IMPLEMENTATION


Goals, Objectives & Policies


The following represents a summary of the goals, objectives and policies that have been either carried forward from previous plans (2005 and 2010 Ped & Pedal Plans), and feedback from numerous regional stakeholders during listening sessions and NIRPC meetings. The theme of these goals relate to the topics as covered in the Conservation, Recreation and Transportation chapters of the G&B 2020 Plan.


These goals are broken down into elements which help facilitate implementation and track their progress. These elements include:



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CONSERVATION

Goal C1: Encourage and promote the preservation of natural or naturalized conservation buffers and conservation corridors protecting and linking Northwest Indiana high quality priority conservation areas across the landscape


Objective C-1.1: Identify and Map Natural Ecological Communities currently remaining outside of conservation management.

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Field check and inventory natural communities identified through GIS Analysis

Seek Funding for ecological inventories

Seek Funding for ecological inventories

Seek Funding for ecological inventories

Seek Funding for ecological inventories

Seek Funding for ecological inventories and develop data sharing mechanisms

Seek Funding for ecological inventories

2

Educate Public and Decision Makers about the public and economic value of undeveloped natural areas

Receive presentations on ecosystem services values.

Incorporate Ecosystem Services into land use planning.

Develop brochures and educational programs on locally specific ecosystem services values.

Develop brochures and educational programs on locally specific ecosystem services values.

Develop brochures and educational programs on locally specific ecosystem services values.

C

Update Mitigation Priority maps and planning documents.

Update Mitigation opportunities and proprietaries maps

Update Mitigation opportunities and proprietaries maps

Performance Measures

  • Regional consensus map of existing natural communities adopted and integrated into Planning and Environmental Linkages Mitigation maps.

  • # of presentations given to local decision makers about ecosystem services valuations in their jurisdictions.


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Objective C-1.2: Promote acquisition or protection of conservation buffers surrounding and conservation corridors connecting existing lands managed for conservation

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage cooperative planning and partnerships between local park departments and conservation land owners

B

Pursue strategic open space acquisition that provides opportunities to expand existing open spaces and improve network connectivity for the benefit of wildlife and biodiversity.

Plan for additional right of way acquisition in project funds.

Work with partners on mapping and coordination.

Plan for additional right of way acquisition in project budgets. Work with partners on mapping and coordination.

Performance Measures

  • # Acres of land in conservation management

  • # Acres of transitional zone lands in recreational, low impact, or conservation development buffers surrounding conservation lands.

  • # Miles of greenway corridors in native landscaping.


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Objective C-1.3: Incorporate protection of conservation buffer areas and conservation corridors into local planning and ordinances

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage concentration of new growth around and away from infrastructure

Adopt conservation ordinances or zoning

Integrate preserved open spaces into new neighborhoods.

B

Adopt incentives for private property owners and developers to preserve areas adjacent to or connecting to conservation lands in native plantings

Adopt stormwater fee rebates, tax incentives, or density bonuses to encourage private conservation development.

Maintain native habitat areas adjacent to conservation lands.

Maintain native habitat areas adjacent to conservation lands.

Maintain native habitat areas adjacent to conservation lands through conservation development and cluster development.

Maintain native habitat areas adjacent to conservation lands.

Educate local governments on the value of incentivizing conservation on private lands. Provide technical support.

Performance Measures

  • # of municipalities with conservation development ordinances or zoning.

  • # of municipalities with habitat conservation incentives in place.


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Objective C-1.4: Promote and support habitat restoration and invasive species management on utility right of way managers. (Related to T-6.1)

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote and encourage invasive management on utility rights of way

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

B

Promote native plantings on utility rights of way

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Performance Measures

  • # of partnerships with utility right of way managers and conservation partners.


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Goal C2: Increase public access to natural ecological communities and conservation lands through conservation corridors.


Objective C-2.1: Increase the conservation functions of existing parks, recreational areas, open space, and trails

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State

& Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Increase naturalized and native landscaping along existing trails and in parks and open spaces

Include habitat goals in local park plans

Include habitat goals in landscape management plans

Provide technical support for development of management plans.

