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Lake Michigan Coastal Program > Technical Assistance Planning Program (TAPP) Technical Assistance Planning Program (TAPP)

Originally created in 2005 to aid in the implementation of the Marquette Plan, the Lake Michigan Coastal Program’s (LMCP) Technical Assistance Planning Program (TAPP) connects coastal decision-makers with resources to support sustainable development and natural resource planning. Through the TAPP, LMCP works with communities and organizations located within the state’s portion of the Lake Michigan basin on comprehensive plan updates, sub-area planning, local ordinance development, and other policy and coordination initiatives.

Please contact LMCP’s Coastal Resource Planner, Kaitlyn McClain, for further information about planning technical assistance at or 219-926-9757.

Coastal Advisory Board Planning Committee

The Planning Committee supports the work of the Coastal Advisory Board and LMCP’s TAPP. The Planning Committee provides recommendations on LMCP projects and LMCP Planning, Coordination, and Management grant applicant proposals. The Planning Committee also advises on local and regional project ideas, potential partnerships, and grant opportunities.

The 2017 meeting schedule is forthcoming. To be added to the Planning Committee email list or to get involved, please contact Kaitlyn McClain at

TAPP Initiatives and Resources

NOAA Office for Coastal Management's Digital Coast

The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA.

Data sets range from economic data to satellite imagery. The site contains visualization tools, predictive tools, and tools that make data easier to find and use. Information is also organized by focus area or topic.