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.
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.