Include habitat goals in landscape management plans

Include habitat goals and conservation set asides in new developments

Include habitat goals in landscape management plans

Provide technical support and/or funding for development and implementation of management plans

Include habitat goals in landscape management plans

B

Develop and Implement invasive plant management plans in trail corridors, parks, and open spaces

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Provide technical support for development of management plans.

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Provide technical support and/or funding for management plans

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

C

Partner with conservation organizations to fund and implement long term maintenance and invasive species management

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Provide Technical Support to other land owners.

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

Provide technical support and funding for local invasive week management.

Work with Northwest Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Network

  • Miles of Recreational Trails with managed native landscaping

  • Acres of public parks and private open space in native landscaping adjacent to or connecting managed conservation lands

  • # of Cooperative Conservation Management Agreements in place in conservation hubs with fragmented land ownership


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Objective C-2.2: Promote and establish the formation of Greenway Centers to increase public access to conservation lands.

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Identify key locations existing and proposed for Greenway Centers, ideally at the intersections of trails, water trails, conservation lands, and public parks

Participate in mapping to Identify suitable Greenway Center locations

Mapping, facilitation to Identify suitable Greenway Center locations

B

Plan for and Invest in additional amenities at Greenway Centers, especially those called for in IDNR 2013 Lake Michigan Coastal Program Public Open Space Needs Assessment

Enhance amenities and wayfinding to create Greenway Centers at existing public parks

Enhance amenities and wayfinding to create Greenway Centers at existing conservation areas

Enhance amenities and wayfinding to create Greenway Centers at existing public parks

Enhance amenities and wayfinding to create Greenway Centers at existing public parks

C

Plan for new Greenway Centers with amenities at gaps in the regional open space access network.

Explore new public parks at regional gaps in access to the Greenway network

Explore new public amenities for public access in preserves where appropriate

Explore inclusion of public amenities for access to adjacent greenways

Explore new public amenities for public access on campuses adjacent to greenways

Explore new public amenities for public access in preserves where appropriate

Explore new public amenities for public access on campuses adjacent to greenways

D

Develop public or private eco-tourism infrastructure at Greenway Centers

Invest in wayfinding and other ecotourism supportive infrastructure

Explore entrepreneurial approaches to ecotourism

Explore entrepreneurial approaches to ecotourism

Invest in wayfinding and other ecotourism supportive infrastructure

Invest in wayfinding and other ecotourism supportive infrastructure

Explore entrepreneurial approaches to ecotourism

Performance Measures


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Objective T4.3: Establish NIRPC as a resource for technical assistance to the local planning agencies as the local network connects to the regional bikeway system

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Continue to host Ped, Pedal and Paddle Committee (3PC) meetings as a regional roundtable promoting best practices and encouraging implementation

Send representatives to 3PC meetings and other NIRPC meetings and functions

Attend NIRPC meetings to discover how to assist with regional goals

Send representatives to 3PC meetings and other NIRPC meetings and functions

Consider attending NIRPC

meetings or working with staff on opportunities

Consider attending NIRPC

meetings or working with staff on opportunities

Consider attending NIRPC

meetings or working with staff on opportunities

Continue to host 3PC and other events and workshops

Consider attending NIRPC

meetings having staff visit campus for presentation

B

Keep NIRPC website and social media up-to-date on progress

Monitor NIRPC website for updates

Regularly check NIRPC website

Monitor NIRPC website for updates

Monitor NIRPC website for updates

Assign NIRPC staff to keep current

Monitor NIRPC website for updates

C

Create models tracking average trip lengths for walkers and bicyclists

Submit data to NIRPC if

possible

Help with research for NIRPC

Submit data on employees biking to work

Create models for measurements

Assist NIRPC with research

Performance Measures

  • Regular monthly meetings of NIRPC’s 3PC

  • Monthly review of NIRPC website to keep non-motorized information current

  • Produce aggregate average trip distance for all modes of travel, gauging potential for non-motorized travel


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Objective T4.4: Promote the provision of public access to bicycles

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Research options to install bicycle sharing ports

Look into locating ports where feasible

Promote installation of ports where feasible

Research locations in region where ports would be feasible

Look into new ports at campus locations

B

Collaborate with local entities to provide funding for bicycle sharing systems

Seek creative funding for ports

Assist local entities with funding opportunities

Sponsor new port locations

Promote federal funding where feasible

Performance Measures

  • Number of bicycle sharing ports opened annually


Objective T4.5: Promote non-motorized transportation economic benefits

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Provide data on economic gains from nearby trails and walkable business districts

