The draft document is now available for review. This document has been provided to City and County officials and each entity will soon begin their adoption process.
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The Porter County Municipal Airport, the City of Valparaiso, Porter County and the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation have commissioned a plan that will facilitate the most appropriate land use, infrastructure and development initiatives, to further promote and maximize the economic development potential of a fifteen square mile area surrounding the Porter County Municipal Airport.
The Porter County Municipal Airport is centrally located within the boundaries of Porter County Indiana and located to the east of Valparaiso. The airport is northeast of the intersection created by U.S. Highway 30 and SR 49, placing it approximately 45 statute miles southeast of Chicago. The planning area is under jurisdictional control of the City of Valparaiso and Porter County (Washington Township). The airport serves general aviation needs, however with its longest runway at 7,000 feet, has the required infrastructure to support aviation operations of the largest corporate fleet aircraft.
The outcome of this project will be a graphically intuitive plan that will create policies that guide future development around the Airport, identify key catalyst projects to spur development in the area, and address annexation and funding recommendations. This plan will address the physical and economic issues and opportunities at the Airport in order for this facility to development into an intermodal facility. Through this planning process, detailed recommendations regarding land use, transportation planning and airport planning, and shovel-ready sites and site development plans focusing on transit oriented design will be developed. Additionally, the plan will create strong, clear zoning recommendations that will implement this vision and policies in the plan.