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The status of regional planning in indiana

The Status of Regional Planning in Indiana

PCRD - The Many Faces of Regionalism: From the Mega to the MicroApril 2008

Lisa Gehlhausen, John Swanson, Corey Hull


Regional planning in indiana

Regional Planning in Indiana

  • What does Regional Planning mean for small communities?

  • What benefits to local governments get from Regional Planning Councils?

  • What benefits do state government agencies get from Regional Planning Councils?


Why iarc

Why IARC?

  • The Indiana Association of Regional Councils was formed by regional councils throughout the State of Indiana to foster Community and Economic Development in designated areas


What are regional councils

What are Regional Councils?

  • Organizations that provide comprehensive, coordinated and cooperative regional planning services to local units of government

  • Many are organized under I.C. 36-7-7: Establishment of Regional Planning Commissions (Sec. 2)


What are regional councils1

What are Regional Councils?

  • Economic Development Districts (EDDs)

  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

  • Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs)

  • Councils of Governments (COGs)

  • Others…


Where are the regional councils

Where are the Regional Councils?

  • 12 Current Members

    • Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

    • Michiana Area Council of Governments

    • Region III-A Regional Planning Commission & Development District

    • Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council

    • Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission

    • Madison County Council of Governments

    • Eastern Indiana Development District

    • West Central Indiana Economic Development District

    • Southern Indiana Development Commission

    • Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

    • River Hills Regional Planning Commission & Economic Development District

    • Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission


Who do regional councils serve

Who do Regional Councils Serve?

  • 59 of Indiana’s 92 Counties

  • Municipalities: 350

  • Population: 3,323,377

    • 76.5% Urban

    • 23.5% Rural


What are regional councils2

What are Regional Councils?

  • US Economic Development Administration

    • Economic Development Districts

  • US Department of Transportation

    • Metropolitan Planning Organizations

  • Area Agencies on Aging

  • Intergovernmental/Regional Cooperation

    • Councils of Government

    • Regional Planning Commissions

    • Rural/Regional Planning Organizations

  • Or a combination of the above


What do regional councils do

What do Regional Councils Do?

  • Community Development

  • Transportation Planning

  • Economic Development

  • Technical Assistance

  • Housing Programs

  • Transit Services

  • Environmental Planning

  • GIS Data Development

  • Data Center/Analysis

  • Workforce Training


Tasks of regional councils

Tasks of Regional Councils

  • Support Local Governments

    • Cost Savings, Collaboration, Expertise

  • Grant Writing/Administration

    • Secure Federal/State/Private funds for local public improvements

    • Administer grants for local governments with small staffs

  • Develop Regional Consensus on Project Development

    • Comprehensive Planning

  • Technical Assistance

    • Ordinance Codification Services

    • Tax Abatements/TIFs

    • Landscape/Urban Design


The status of regional planning in indiana

Regional Planning in

Northwest Indiana

John A. Swanson

Executive Director

April 16, 2008

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission


The status of regional planning in indiana

The Northwest Indiana Region

Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties

2006 Population est. - 764,786

Covers 1,520 square miles

Part of the 16 County

Chicago Combined Statistical Area


The status of regional planning in indiana

What is NIRPC?

  • Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

    • Created in 1965

    • Metropolitan Planning Organization

    • Council of Governments

  • Covers Lake, La Porte, and Porter Counties


Why regional planning

Why Regional Planning?

  • Nature Ignores Boundaries

  • Systems Need More than Local Perspective

  • Creates a Forum for Identifying and Discussing Issues

  • Facilitates Collaboration and Cooperation

  • Creates Efficiencies

  • Brings in Federal $$$

  • Things CHANGE!


