The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and Indiana Landmarks would like to invite those interested to participate in a series of public open houses regarding current efforts to update the Marquette Plan, Northwest Indiana’s Vision for Lakeshore Reinvestment. These open houses will be held as follows:
November 4th: 2:00 – 3:30 pm at Gary Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Branch, 501 South Lake Street, Gary IN 46403. November 4th: 5:30 – 7 pm at Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark Street Whiting IN 46394
November 12th: 5:30 – 7 pm at City Hall Operations Center, 100 E. Michigan Blvd #2, Michigan City, IN 46360
November 18th: 5:30 – 7 pm at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission: 6100 South Port Road, Portage, IN 46368
Congressman Pete Visclosky, the creative force behind the Marquette Plan has said “Sweeping changes will not come overnight. Nor can they be dictated by one person or one governmental body. We in Northwest Indiana must sit together as a unified community and reach a consensus on our future”. In 2005 Phase I, and again in 2008 for Phase II, the region did come together on a future for our Lake Michigan Shore. The Marquette Plan’s strategic vision, common to both phases is to create a Livable Lakefront for the Region, where people can live, work, play & stay. The plan provides a framework for thinking and acting strategically to move toward environmental, economic, and social sustainability of our shoreline, with new and mixed uses, as well as increased public access to the vital Lake Michigan resource.
Since 2005 the Marquette Plan has not been a document that sits on the shelf. Many of our shorefront cities and towns have invested in projects and policies to implement the Marquette Plan, with the support of the Regional Development Authority, the Indiana DNR, and many other regional partners. For details on all the developments on the shoreline, visit the RDA’s Marquette Plan page at www.rdatransformation.com