Public Comment Report

Greenways + Blueways 2020 Plan 30 Day Comment Period


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) held a 30‐day public comment period on the draft Greenways + Blueways 2020 plan. The comment period began on October 21, 2016 and ended on November 21, 2016.


Greenways + Blueways 2020 combines the 2007 Greenways + Blueways plan and the 2010 Ped

& Pedal Plan, and environmental elements of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. It is the first time that the areas of conservation, transportation, and recreation have all been combined into a single document for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. The plan was formed with input from public listening sessions and stakeholders with an interest in conservation of natural areas and open lands and non‐motorized transportation such as walking, biking, hiking, and paddling.

As part of the public comment period, four public meetings were held:

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Town of Cedar Lake

Office of the Town Administrator

7408 Constitution Ave - PO Box 707 - Cedar Lake,IN 46303 Tel (219) 374-7400 - Fax (219) 374-8588


November 18, 2016


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Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Road

Portage, IN 46368-6409


Attention : Mitch Barloga

Transportation Planning Manager


Subject: 2020 Greenways - Blueways Northwest Indiana Regional Plan Comment Period

Cedar Lake, Lake County, Indiana Dear Mr. Barloga:

The Town of Cedar Lake, Lake County, Indiana is notifying the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) of requested additions/revisions to the 2020 Greenways - Blueways Northwest Indiana Regional Plan. Local and regional connectivity were identified in the Town's recent revision to our Comprehensive Plan in 2012. The Town feels that connectivity is a strong benefit to our local community to access public services and to provide recreational access to our open spaces and fellow neighbors in St. John, Lowell, and Crown Point.


As part of a 2013 Donnelley Foundation grant administered by NIRPC, the Town developed a Green Infrastructure Plan summarizing a Conservation Corridor along Founders Creek and Cedar Creek. The Town currently owns several dozen properties within this corridor to facilitate future implementation of a greenway path that would provide recreational and educational benefits to the community. Cedar Creek is already identified as a Blueway in the 2020 Greenways - Blueways Plan from Cedar Lake to the southern Town corporate limit. This new greenway would provide connectivity from Lemon Lake County Park to Cedar Lake and surrounding public/private services including but not limited to the Town Hall, the Town Police Department, Lighthouse Restaurant, Lake of the Red Cedars Museum and Summerfest activities. A copy of the Green Infrastructure Plan is attached for your reference.


The Town also desires enhanced regional connectivity to provide our residents with non-motorized access to our neighboring communities and also encourage others to visit our Town. Currently, the Town is isolated in terms of non-motorized connectivity to other parts of the region with only the South Lake Corridor Trail (Medium Priority) included in the Priority Trail Corridors in the plan. The Town has identified a NIPSCO


corridor located on the eastern edge of Town that stretches to the southeast portion of St. John. The 133rd Avenue corridor would be the desired corridor for connectivity to Crown Point and the Morse Street corridor would be desired for connectivity to Lowell.


The Town of Cedar Lake requests that NIRPC considers adopting these requests and needs as part of the 2020 Greenways - Blueways NW Indiana Regional Plan.


Sincerely,


Town Administrator


Encl: As noted.


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The following are comments received via email from Health by Design.



Thank you for the opportunity to weigh-in on the plan. We look forward to partnering with you on its implementation.