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Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Road Portage, Indiana 46368 (219) 763-6060 AGENDA 2040 CRP Steering Committee January 28, 2010 9:00 AM at NIRPC 9:00 Welcome Introductions Review Minutes of Previous Meeting (November 12 Minutes) (November 12 Summary) 9:05 Timeline; Where We Are and Next Steps 9:10 Outreach Subcommittee Report (Sergio Mendoza) Introduction of New Staff Member Update 9:15 Open Houses Update and Results 9:45 Goals and Objectives Update Definitions Review (Definitions Handout) (Goals and Objectives List) 10:15 Next Steps: Scenarios 10:20 Other Business Staff Comments/Announcements Steering Committee Comments Public Comments 10:30 Adjourn Next Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, February 25 @ 9:00 AM at NIRPC Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Road Portage, Indiana 46368 (219) 763-6060 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Steering Committee Meeting NIRPC Auditorium November 12, 2009 Minutes Members Mike Aylesworth, Geof Benson, Mitch Bishop, Cassandra Cannon, Dale Engquist, Phil Gralik, Jerry Halperin, Richard Herr, George Malis, Sergio Mendoza, Richard Morrisroe, Sandy O’Brien, Charles Oberlie, Pat Pullara, Mark Reshkin, Jill Ritchie, Garry Traynham, Joseph Wszolek Guests Jim Arendas, Joe Csikos, Vince Galbiati, Joe Kusiak, Bruce Lindner, Jerry Tessarolo, Rich Underkofer Consultant Phil Hanegraaf Staff Gabrielle Biciunas, Bill Brown, Eman Ibrahim, Belinda Petroskey, Lauren Rhein, Stephen Sostaric, Mary Thorne, Tom VanderWoude Chairman Chuck Oberlie called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. with self-introductions. On a motion by Jill Ritchie and a second by Jerry Halperin, the minutes and summary were approved as submitted. Cluster Workshop Synthesis Report Presentation Phil Hanegraaf commended the NIRPC staff for their help in consolidating all the data and analysis. The process for the five workshops held was described. A total of about 130 citizens gave clear indications of what they want to see for the region as well as identified some expectations of what could realistically occur. Tom VanderWoude explained the synthesized mapping of centers, corridors and green areas which will be included in the final report which will then go out to the counties in January for review. The next steps will be developing future scenarios based on the information from the report and on measures such as travel, costs, environmental impacts, etc. It was suggested that clearer user- friendly presentations on television, radio and other forms of media be made. Also, the impact on current water resources and infrastructure must be examined. Outreach Subcommitee Sergio Mendoza reported that RFQ’s for both Community Advocate and Outreach Coordinator positions are posted on NIRPC’s website at www.nirpc.org. The deadline for submissions is November 30th. Goals & Objectives The committee was provided with both the current definitions of draft goals & objectives as well as suggested samples obtained from other regional efforts for review. Feedback may be sent to Gabrielle Biciunas at NIRPC. The next Steering Committee meeting will be on January 28 at 9:00 a.m. at NIRPC. Chairman Oberlie adjourned the meeting at 10:40 a.m. Handouts provided: Agenda October 22 Meeting Minutes October 22 Meeting Summary Draft Cluster Workshop Report dated 11/12/09 Current definitions of Draft Goals and Objectives Suggested sample definitions of Goals and Objectives Audio tapes of this meeting are filed. Contact Mary Thorne at NIRPC should you wish to schedule a time to hear them. Respectfully submitted, Mary Thorne, Planning Secretary Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Road Portage, Indiana 46368 (219) 763-6060 SUMMARY 2040 CRP Steering Committee November 12, 2009 9:00 AM at the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) Chairman Mayor Oberlie welcomed everyone and introductions were made by members and guests. Members reviewed and approved the October 22nd minutes as presented. The following are highlights from the meeting: 1. Presentation on Cluster Workshop Synthesis Report: Phil Hanegraaf, HNTB Consultant, provided an overview of the purpose, process and results of the cluster workshops. Tom Vander Woude explained the synthesized centers, corridors, green areas and composite maps. The draft cluster workshop report was available to members at the meeting for their review and comment. Next steps in the process include feedback on the report results, organization and outcomes of the open houses and preparation for the regional scenarios. Discussion on different measures such as travel, cost, physical impacts will be compared in alternative scenarios. User friendly presentations on television, radio and other forms of media and public access, consideration of the comprehensive drainage plan into the 2040 process, as well as better clarification of centers were suggested. 