $400,000 over the next two years has been identified to provide tangible support to communities in Lake & Porter Counties seeking to enhance their center places, with some prime beneficiaries being those communities able to take advantage of also TOD opportunities. Overview:  To support community-based transportation/ land use projects that bring vitality to downtown areas, neighborhoods, station areas, commercial cores, and transit corridors.  To support projects that are guided by the principle of “place-making” Requirements / Eligibility:  Local Governments and non-profit organizations  Projects should be located in the Livable Centers Map or Transit Area Map. Types of Grants:  Fund planning projects or pre-development plan that revitalize: existing centers, neighborhood, downtown, transit stop or transit corridors, TOD ordinance, and/or  Prepare projects to compete for grants in the Capital Projects category. • NIRPC has awarded seven grants totaling $402,500 of STP funding to seven communities. The total funding with the local match is $495,500. These communities are: • Chesterton • Crown Point • East Chicago • Gary • Highland • Porter • Winfield
  • 11. 7/9/2014 11  Comprehensive vision for the Lake Michigan Shoreline  Livable Lakefront- Live Work Play  Recapture 75 percent of the lakeshore for public use;  Establish a minimum setback from water’s edge of 200 feet;  Create a continuous trail network through northwest Indiana Marquette Plan Goals Marquette Greenway = 51.2 Continuous Miles state line to state line. Marquette Plan Vision Area Maintained and Implemented by a collaboration of the NWI RDA, NIRPC, and DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) as well as local communities. The Update
  • 12. 7/9/2014 12 Integrate The Plan Consolidated Frameworks from Phase I and Phase  II in draft  Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements  Public Access, Recreation, and Tourism  Green Infrastructure and  Environmental Protection   Livable Communities  Land Revitalization and  Economic Development   Community Coordination  Culture and History  New Framework! Public Access Overview Public Access Overview Goal:  75% of Lakeshore with Public Access = 33.8 miles – need to gain 9.5    What Is Public Access?  See it  Walk it  Swim it  Boat it  Fish it Not all places can be all things to all people!  Lake Michigan Access State Line Energy Miles Percent Total  45 100.00% accessible now  24.2 53.78% w/ whole stateline  25.05 55.67% w/ half stateline  24.7 54.89% w/ partial stateline  24.5 54.44%   Stateline Marquette Trail  Miles Giant Loop  1.4 Trail with spur on western side  1 Trail w/ no spur  0.5   Marquette Greenway  Trail from Illinois to Michigan State Line  Total Network 51.2 miles  16.9 miles built = 34.3%  14 additional miles funded in the next 2‐3 years. 
  • 13. 7/9/2014 13 Cultural and Historical Assets CULTURE AND HISTORY GENERAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Historic Preservation Planning 2. Federal Historic Designation 3. Historic Resource Rehabilitation 4. Economic Development Incentives 5. Development and Design Standards 6. Comprehensive, Master and Subarea Development Plans 7. Public-Private Partnerships 8. Environmental & Sustainability Principles 9. Arts and Culture Districts 10.Heritage Tourism Marquette Sub Area Realignment   Hammond  Whiting  East Chicago   Gary West   Gary Downtown/East  Portage/Ogden Dunes    Duneland   Michigan City  LaPorte County North Shore Each Update to include: Sub Area Vision Projects Completed & In Progress Funding Investments Future Plans and Changes Marquette Successes Challenges Hammond Sub Area Maps All Sub Area plan pages are in draft format for local review and vetting
  • 14. 7/9/2014 14 Whiting Sub Area Maps All Sub Area plan pages are in draft format for local review and vetting East Chicago Sub‐Area Maps All Sub Area plan pages are in draft format for local review and vetting Gary West Sub‐Area Maps All Sub Area plan pages are in draft format for local review and vetting Gary East Sub Area Maps Sub Area plan pages are currently being assembled for local review and vetting
  • 15. 7/9/2014 15 LaPorte Sub‐Area Maps Sub Area plan pages are currently being assembled for local review and vetting Next Steps  Complete Porter County Sub‐Area mapping  Additional Green Infrastructure mapping  Editing Framework and Subareas text and desk‐top  publishing  Vetting maps with cities and lakeshore property  owners  Additional Public Open Houses  Work with RDA to build website  Thank you to:  RDA  Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program  Tiffany Tolbert, Indiana Landmarks  Eman Ibrahim, Jack Eskin, Sarah Geinosky – NIRPC  Staff www.NIRPC.org Contact Information Kathy Luther Director of Environmental  Programs kluther@nirpc.org Gabrielle Biciunas Long Range Planner  gbiciunas@nirpc.org Steve Strains Deputy Director/ Director of Planning sstrains@nirpc.org 6100 Southport Road Portage IN 46368 Phone: 219‐763‐6060 

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