PORTAGE | NIRPC’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan took the top honor at Tuesday’s American Planning Association’s conference in Chicago, NIRPC executive director Ty Warner announced at Thursday’s full commission meeting.
The 2013 Daniel Burnham Award for Comprehensive Plan honors the best planning efforts that create communities of lasting value, Warner told the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission executive board.
The plan has also garnered the National Association of Regional Councils’ Outstanding Achievement and the Indiana Chapter of the APA’s Outstanding Plan award.
Warner said that those attending the national conference “were blown away by what is going on in this region.”
The 2040 Plan is the first with a comprehensive vision for sustainable growth and revitalization of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, he said. While NIRPC is responsible for and most focused on long-range regional transportation planning, the 2040 Plan expands the planning efforts to how the elements of growth in Northwest Indiana interrelate, according to Warner.
This plan “is a blueprint for the future that builds upon the vision of a vibrant, revitalized, accessible and united three-county region,” Warner said. “It represents many hours of public engagement, commission deliberation and hard work collaboratively shaping the future of Northwestern Indiana.”