Residential, Agricultural, and Commercial Development

Brief Meeting Summaries

February 13, 1995: Background information packets and newsletters were distributed. The Mission Statement was referenced. The group determined to use three breakout groups to examine issues. Meeting dates were chosen by consensus to be held weekly.

March 7, 1995: Numerous governmental entities were identified which had jurisdiction over issues of concern to the group. Issues were elicited for each of the three subjects (residential, agricultural, and commercial) of the group. Questions were raised and answered as to the role of the work groups in the light elected state and local officials. Defining and applying voluntary "best management practices" was seen as an alternative to over-regulation. Breakout groups were not used.

March 14, 1995: Work sheets prepared from the prior meeting for the three subjects of the group were coordinated, modified, and approved. The members clarified that the preparation of issue statements did not necessarily reflect a consensus of concern for those issues. There was a discussion of the feasibility of using "issue analysis" to evaluate issues and proposed solutions; a response was that a cost-benefit analysis was impracticable for the work groups, both in terms of time and money. There was a discussion as to whether development along the shoreline of Lake Michigan should relate to water dependency. Colored dots were placed next to the coordinated issue statements to identify the priorities for solution brainstorming. The group commenced brainstorming for "Land Use". The group determined that the weekly meeting schedule chosen on February 13 was not feasible.

April 4, 1995: The Facilitator made a brief presentation in which he suggested that the group might next seek to identify which issues would support immediate action, which would respond to a short-term solution, and which would respond to a long- term solution. The work group instead determined to continue with the brainstorming process. After agreeing that all possible solutions to "Land Use" issues had not necessarily been identified, the group determined to proceed in the order identified by the colored dots during the March 14 meeting. That order was

  • Property Rights,
  • Land Use,
  • Natural Resources Critical Areas,
  • Regulations, and
  • Pollution and Pollutants.
  • Brainstorming was then commenced and completed for "Property Rights".

April 18, 1995: The group was reminded that the zone along the coast had not yet been set, and there was a consensus that the zone should not proceed excessively inland. The group re- emphasized that the issues and possible solutions were achieved by the Nominal Group Method and did not necessarily reflect a consensus. Brainstorming was completed for "Land Use" and commenced and completed for "Pollution and Pollutants".

May 3, 1995: The Mission Statement was reviewed. Brainstorming was commenced and completed for the final two categories, "Regulations" and "Pollution and Pollutants." A letter from Jim Hebenstreit of the Division of Water was distributed, requesting assistance from the group as to how the final report should be structured when presented to the DNR. Reference was made to a request by the Ports, Industry, and Navigation Work Group that the DNR prepare a draft report for presentation to the group as its final regular meeting. The current group asked that a similar document be prepared for the May 23, 1995 meeting.

May 23, 1995: The draft report of the group was discussed and modified. The draft report was then returned to the Department of Natural Resources to incorporate the modifications and for re- circulation to members of the group.

Copies of the Meeting Summary for each meeting can be obtained from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water, Room W264, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Additional copies will be distributed to local libraries and to other repositories identified in DNR's Indiana's North Coast.