NIRPC to hold 30-day public comment period on Air Quality Conformity Determination report for NWI 2050+ and 2024-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

January 4, 2024

NEWS FROM NIRPC – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 4, 2024

Contact:  Scott Weber

219-254-2520; sweber@nirpc.org

NIRPC to hold public comment period on Air Quality Conformity Determination Report for NWI 2050+ and 2024-2028 Transportation Improvement Program.

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will hold a 30-day public comment period on the Air Quality Conformity Determination Report for NWI 2050+ and the 2024-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The comment period begins January 5, 2024 and will end on February 4, 2024. The Air Quality Conformity Determination Report demonstrates how implementing the projects in NWI 2050+ and the 2024-2028 TIP will not cause the precursors of ground-level ozone pollution to exceed the motor vehicle emissions budgets in the Indiana State Implementation Plan. A copy of the draft Air Quality Conformity Determination Report document can be found on the NIRPC website here: https://nirpc.org/wp-content/uploads/Air-Quality-Conformity-Determination-Report_02.2015.pdf.

NWI 2050+ is a long-range plan for Northwest Indiana adopted by the NIRPC Commission in July 2023 that focuses on several important topics including roadways, transit, freight traffic, active transportation networks, land use patterns, and climate change. The NWI 2050+ document can be found on the NIRPC website here: https://nirpc.org/nwi-2050plus/.

NIRPC’s 2024-2028 TIP is a short-range financial and spending plan for the utilization of federal transportation funding and for regionally significant projects. These federal funds can be used for highway, transit, and non-motorized transportation projects. NIRPC’s TIP includes projects undertaken by municipalities, counties, transit operators, and the State of Indiana. Federal planning regulations guide the preparation and development of the TIP documents. The 2024-2028 TIP document can be found on the NIRPC website here: https://nirpc.org/wp-content/uploads/Invest-NWI-2024-2028-TIP-Final-Adopted.pdf.

Comments may be submitted until February 4, 2024 in the following ways:

  • Email: comments@nirpc.org
  • Phone: 219-763-6060
  • United States Postal Service: NIRPC, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN 46368

A public meeting will also be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, from 2 PM to 4 PM CST in the Lake Michigan Room at 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN 46368.

All comments received during the 30-day public comment period and at the public meeting will be compiled into a public comment report and responded to. This report will be made available to the public and distributed to the relevant NIRPC committees prior to any action on these items. It is anticipated that action will be taken at the February 6th, 2024 meeting of the Technical Planning Committee, followed by the February 15th, 2024 meeting of the NIRPC Commission.

Requests for alternative formats may be directed to NIRPC by calling 219-763-6060, or by email at comments@nirpc.org. TTY users may use the Relay Indiana service by calling 711 or 800-743-3333.

NIRPC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Council of Governments for La Porte, Lake, and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana. Working collaboratively across the region, NIRPC coordinates regional comprehensive planning and programming for transportation, economic development, and environmental policy.

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