2. Outreach Subcommittee Report: The RFQ’s for both Community Advocate and Outreach Coordinator positions are posted and available on NIRPC’s website www.nirpc.org. Deadline for RFQ submissions is November 30th. 3. Goals and Objectives Update: Members were given the current and researched example goals & objectives definitions for information and consideration in order to reach a common definition. Feedback and suggestions on definitions can be sent to NIRPC staff Gabrielle Biciunas at email@example.com. Goal of the next meeting will be to firm up the definitions of “goals and objectives” and applying the definitions to the draft Goals & Objectives Matrix. 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Try to steer redevelopment instead of greenfields like Winfield and area between Michigan City and LaPorte. Some transportation corridors are good (modes of transit), some are not (Illiana). Has anyone from NIRPC proposed a public transit solution to the work traffic going mainly to BOP daily now that Cline Avenue has been permanently closed? It seems there is a concentration of people going the same place at the same time period. Could have park and ride along I-65 and near 80-94 in Porter County. IT would be better for the workers to live in those communities, particularly ones with some power over environmental impact on the neighboring communities to the industrial emissions. The scenarios should have cost ledgers that account for the last generations of children in bad schools and neighborhoods, the poorer health from concentrated pollution near industry and major highways and from too much time spent driving, cost of crime, cost of moving south and east to greenfields, cost of community volunteerism, loss from too much time spent driving in traffic to and from work, etc. People need to be able to compare the costs of business as usual with redevelopment and revitalization. Consider: (1) A regional plan and organizational entity for storm water management. (2) Incremental development of commuter rail first to Munster, second to Valparaiso. I question the cost/benefit of an extension to Lowell. A better bus system is likely to be a more cost-effective solution. (3) A soil/productivity analysis to identify prime agricultural land. (4) Extend Illiana Expressway to I-55 from I-65 to reduce congestion on the Borman. (5) Give priority to the redevelopment of Gary adjacent to the IUN Campus. So many issues are involved in a comprehensive plan. I am particularly interested in transportation development as a tool for economic development and an alternative to our current susceptibility to rising energy costs. COMMENTS FROM 1/19/10 CRP OPEN HOUSE Too many times the primary talk of commuter rail system expansion talks just of “to and from Chicago.” This is not necessarily true with most communities, especially in Porter County. Local mass/public transit would better serve the significant portion of Lake and especially Porter Counties. Inconsistent assessment of existing and potential trail and rail-trail corridors – only Prairie-Duneland Trail used. Oak-Savannah, Erie-Lackawanna, Calumet, C&O, Marquette and Iron Horse trails not assessed (all existing). Also, Pennsy- Greenway, Hammond and Whiting trails, Dunes-Kankakee corridor, Gary Greenlink, US 421 corridor (all under development). These should be factored into transportation as well as recreation studies. Void of workers who would take manual jobs. Manual labor became a dirty word. And wages in the lower income stagnated. Through government policies free enterprise became government enterprise. Most all business got some kind of tax breaks or grants and as this grew, states, counties, towns, cities, schools started depending on grants or tax abatements etc. to keep up job growth. All of these made it harder for us to compete in world markets. The problem now is that we want to continue on a “martini life style with a beer income.” NIRPC, the RDA and RTA wants to look to the future which is good, but now we should be looking at the present. How do we get out of the hole we have dug? One of the poor examples I just read about in the paper is the re making of the entrance to the Dunes, notably the remaking of the 40-20 cloverleaf and the millions it will cost. I read where a government grant was made to Porter for this project. Will this help the quality of life or the economy of this area? very little. It would be much better if that money were to be spent on improving the Chesterton, Porter sewer system and treatment plant. Every time we get a one-inch rain in 15 minutes or a 3 inch rain in 36 hours the gates are opened and raw sewage passes on into our waterways and lake Michigan. Now that is long range distribution not improvement. As for more transit, we should make the South Shore efficient and accommodating before we think of any public expansion of mass transit. Would not a 3 or 4-story parking garage and a covered walkway and boarding platform at the Tremont station be a better way to improve ridership and improve to fix the Kingston connection to the Hegwish station? Another thing, encourage development in North Porter County instead of pushing for more development in South county agriculture districts. Fix the Gary airport and heal Gary and Hammond before re________ the rest of our county. Construction jobs do not make for a strong economy over the long haul. Bedroom communities will never pay for the schools, police, fire, roads, etc. needed to support them. Get industry and business