NIRPC Sets Public Meetings About Marquette Plan’s Status
October 30, 2013 — The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and Indiana Landmarks are taking public input about the status of the Region’s plan for making Lake Michigan’s Indiana shore area a livable lakefront.
NIRPC and Indiana Landmarks are hosting a series of public open houses about efforts to update the Marquette Plan, Northwest Indiana’s vision for lakeshore reinvestment.
The schedule for those open houses includes:
2:00 – 3:30 pm at Gary Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Branch, 501 South Lake Street, Gary
5:30 – 7 pm at Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark Street, Whiting
5:30 – 7 pm at City Hall Operations Center, 100 E. Michigan Blvd #2, Michigan City
5:30 – 7 pm at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission: 6100 South Port Road, Portage
NIRPC says, “The Marquette Plan provides a framework for thinking and acting strategically to move toward environmental, economic, and social sustainability of our shoreline, with new and mixed uses, as well as increased public access to the vital Lake Michigan resource.”
NIRPC credits Indiana’s 1st District United States Representative as the creative force behind the Marquette Plan, quoting him, “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.”
It says that Phases I and 2 reflect Region collaboration toward a future for Lake Michigan’s South Shore, “The Marquette Plan’s strategic vision, common to both phases, is to create a livable lakefront for the Region where people can live, work, play and stay.”
Last year the area’s Regional Development Authority, in partnership with NIRPC and Indiana Landmarks, received an Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program grant to update the plan. NIRPC Environment Programs Director Kathy Luther says, “This update is important to maintain the Marquette Plan’s relevance as a proactive strategic document.”
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 on historical and cultural landmarks and resources near the lakefront. The Regional Development Authority’s Marquette Plan page includes development details at www.rdatransformation.com
NIRPC is a regional council of local governments serving the three counties of far Northwest Indiana, where the Northwest Indiana Region is part of the greater Chicago metropolitan area. NIRPC provides a forum that enables the residents of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community, and economic development.