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Technical Planning Committee

February 12, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

Lake Michigan Room 6100 Southport Road, Portage

Annotated Agenda


    1. Call to Order by Chairman, Opening and Announcements

    2. Pledge of Allegiance; Introductions

    3. Meeting Participation Survey

      INDOT requires NIRPC to develop a questionnaire to help evaluate the success of their efforts to reach out to all members of our community. Participation is strictly voluntary and anonymous.

    4. Minutes of the January 8, 2018 meeting (pp. 1-2) ACTION REQUESTED: Approval


2.0 Public Comment on Agenda Items

This is an opportunity for comments from members of the audience. The amount of time available to speak will be limited to 3 minutes. Commenters must sign the blue form.


    1. Programming

    2. Draft 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program Project Selection

The TPC will be asked to review and recommend a draft slate of projects for Groups 1 and 2 to be included in the Draft 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program to be submitted to INDOT by February 15, 2019. Group 2, Michigan City Urbanized Area will be discussed first, and then Group 1, Chicago Urbanized Area.

ACTION REQUESTED: Approval


    1. Topical Committee Reports

      Various committees are invited to report out on their meetings.

    2. Environmental Management Policy Committee (EMPC)

    3. Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee (3PC)

    4. Transit Operators Roundtable (TOR)

    5. Land Use Committee (LUC)

    6. Surface Transportation Committee (STC)

    7. Transportation Resource & Oversight Committee (TROC)


    1. Reports from Planning Partners

    2. Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration

    3. Neighboring Regional Planning Agencies


    1. Other Business, Staff Announcements and Upcoming Meetings

    2. Other Business

    3. Staff Announcements

    4. NIRPC Meetings/Events

      • The NIRPC Offices will be closed on February 18 in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday.


7.0 Next Meeting

The next Technical Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10

a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.


8.0 Adjournment


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Technical Planning Committee

NIRPC Lake Michigan Room, 6100 Southport Road, Portage January 8, 2019

Minutes


Kevin Breitzke called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Members present included Kevin Breitzke, George Topoll, Will Farrellbegg, Kelly Wenger, Tom MacLennan, Margot Sabato, Jessica Miller, David Wright and Tyler Kent. Others present included Marcia Blansett, Breanne Freeze, Jeff Huet, Mark O’Dell, Claudia Taylor, Jake Dammarell, Ismail Attallah, Jill Murr, Aj Bytnar, Bob Thompson, Matt Gavelek, Jerry Siska, Bruce Lindner. Staff present included Scott Weber, Mitch Barloga, Dominique Edwards, James Winters, Peter Kimball and Candi Eklund.


The INDOT participation survey was available at the table in the lobby.


The minutes of the December 11, 2018 Technical Planning Committee meeting were approved on a motion by Will Farrellbegg and a second by George Topoll.


There were no public comments.


Implementation Planning

Mitch Barloga presented on Next Level Trail$ Funding of $90 million authorized by Governor Holcomb in state money allocated through tollways. It is an 80/20 match and the local share can be soft (in-kind, donations, etc.). The program will be administered by Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Funds are available for preliminary engineering, construction engineering, design and right of way. 501(c)3 groups are eligible. The deadline is February 15. Projects will be identified as regionally significant or locally significant and trails should be part of a regional or local comprehensive plan. Projects not eligible include railroad, water and sanitary, trail and bike paths, roads and alleys. Applications will be taken from January 1 to February 15. There will be more time during the second funding cycle around September. The application and more information can be found at www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/9800.htm. Contact Mitch Barloga with any questions.


Marcia Blansett and Jessica Miller presented on the Community Crossings grant. Applications are open from January 7 through February 1. The deadline is 5 pm Eastern. The next round will be in July. The maximum per community is $1 million yearly. Submit your applications early.


Scott Weber presented the public comment report and the Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion Amendment #6 to include safety, pavement condition, bridge condition, system performance, freight, congestion and air quality performance measure targets. No comments were received during the 30-day period. On a motion by George Topoll and a second by Will Farrellbegg, the Technical Planning Committee recommended Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion Amendment #6 to the Commission for adoption.


Mitch Barloga presented the public comment report and the FY 2019 UPWP Amendment #1, which will add $360,000 in air quality public education funding for bike maps which was approved in July 2018. On a motion by Will Farrellbegg and a second by George Topoll, the Technical Planning Committee recommended FY 2019 UPWP Amendment #1 to the Commission for adoption.


Programming

Scott Weber presented the public comment report and the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment #19 to include safety, pavement condition, bridge condition, system performance,

freight, congestion and air quality performance measure targets. No comments were received during the 30-day period. On a motion by George Topoll and a second by Mark O’Dell, the Technical Planning Committee recommended FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment #19 to the Commission for adoption.


James Winters presented the public comment report and the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment #18 for the addition of new projects and other changes as outlined in the amendment. Two public comments were received during the 30-day period. One did not require modification of the amendment. INDOT provided a comment on DES 1173780 that this was only an administrative modification. NIRPC agreed and adjusted the amendment accordingly. On a motion by Mark O’Dell and a second by George Topoll, the Technical Planning Committee recommended FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment #18 to the Commission for adoption. Clarification will be sought from Charles Bradsky on a Cedar Lake project which was discussed at the Transportation Resource and Oversight Committee.


Topical Committee Reports


The next Technical Planning Committee meeting is February 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. at NIRPC. Hearing no other business, Kevin Breitzke adjourned the meeting at 10:55 a.m.


A Digital MP3 of this meeting is filed. Contact Mary Thorne at the phone number or email below should you wish to receive a copy or a portion of it.