and enterprise ____ ____ in Illinois. CREATING TOMORROW TODAY CREATING THE PLAN Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Road Portage, Indiana 46368 (219)763-6060 REGIONAL OPEN HOUSE As you fill this page out, please follow the poster boards and seek out NIRPC staff for clarifications. Please circle the number below indicating your level of support from 1-5 with 1 “Strong Support”, 3 “Neutral” and 5 “I need more convincing”. Do you support the concept of future growth and development taking place around existing population and employment centers? Strong Support Neutral I need more convincing 1 2 3 4 5 Do you agree that the redevelopment of the urban core cities is a high priority for Northwest Indiana? Strong Support Neutral I need more convincing 1 2 3 4 5 Are the transportation improvements and new corridors identified here the right ones to help you get around in the region? Strong Support Neutral I need more convincing 1 2 3 4 5 Do you support the call for expanded regional public transportation? Strong Support Neutral I need more convincing 1 2 3 4 5 Do you support as a high priority the conservation and preservation of agricultural land? Strong Support Neutral I need more convincing 1 2 3 4 5 Do you support as a high priority the conservation and protection of environmentally significant areas? Strong Support Neutral I need more convincing 1 2 3 4 5 Where do you stand on the Illiana Expressway? Yes No Not standing yet Where do you stand on the expansion of commuter rail? Yes No Not standing yet Are we bold enough as we plan for 2040? Strong Support Neutral I need more convincing 1 2 3 4 5 Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission CRP Steering Committee 01.28.10 Goals and Objectives Definitions Goals are broad policy statements that state a desired outcome in general terms. They describe an end-state. Keywords to think about when crafting goals: achievements, outcomes, accomplishments Objectives are more specific elements of the goals, they begin to provide specific policy directions. They may ultimately be tied to performance measures * that will be monitored to track our progress towards the goals and to give us an understanding of whether or not our actions and strategies are effective. Therefore, they should be relatively simple. Objectives: define the achievement the conditions necessary to achieve the goal measurable “how” the goal looks Additional guidelines to keep in mind Goals and objectives should be: Suitable: Does it fit with the vision and mission? Acceptable: Does it fit with the values of the agency and the community? Understandable: Is it stated simply and easy to understand? Flexible: Can it be adapted and changed as needed? Vision Themes: - A Vibrant Region Keywords: thriving economy, education, clean environment - A Revitalized Region Keywords: planned growth, renewed urban areas, protected natural and rural areas - An Accessible Region Keywords: connected people and opportunities - A United Region Keywords: celebrating diversity, working together, good of the region * Performance measurement is the use of evidence to determine progress toward specific defined organizational objectives. This includes both quantitative evidence (such as the measurement of customer travel times) and qualitative evidence (such as the measurement of customer satisfaction and customer perceptions). Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission CRP Steering Committee 01.28.10 Goals and Objectives Background The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) contains the following provisions, which, one FHWA publication states, serve as de facto goals for transportation planning: 23 USC Sec. 134 STATUTE- (a) Policy. - It is in the national interest to – (1) encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of surface transportation systems that will serve the mobility needs of people and freight and foster economic growth and development within and between States and urbanized areas, while minimizing transportation-related fuel consumption and air pollution through metropolitan and statewide transportation planning processes identified in this chapter; and (2) encourage the continued improvement and evolution of the metropolitan and statewide transportation planning processes by metropolitan planning organizations, State departments of transportation, and public transit operators as guided by the planning factors identified in subsection (h) and section 135(d). (h) Scope of Planning Process. - (1) In general. - The metropolitan planning process for a metropolitan planning area under this section shall provide for consideration of projects and strategies that will - (A) support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency; (B) increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users; (C) increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users; (D) increase the accessibility and mobility of people and for freight; (E) protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns; (F) enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight; (G) promote efficient system management and operation; and (H) emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system. Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission CRP Steering Committee 01.28.10 The DOT / HUD / EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities established six livability principles that will act as a foundation for interagency coordination: 1. Provide more transportation choices. Develop safe, reliable and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote public health. 2. Promote equitable, affordable housing. Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation. 3. Enhance economic competitiveness. Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers as well as expanded business access to markets. 4. Support existing communities. Target federal funding toward existing communities – through such strategies as transit-oriented, mixed- use development and land recycling – to increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and safeguard rural landscapes. 5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment. Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy. 6. Value communities and neighborhoods. Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods – rural, urban or suburban. Source: http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2009/dot8009.htm Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission CRP Steering Committee 01.28.10 Draft Goals & Objectives 1. Goal: Build and Support the Growth of a Sustainable Regional Economy Objectives: Promote the diversification of the economy of Northwest Indiana Preserve the region’s industrial base as a key economic sector Promote energy and resource efficiency 2. Goal: Promote the Wise Management and Use of Water Resources Objectives: Reduce flooding Protect wetlands Minimize pollution of surface and ground water Promote restoration of watersheds Promote water conservation 3. Goal: Maintain Healthy and Clean Air Objective: Meet national ambient air quality standards Reduce air toxics Improve the aesthetics – noise, odor, discoloration – of our air 4. Goal: Revitalize Northwest Indiana’s Urban Cities and Older Suburbs Objectives: Promote infill development and redevelopment of brownfields and greyfields Support expansion of public access to Lake Michigan Encourage the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as mixed use developments Maintain and improve existing infrastructure systems including public transportation 5. Goal: Manage Growth to Maintain the Distinction between Urban, Suburban and Rural Areas and Strengthen the Unique Character of Each Objectives: Encourage mixed-use development and infill within existing urban centers Foster the development of livable centers Preserve farmland for large and small scale food production Foster the development of local food systems Encourage the concentration of development around existing infrastructure and utilities Promote transit-oriented development Encourage transit-supportive land uses that link jobs and housing 6. Goal: Protect Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Important Ecosystems Objectives: Encourage and plan for the responsible use of Lake Michigan and its shoreline Promote the development and preservation of green infrastructure Promote conservation and cluster development Encourage quality design that respects the natural characteristics of the land Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission CRP Steering Committee 01.28.10 7. Goal: Improve the Energy Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness of the Surface Transportation System Objectives: Rebuild and maintain the region’s existing transportation infrastructure Congestion management objective ITS Objective Promote alternatives to the single occupant vehicle Improve network connectivity Encourage land use policies that mix jobs and housing 8. Goal: Improve Safety and Security Objectives: Reduce motorized and non-motorized crashes 9. Goal: Develop a Secure, Reliable and Accessible Regional Public Transit System Objectives: Establish connections between transportation modes Promote complete streets Support the improvement and expansion of commuter rail Support the expansion and regionalization of bus service Promote transit-oriented development and transit-supportive land uses Support efforts to improve transit security Increase system capacity for demand-response transit 10. Goal: Improve the Non-Motorized Transportation Network Objectives: Continue to develop a regional bike and pedestrian trail system Promote complete streets 11. Goal: Increase Mobility and Accessibility for People and Freight Objectives: Improve connectivity between low income and minority populations to major employment and activity centers Improve network connectivity across and between modes Congestion management objective ITS Objective 13. Goal: Advance social equity Objectives: Maintain an open and inclusive planning process that includes all people regardless of age, gender, income, race, ethnicity or disability status. Promote environmental justice, that is, the identification and fair distribution of the benefits and burdens caused by regional investments and policies. Support efforts to ensure that all members of our regional community have equal access to a high quality of life, including transportation, employment, housing, and recreational opportunities.