2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment #4 Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

October 10, 2017

Amendment 4 of the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program was released for a 7-day public comment period which began on October 3, 2017 and ended October 9, 2017. The amendment was made available at www.nirpc.org.

One comment was received. The comment and staff response follows.

Comment Received

Manner Considered by Staff



Need to Modify?

I write to express my opposition

to FY 2018-2021 TIP Amendment

#4. I object to the amendment based on the following:

  1. NIRPC has not adequately communicated with the residents impacted by the amendment

  2. NIRPC has not adequately detailed the potential impacts including environmental, financial and demographic impacts of the proposed amendment

  3. NIRPC stafff have not adequately engaged the Executive Board in the creation and implementation of the proposed amendment.

On October 4, 2017, NIRPC uploaded videos of their Executive Board meetings from April, June and July. No videos of committee meetings are ever uploaded. NIRPC meetings during working hours in Portage, Indiana. It is impossible for residents to follow the impacts of

NIRPC without access to meeting

The projects that are part of Amendment #4 are already in the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and previous TIPs as well. The detailed level of analysis and public input on these projects that is being suggested has taken place as part of the adoption process for the overall TIP. Per the NIRPC Public Participation Plan (PPP), a new TIP must undergo at least 30 days of public comment during which time at least one public meeting is held. For the 2018-2021 TIP, the comment period lasted for 39 days (March 14, 2017-April 21, 2017), and during that time five public meetings were held throughout the region. A public comment report was produced and can be found at the top of this webpage: http://www.nirpc.org/2017/03/14/30-day-public-c omment-period-on-fy-2018-2021-tip-amendmen t-4-to-2040-plan-update-air-quality-conformity-a nalysis/

Amendment #4 is a minor amendment to the 2018-2021 TIP, with one increased reward and seven changes to years in which phases are scheduled to be funded. As the changes are minor, per the Public Participation Plan, the amendment must be exposed to public comment for one calendar week and/or five business days, with no public meeting required.



videos, minutes and other pertinent documents. NIRPC has done an abysmal job of engaging residents with the majority of residents having no idea who NIRPC is or what they do.

Until and unless NIRPC does a better job engaging the citizenry, no actions should be approved.

The amendment was created with the input of the Lake-Porter Transportation Resources Oversight Committee (TROC). The membership of this committee consists of representatives of the various local public agencies (LPAs) that

are located within the Lake and Porter County urbanized area. As outlined in the NIRPC committee structure, this is the first step in the approval of an amendment. Following the TROC meeting, the amendment and any comments received are presented to the Technical Planning Committee (TPC) for a vote on whether or not to recommend adoption of

the amendment to the NIRPC Commission. The NIRPC Commission is provided with the amendment and any comments received are provided to the Commission as part of the agenda packet. The Executive Board (or Commission, if it is a full commission meeting) then votes on whether or not to adopt the amendment.

The meetings are taped by Access LaPorte County (ALCO) and then provided to us, as well as being broadcast on ALCO in LaPorte

County. NIRPC will look into the posting process and see where and if any improvements can be made in the speed with which they are posted. Meeting minutes and other pertinent documents can be found on the NIRPC website at

http://www.nirpc.org/about-nirpc/resources-info/ meeting-minutes/, where they are posted once approved by their respective committees at the following month’s meeting.

NIRPC always appreciates constructive suggestions in how it can continue to improve its outreach activities. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Hopefully the above

information helps to shed light on the process of creating and approving TIP amendments. This comment and any others received will be provided in a public comment report to the TPC as well as the NIRPC Commission prior to any action by those bodies. This comment report

will also be made publically available on our website at www.nirpc.org.