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  1. The Status of Regional Planning in Indiana PCRD - The Many Faces of Regionalism: From the Mega to the Micro April 2008 Lisa Gehlhausen, John Swanson, Corey Hull

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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)

  5. What are Regional Councils? • Economic Development Districts (EDDs) • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) • Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) • Councils of Governments (COGs) • Others…

  6. 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

  7. Who do Regional Councils Serve? • 59 of Indiana’s 92 Counties • Municipalities: 350 • Population: 3,323,377 • 76.5% Urban • 23.5% Rural

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Regional Planning in Northwest Indiana John A. Swanson Executive Director April 16, 2008 Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

  12. 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

  13. What is NIRPC? • Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission • Created in 1965 • Metropolitan Planning Organization • Council of Governments • Covers Lake, La Porte, and Porter Counties

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Communities in Northwest Indiana LaPorte County Porter County Lake County 3 Counties and 41 Cities and Towns

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Northwest Indiana Population 1970-2000, with 2030 Projection 764,786 2006 Source: Census Bureau Indiana Business Research Center

  21. Northwest Indiana Employment 1970-2000, with 2030 Projection 307,700 2007 Source: Census Bureau Indiana Department of Workforce Development

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. Regional TransportationPlan Projects

  25. NICTD (South Shore Line) Expanded Commuter Rail

  26. Existing PublicTransportation

  27. Comprehensive Regional Transit System

  28. PRIORITY REGIONAL TRAILS AND CORRIDORS In Northwestern Indiana January, 2007

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. Economic DevelopmentInitiatives • Intermodal Task Force • Regional Development Authority Support • NW Indiana Forum Partnership • Comprehensive Economic Development Study

  33. Local Government Planning Support • Sensible Tools Handbook • Safe Routes to School • Smart Growth Workshops – Low Impact Development • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Initiatives • Towns & Small Cities Program

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

  35. Interregional Cooperation Wingspread Accord – 2001 - Government Leadership Forum - Federal & State Partners - Increase Communication - Improve Planning - Coordination

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. Current IARC Initiatives • Promote Regionalism • Statewide coverage of regional planning organizations • Create long-term Relationships • Partner Agencies • Voice for Regionalism

  42. IARC and Regional Council Partners

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. Contact IARC • Anne Trobaugh • Executive Director • 200 South Meridian Street, Suite 340Indianapolis, IN 46225 • 317-237-6200 • 317-237-6206 (fax) • www.iarconline.org • atrobaugh@citiesandtowns.org • 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