2050 Plan

2050 Plan background

NIRPC is underway with the development of the next long-range plan to 2050 for Lake, LaPorte, and Porter Counties. The 2050 Plan will build on the successes of the award-winning 2040 Plan which was the first comprehensive regional plan for our three-county region. The 2050 Plan will also take that bold approach by planning at the center of the linkages between transportation, the environment, land use, and economic development.

The 2050 Plan will utilize updated scenario planning methods that will allow our regional leaders to contend with the uncertainty the future has in store. The scenario planning process asks us to consider different possible futures that Northwestern Indiana may experience over the next thirty years. By imagining different futures, we avoid the mistake of “picking a future” we hope to have, and possibly watching an unimagined future come to pass with the wrong suite of strategies and investments to address it. Instead, by considering multiple future scenarios, our region can try and identify investments and strategies that will have a positive impact in any of the scenarios.

2050 Plan development documents

The development of the 2050 plan will take a lot of effort, study, and research. NIRPC staff wants to relay that information effectively and efficiently. NIRPC will develop staff memos to the public, topical committee, and Commission members in a format that will provide essential information. The intention will be to keep the memos concise to inform the public, committee members, and the Commission on the issues, trends, and “need to knows” that will influence the development of the 2050 plan. Below you can find the memos developed to date.

2050 Plan – Engagement Results – Recommended Visions and Critical Paths

2050 Plan influences and futures

2050 Plan Fall Pop-Up Event Series

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is working on the development of the 2050 Long-Range Plan. The 2050 Plan examines Northwest Indiana’s future including; trends and influences to identify strategies and investments to achieve the vision for the region. This plan is a strategy to think about the actions we need to start taking now to be prepared for the year 2050. Join us for our Summer Pop-Up Event Series to learn more about the 2050 Plan!

Summer Pop-Up Event Schedule

Date Event Location Time City
Thursday Oct. 4 Fall Pop-Up Crown point Library, 122 S. Main St. 5-7PM Crown Point
Saturday Oct. 6 Harvest Festival Founders’ Square Park 300 Founders’ Square 11-3PM Portage
Thursday Oct. 11 Fall Open House State Street Community Church, 209 State St. 5-7PM La Porte
Friday Oct, 12 Wickedly Whiting Monster Dash 5K Whiting Lakefront Park     1500 Park Road 6-9:30PM Whiting
Saturday Oct. 13 15th Annual Latino Resource Festival Irving Elementary School, 4727 Pine Ave. 10-2PM Hammond
Friday Oct. 19 Harvest Festival  Central Park Plaza                63 Lafayette 4-6:30PM Valparaiso
Saturday Oct. 20 Michigan City Farmers Market 8th & Washington St 8-1PM Michigan City


2050 Plan anticipated milestones
      • April – May 2018
        • Public engagement on the plan’s vision and our regional needs
      • May – July 2018
        • Recommend to Technical Planning Committee (TPC) and Commission vision statements to endorse
        • Identify influences and trends that may impact our region’s future
        • Setup performance-based planning system
      • July – September 2018
        • Public engagement to discuss influences, trends, and develop future scenarios
        • Define clear and consistent evaluation methods for investments and strategies
        • Recommend to TPC and Commission evaluation methods to endorse
      • September – October 2018
        • Public engagement to identify strategies + investments that the plan may include
        • Request LPA, transit operators, and INDOT to submit investments for evaluation for programming in the 2050 Plan
      • October 2018 – January 2019
        • Evaluate strategies + investments and recommend a portfolio for endorsement to the Technical Planning Committee and Commission
      • January – February 2019
        • Develop an action plan for the next four years describing strategies and investments to pursue as follows: “NIRPC is responsible for executing the endorsed strategy/investment, NIRPC can be a partner in execution, NIRPC can be a catalyst, but does not have a mandate in execution.”
      • February – March 2019
        • Final steps in development and production of the 2050 Plan, such as developing narrative, maps, graphics, etc.
      • March – April 2019
        • Prepare for final public engagement period
        • Launch draft 2050 Plan for a 30-day public comment period
      • May – June 2019
        • Final edits / revisions
        • Request recommendation from the TPC to adopt the 2050 Plan
        • Request the Commission to adopt the 2050 Plan
        • Send to reviewing partners at state and federal agencies for approval


2050 Plan public meetings held on “Vision + Needs”
    • April 30th
      5:00 pm | Crown Point Community Library 122, N Main St, Crown Point
    • May 1st
      4:30 pm | Michigan City Public Library | Main Meeting Room 100 E 4th St, Michigan City Take transit: Michigan City Transit Routes: 1, 2, 3, or 4
    • May 2nd
      1:30 pm | Merrillville Municipal Complex | 7820 Broadway, Merrillville
      Take transit: Gary Public Transit Corporation Route: RBMX or
      South Lake County Community Services: call 219-663-3869 to request a ride three days in advance
    • May 3rd
      4:00 pm | Purdue Northwest – Westville LSF Building Room 144 | 1401 US-421 Westville
      Take transit: Transit Triangle Routes: 1 or 2
    • May 7th
      5:00 pm | East Chicago Public Library | 2401 E Columbus Dr, East Chicago
      Take transit: East Chicago Transit Routes: 1, 2 or 3
    • May 8th
      6:00 pm | Methodist Southlake Hospital | 8701 Broadway, Merrillville
      Take transit: Gary Public Transit Corporation Route: RBMX
    • May 9th
      6:00 pm | State Street Community Church | 209 State St, La Porte
      Take transit: Transporte: call 219-362-6565 to request a ride one day in advance
    • May 10th
      6:00 pm | Valparaiso Public Library Meeting Room A | 103 Jefferson St, Valparaiso
      Take transit: V-Line Routes: Green, Yellow, and Red
    • May 15th
      5:00pm | Chesterton Town Hall | 726 Broadway, Chesterton
      Take transit: Porter County Aging and Community Services: call 219-462-4302 to request a ride three days in advance
    • May 17th
      5:30pm | Steel City Academy Cafeteria | 2650 West 35th Ave, Gary
      Take transit: Gary Public Transit Corporation Route: L4
    • May 21st 
      4:00pm | Gary-Metro Center | 100 W. 4th Ave, Gary
      Take transit: Gary Public Transit Corporation Routes: BMX and most GPTC routes
      South Shore Line Route: South Shore Line
    • May 22nd
      3:00pm | Hammond Academy of Science and Technology Engineering Room | 33 Muenich Ct, Hammond
      Take Transit: Gary Public Transit Corporation Routes: R1 and R4
      North Township Dial-a-Ride – Please call (219) 932-2530 at least 1 day in advance to schedule a ride

2040 Plan documents

Until the adoption of the 2050 Plan by the Commission, the 2040 Plan remains in effect and is the guiding planning document for Northwestern Indiana. Please find a link to it and the update companion from 2015 below.

2040 Plan

2040 Plan Update Companion