Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m.


1.0 Call to Order Greg Stinson

2.0 Approval of Minutes of November 7, 2018 Meeting - Page 1

    1. Regional Planning

    2. Presentation: 2050 Plan Draft Strategies Identification - Work session to review quality of place-related strategies.

NIRPC staff will discuss and solicit feedback on strategies to pursue in the 2050 Plan. The strategies identified in the 2050 Plan will be focused upon the four Plan vision statements and guide future NIRPC planning activities.

4.0 Communities Update Everyone

    1. Announcements

    2. Next Meeting February 6, 2019 at 10 a.m.

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Land Use Committee Meeting NIRPC dune Room November 7, 2018

Call to Order – Mark O’Dell called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. with self-introductions. Members present included Mark O’Dell, Dennis Cobb, Kristina Kuzma, Phil Gralik, Nick Bellar, Tom VanderWoude, Jake Dammarell and La’Kisha Girder. Staff present included Eman Ibrahim, Mitch Barloga and Mary Thorne.

The minutes of the October 3, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Tom VanderWoude and a second by Phil Gralik.

Regional Planning

Regional Land use Update – Eman Ibrahim presented on parcel-based land use data which will be used to quantify use changes. NIRPC is looking for a GIS staff or intern. Missing parcels are from steel mills, Kingsbury facility, Lake of the Four Seasons, Briar Ridge and staff is working with local government to identify all of the parcels. NIRPC projected an increase in population in the 2040 Plan, but the region lost about 7,742 people overall. An analysis of working strategies for 2050 will help us determine what the region might need in the future. E-commerce is booming and we are also looking at how communities will repurpose closing retail sites.

2020-2024 TIP Programmatic Approach & Scoring

Mitch Barloga presented the final project type and criteria scoring for Quality of Place projects. which will be used to recommend allocations of funding to the Technical Planning Committee. These revisions were based on this committee’s previous input. Program criteria and points were reviewed by the Committee and changes were made live as needed based on consensus of the group. The NOFA will be out later in November. Submissions are due in January.

Communities Update

There were no updates.


There were no announcements.

The next meeting of the Land Use Committee will be on December 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Dune Room. On a motion by Phil Gralik and a second by Nick Bellar, Mark O’Dell adjourned the meeting at 1:05 p.m.