Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:00 A.M. at NIRPC Dune Room

  1. Call to Order by Chairman Greg Stinson

  2. Approval of the minutes of June meeting

  3. Regional Land Use Planning

    a) US 30 Coalition

    Stephen Sostaric

    b) Regional Corridors Study Implementation

    Eman Ibrahim


    Applying Sensible Growth in your Community Presentation

    Eman Ibrahim


    Communities Update




    1. Next Meeting January 17, 2017.

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Land Use Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Members & Visitors: Justin Kiel, George Malis, George Topoll, Nick Bellar, Kaitlyn McClain, Brian Poland, Sergio Mendoza, Tom Vander Woude, David Wright

NIRPC Staff: Eman Ibrahim, Gabrielle Biciunas, Sarah Geinosky, Meredith Stilwell

Call to Order by Chairman

In the absence of Chairman Stinson, NIRPC Commissioner George Topoll called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m.

Approval of the minutes of April 19, 2017 Meeting

On motion by Justin Kiel, and no opposition the April 19, 2017 minutes were approved as presented.

Future Planning Trends Presentation – Eman Ibrahim, NIRPC

Eman recently attending a planning conference in New York and highlighted some of the subjects from the conference regarding what is happening in the future and how to plan and adapt for impacts. Some of the impacts include climate change; autonomous vehicles; aging population; and millennials. The number one emerging trend in key strategies in corridor planning is mixed use town centers. NIRPC will begin developing the 2050 Plan in fall 2017.

Regional Land Use Planning

  1. Marquette Action Plan Update – Sarah Geinosky & Gabrielle Biciunas, NIRPC The Marquette Plan is a vision and strategy to create a livable lakefront. In 2015 the Action Plan was developed to further the identified goals from the previous iterations of the Marquette Plan. About 50% of the lakeshore is currently accessible. With the other 50% either not accessible or facing great barriers, much of the Action Plan focuses on how to improve ways to get to what is currently accessible. 765 responses were received from an online survey. The Plan is broken down into two parts; regional level approaches to the lakefront and community approaches to access based on stakeholder input and feedback from individuals. Funding mechanisms were also considered. The Plan will be released for public comment shortly.

  2. I-65 & US 30 Safety Planning Project Update – Eman Ibrahim, NIRPC

The Safety Study is currently in the public review period which will be closing June 30, 2017. Most crashes were found to have occurred due to congestion. Alternatives to access I-65 and 80/94 are being proposed which would help reduce congestion. While some analysis on safety was already included in the report, the consultants were asked to add significant recommendations.

George Topoll reported that Union Township is looking into creating a forty year plan and trying to figure out what to do with the landfill property which will be coming available.

Tom Vander Woude, Town of Munster Planning Director, reported on Munster’s Centennial Village, a mixed used development and on the Westlake TOD study which is still out for public comment.

Eman commented on the NIRPC Corridor Study and the progress regarding recommendations to extend Main Street in Munster and 109th in St. John to Illinois.

Sergio Mendoza reported the 61st Avenue expansion ribbon cutting is Thursday, June 22 in Hobart. They are going to being work on the trail connection from Wisconsin to Old Ridge Road, and also will be looking into reinvestment in post-war homes in the Mundell neighborhood and with the help of GNIAR looking at pre and post-war homes in other areas of the City.


a. Next Meeting: August 16, 2017 The meeting adjourned at 11:13 a.m.