Collect sales data and jobs created

Conduct research on economic output

Provide data on home and rental costs

Provide data on employee numbers and sales

Collect regional data and provide baselines

Assist with data collection

B

Encourage bicycle tourism market

Work with chambers of commerce and install USBR signs

Offer homes for rental or space in yards for campers

Work with local and county tourism offices

Develop a “bike-friendly business” plan to attract visitors

Work with chambers, tourism and get signs installed

Performance Measures

  • Amount of USBR signs installed per year

  • Number of new jobs created by trail corridors per year after opening of facility


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Goal T5: Maintain a set of funding priorities to allow for the implementation of a regional non-motorized transportation network


Objective T5.1: Maintain a collaborative regional-level decision-making environment

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Encourage regular participation at 3PC meetings

Assign representative to attend

Assign representative to attend

Assign representative to attend

Promote meetings and hold regularly

Assign representative to attend

B

Keep updated email lists for meeting and funding notifications

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Like NIRPC G&B Facebook page and Twitter

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Regularly update lists

Confirm on email list for 3PC

Performance Measures

  • Regularly review NIRPC’s Constant Contact lists

  • Monthly notices of 3PC meetings on NIRPC website and all social media


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Objective T5.2: Identify funding sources to implement and develop non-motorized transportation networks

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote and encourage non-motorized applications for NIRPC attributable federal funding programs (STP, CMAQ, HSIP, etc.)

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information or check NIRPC website

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information or check NIRPC website

Use 3PC meetings, emails and social media to notify about funding programs

Participate in 3PC meetings for current information or check NIRPC website

B

Research all potential public and private sources outside traditional non- motorized funding avenues

Work with

non-traditional sources for creative funding strategies

Consider donating land or finances for network development

Research new funding opportunities and share with local and regional entities

Consider donating land or finances for network development

Consider donating land or finances for network development

Consider donating land or finances for network development

Research new funding opportunities and share with local and regional entities

Assist in researching new funding avenues via student projects

Performance Measures

  • Update pedestrian and bicycle facilities federal funding application with 3PC

  • Number of non-motorized plans created, or infrastructure developed with funding not attributable to NIRPC


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Goal T6: Reduce ecological impacts of transportation networks through promotion and deployment of green infrastructure.


Objective T6.1: Promote Ecologically Sensitive management of transportation Rights of Way

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Promote and encourage invasive management on transportation rights of way

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

B

Promote native plantings on transportation rights of way

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

C

Promote and Support wildlife crossings in significant conservation areas.

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

Participate in conservation friendly RoW management working group

D

Require culverts and other drainage structures be right sized for aquatic resource protection and connectivity.

Identify areas where culverts and drainage structures inhibit aquatic connectivity

Identify appropriate design standards

Identify appropriate design standards

Performance Measures

  • Linear miles of right of way with invasive management plans.

  • Linear miles of right of way with native plantings

  • Number of wildlife crossings installed on roadways in significant conservation areas.

  • Model purpose and need statements for culverts and other roadway drainage structures.


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Objective T6.2: Expand use of functional green infrastructure practices for stormwater management in transportation rights of way

Policy

Local Government

Private Property

Land Trusts/ Advocates

Linear Corridor Owners

Developers

Corporate Property Owners

Federal, State & Regional

Institutions of Education

A

Adopt a NIRPC Green Streets Policy

Participate in a working group to develop a Green Streets policy

Participate in a working group to develop a Green Streets policy

B

Develop a Northwest Indiana Green Streets Manual

Participate in a working group to develop a Green Streets Manual

Participate in a working group to develop a Green Streets Manual

Participate in a working group to develop a Green Streets Manual

C

Promote Adoption of local Green Streets Policies

Adopt local green streets policies

Educate communities about the value of Green Street Policies and Incentivize their adoption.

Performance Measures

  • Adoption of a NIPRC Green Streets Policy as companion to Complete Streets

  • Completion of a Northwest Indiana Appropriate Green Streets Manual

  • # of Presentations on Green Streets Policy adoption to local officials

  • # of Green Streets Policies Adopted


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