The status of regional planning in indiana

NIRPC’s Seven Core Functions

  • The Identification and Framing of Issues of Concern

  • Advocacy

  • The Identification of Potential Funding

  • Sources and the Pursuit of Funding

  • Project Planning, Programming

  • and Coordination

  • Participation in Partnerships

  • Transit Sub-Grantee Administration

  • The Direct Provision of Technical Services,

  • Data and Other Resources


An expanded nirpc

An Expanded NIRPC

  • 2003 Enabling Legislation

  • Expansion of Full Commission Board into Council of Governments format

  • Established Purpose of Commission to maintain a planning & programming process for:

    • Transportation;

    • Economic Development; and

    • Environmental Policies


The status of regional planning in indiana

Communities in Northwest Indiana

LaPorte County

Porter County

Lake County

3 Counties and 41 Cities and Towns


The status of regional planning in indiana

NIRPC 2007 Revenues

Local Contracts 16%

State Contracts / Grants 51%

Other Income / Interest 5%

County Appropriations 15%

Federal Contracts / Grants 13%

Total 2007 Revenues: $3,509,935


The status of regional planning in indiana

NIRPC Expenditures by Function in 2006

Economic Development 3%

Air Quality Programs 8%

General Operations & Misc. Projects 19%

Transportation Programs 53%

Other Environmental Programs 8%

River Basin Planning 9%

Total 2006 Expenditures: $3,425,701


The status of regional planning in indiana

Northwest Indiana Population

1970-2000, with 2030 Projection

764,786

2006

Source: Census Bureau Indiana Business Research Center


The status of regional planning in indiana

Northwest Indiana Employment

1970-2000, with 2030 Projection

307,700

2007

Source: Census Bureau Indiana Department of Workforce Development


The status of regional planning in indiana

300,000

241,978

250,000

234,746

200,340

200,000

186,937

172,723

Employment

150,000

141,333

94,865

100,000

86,336

66,400

64,865

65,718

48,300

50,000

34,500

25,000

16,900

0

1979

1983

1990

2001

2007

Service Producing

Goods Producing

Steel Mills

Northwest Indiana’s Transforming EconomyEmployment by Sector


The status of regional planning in indiana

Transportation Planning And Programming

  • Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

    • 20 year horizon or more

    • Guides selection of projects

    • Multi-modal and comprehensive

  • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

    • Short-term project list

    • Implements RTP

    • Annual Listing of Projects – “What Ever Happened to that Project?”

  • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

    • Defines all regional planning activities


The status of regional planning in indiana

Regional TransportationPlan Projects


The status of regional planning in indiana

NICTD (South Shore Line)

Expanded Commuter Rail


The status of regional planning in indiana

Existing PublicTransportation


The status of regional planning in indiana

Comprehensive Regional

Transit System


The status of regional planning in indiana

PRIORITY REGIONAL TRAILS AND CORRIDORS

In Northwestern Indiana

January, 2007


The status of regional planning in indiana

2008-2011 Programmed Projects Federal, State & Local Costs

Transit-Bus / Demand Response 5%

State Highways 40%

Regional Highways 20%

Enhancement/Other 6%

Transit-Commuter Rail 29%

Total: $896 Million


Regional environmental efforts

Regional Environmental Efforts

  • Air Quality:

    • Public Health & Transportation–

    • Extraordinary Road Trip (XRT); Asthma Awareness

    • Ride Share Program – www.sharethedrive.org

    • Partners for Clean Air

  • South Shore Clean Cities Partnership:

    • Alternative Fuels & Alternative Transportation Choices


Nwi greenways blueways plan

NWI Greenways & Blueways Plan

  • First plan of its type for all of NW Indiana region;

  • Expand on previous efforts of the Openlands Project & Chicago Wilderness in delineating regional open space;

  • Inventory potential water trail opportunities, and develop plan to aid in their use as recreational corridors (boat launches, camp sites, etc.);

  • Grant awarded from the Donnelley Foundation in Chicago, with plan completed in 2007.


Economic development initiatives

Economic DevelopmentInitiatives

  • Intermodal Task Force

  • Regional Development Authority Support

  • NW Indiana Forum Partnership

  • Comprehensive Economic Development Study


Local government planning support

Local Government Planning Support

  • Sensible Tools Handbook

  • Safe Routes to School

  • Smart Growth Workshops – Low Impact Development

  • Transit OrientedDevelopment (TOD) Initiatives

  • Towns & Small Cities Program


Public involvement

PublicInvolvement

Recipient of 2006 National Association of Regional Councils Distinguished Achievement Award for Regional Transportation Summit


The status of regional planning in indiana

Interregional Cooperation

Wingspread Accord – 2001

- Government Leadership Forum

- Federal & State Partners

- Increase Communication

- Improve Planning

- Coordination


What do other regional councils do

What do Other Regional Councils Do?

