Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities

Coastal winter shot

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 kmcclain@dnr.IN.gov, for technical assistance. 

Coastal Geodatabase

In 2013, the Lake Michigan Coastal Program developed a geospatial inventory of shoreline structures, land use types, shoreline dynamics data, and historic features for the area 1,000 feet landward of Lake Michigan. This geodatabase contains more than 60 GIS shapefiles, compiled to assist shoreline communities looking to incorporate coastal hazard considerations into local planning.