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Public Participation

NIRPC is responsible for carrying out the transportation planning public participation regulations contained in 23 CFR 450.316 and published on February 14, 2007. The federal regulations call for a participatory process “for providing residents, affected public agencies, representatives of public transportation employees, freight shippers, providers of freight transportation services, private providers of transportation, representatives of users of public transit, representatives of users of pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, representatives of the disabled, and other interested parties with reasonable opportunities to be involved in the metropolitan transportation planning process.” (23 CFR 450.316(a))

NIRPC welcomes and encourages public participation in the planning activities of the agency. Public Participation helps NIRPC realize its goals objectives for engaging the public as active participants in the agency’s planning activities. NIRPC staff will use various methods staff can use to solicit, involve, and respond to the region’s residents during transportation and other planning processes.

For more information about how NIRPC conducts Public Participation, please feel free to review our plans below.

  • Current Public Participation Plan - Adopted September 20, 2007  PDF | TEXT
  • Public Participation Plan -  (8/20/2014 DRAFT for Final Review)   PDF | HTML
  • NIRPC Social Media Policy - Adopted May 23, 2013   PDF | TEXT

NIRPC is in the process of updating its Public Participation Plan. The plan is the course of action that NIRPC will follow to engage the residents of Northwest Indiana. Along with guidance from the Public Participation Task Force that helped draft the plan, we are asking others to suggest techniques and ideas that NIRPC can add, including recommendations on how NIRPC can further involve the public in its transportation and environmental planning projects. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email Stephen Sostaric at ssostaric@nirpc.org.

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6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368
219.763.6060