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

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 State, 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 Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities

While adaptation measures are becoming increasingly necessary for existing structures and developed areas, early planning in areas of new development or redevelopment can minimize potential future damage to life and property along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Coastal and shoreline structure planning and zoning decisions are made at the local level and vary between municipalities. Broad in scope, Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities provides information for local governments about coastal hazards and planning techniques to help officials make informed coastal hazard planning and mitigation decisions. The document introduces coastal hazard concepts, provides information about planning underway in Indiana shoreline communities, and presents coastal hazards model ordinance provisions. Please email Kaitlyn McClain, coastal resource planner, at, for technical assistance. 

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.

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.