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Lake Michigan Coastal Program > Coastal Issues > TAPP Technical Assistance Planning Program TAPP Technical Assistance Planning Program

TAPP Technical Assistance Planning Program
TAPP was created in support of the 2005 MOA between EPA and NOAA and as an outgrowth of the Marquette Plan implementation came the creation of TAPP. This LMCP component is focused on providing technical planning assistance to units of government, education institutions and non-profit organizations within the LMCP area. Planning assistance provided include sustainable land use planning, smart growth principles, conservation development, and natural resource planning into comprehensive plans, ordinances, sub-area plans, and other planning initiatives. TAPP works in conjunction with the CAB, and Planning Committee.

TAPP Planning Committee
The Planning Committee offers additional professional recommendations on LMCP planning grant proposals as well as on LMCP projects, and local program area projects. TAPP also partners with agencies of similar endeavors to help bring planning trends and other planning initiatives to the forefront. The volunteer planning committee has three components. Each component has three seats for a total of nine Planning Committee Members. More than half (55.5%) of the Planning Committee seats are required to meet planning qualification and follow regulations and procedures. 

The LMCP/TAPP Planning Committee composition:

CAB members: 

  • CAB Planner* 
  • One voting or non-voting CAB representative 
  • One voting or non-voting CAB representative

 LMCP Partners: 

  • NIRPC * (Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission) 
  • RDA (Regional Development Authority) 
  • Planning with POWER (Protecting Our Water & Environmental Resources)

Program Area Planners: 

  • Lake County or municipal level planner*
  • Porter County or municipal level planner* 
  • La Porte County or municipal level planner*

* Qualifications required

TAPP Toolkit
The TAPP Toolkit is a collection of Sate, and Northwest Indiana Regional plans to be used as a resource for identifying projects which support the endeavors of the State, Regional Agencies, LMCP and partners. Each planning document within the toolkit is grouped into one of eight categories:

  • Smart Growth
  • Sustainable Planning
  • Land Use Plans
  • Transportation Plans
  • Environmental Plans
  • Economic Development
  • Historic Preservation
  • Planning Resources

State and Northwest Indiana Regional Plans are within each of the eight categories listed above. Below is the TAPP Toolkit which provides an abstract of the resource document as well as where to locate the document.

Coastal Hazards Model Ordinance
Coastal hazards challenge municipalities and decision makers when planning for shoreline development, protection, and permit issuing. A theory to remedy this challenge is to have an integrated approach to shoreline management unifying the different levels of government agencies responsible for regulating shoreline management with a balance between shoreline development and conservation. To protect the Indiana shoreline from coastal hazards, model ordinances have been drafted and listed in the Indiana Costal Hazards Model Ordinances to offer various approaches to shoreline hazards protection, where Lake Michigan meets Indiana.

Education and Outreach
The purpose of TAPP education and outreach is to grow the public awareness of LMCP, Program Area Projects, Planning awareness and the impacts of land use and water quality. The education and outreach focus is to leverage promotional opportunities with partner and stakeholders for current and future decision makers.