  • Michiana Area Council of Governments

    • Transit Operator

    • St. Joseph River Basin Commission

  • Madison County Council of Governments

    • Comprehensive Land Use Planning

    • Landscape Design and Urban Design Services

  • River Hills Regional Planning Commission/EDD

    • Community Development Programs

  • Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

    • Local Government Training/Education

    • Small Business Assistance Programs


What do other regional councils do1

What do Other Regional Councils Do?

  • West Central Indiana Economic Development District

    • Area Agency on Aging

      • Nutrition Programs

      • Transportation Services

  • Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission

    • Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning

    • Community Development Programs

  • Southern Indiana Development Commission

    • Brownfield Development Programs

    • Rural Transit


What do other regional councils do2

What do Other Regional Councils Do?

  • Eastern Indiana Development District

    • Agribusiness Development

    • Regional Strategic Planning

  • Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council

    • Regional Economic/Business Development

  • Region III-A Economic Development District & RPC

    • Regional Economic/Business Development

    • Housing Programs

  • Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission

    • Head Start Programs


What does iarc do

What does IARC Do?

  • Forum for Regional Councils (Boards, Directors, Staffs)

    • Network

    • Share Ideas

  • Build Relationships with Partner Agencies

    • Federal, State and Local

  • Promote Regional Approach to…

    • Economic Development

    • Community Development

    • Transportation Planning

    • Regional Cooperation/Coordination

  • Support Rural Development


Iarc s strategic plan

IARC’s Strategic Plan

  • Purpose:

    • “The purpose of the Indiana Association of Regional Councils is to strengthen the capabilities of each member organization by sharing knowledge and expertise; and with one voice advocate the concept of regional planning and development through effective interaction with key federal, state and local decision makers.”

  • Goals & Objectives

    • Strengthen the IARC Organization

    • Serve as an Advocate for Regional Councils

    • Provide Information and Educational Opportunities to Members


Current iarc initiatives

Current IARC Initiatives

  • Promote Regionalism

    • Statewide coverage of regional planning organizations

  • Create long-term Relationships

    • Partner Agencies

    • Voice for Regionalism


Iarc and regional council partners

IARC and Regional Council Partners


Partnerships indot

Partnerships - INDOT

  • Rural/Regional Transportation Planning Program

    • Transportation Planning outside of MPO areas

    • Data Collection/Analyzation

      • Traffic Counts, Intersection Counts

    • Local Technical Assistance

      • Grant Writing, Project Development

    • State Technical Assistance

      • Project Development, Project Coordination

  • Regional Planning Throughout Indiana

    • District Cooperation


Partnerships ocra

Partnerships - OCRA

  • Local Assistance in Grant Writing and Administration

    • Community Focus Fund, CFF Planning, Rural Capacity Grants, CDBG, Community Economic Development Fund, etc.

  • Liaison between State and Locals

    • Provide local knowledge of communities to state officials

    • Coordinate/cultivate state and local programs and relationships

  • Value of the RPC model in unserved areas of the state


Partnerships pcrd eda

Partnerships – PCRD/EDA

  • Regional Partnerships

  • Technical Assistance to Indiana Regional Councils

    • Census Data Analyzation

    • Industry Cluster Analysis

  • Eastern Indiana Development District

    • Data Collection, Industry Cluster Analysis

    • TAP Program – 6 workshops, 40 businesses

  • River Hills

    • Assisted businesses in process development and product marketability

    • Energizing Rural Entrepreneurship Training


Partnerships idhs

Partnerships - IDHS

  • Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans

    • Work with Polis Center to develop GIS data

    • Identify potential pre-hazard mitigation projects

    • Assist in applying for funds for projects

  • Disaster Relief

    • Gathering information about area - post-disaster

    • Outreach – Inform people about their options

  • Future Partnerships

    • Northern Indiana Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans


Contact iarc

Contact IARC

  • Anne Trobaugh

    • Executive Director

  • 200 South Meridian Street, Suite 340Indianapolis, IN 46225

  • 317-237-6200

  • 317-237-6206 (fax)

  • www.iarconline.org

  • [email protected]

  • Mayor, William Graham

    • City of Scottsburg

  • John Swanson

    • Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

  • Lisa Gehlhausen

    • Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission

  • Corey Hull

    • Michiana Area Council of Governments


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