Area Plan Commission of Tippecanoe County
20 N. Third St.
Lafayette, IN 47901
Executive Director: Sallie Fahey
Assistant Director of Transportation: Catherine Schoenherr
The Area Plan Commission of Tippecanoe County (TCAPC) is the multi-jurisdictional planning agency serving the Cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette, the Towns of Battle Ground, Clarks Hill, and Dayton, and unincorporated Tippecanoe County. Created in 1959 and following its reorganization in 1975, the Governor designated TCAPC as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Lafayette Urbanized Area. In 2010, TCAPC was designated as the Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) for adjacent Carroll County. TCAPC was reorganized again in 2015 to include the following additions: a separate Policy Board was created for the MPO and its membership increased to seventeen (17) following the City of West Lafayette designation as a Class II city. TCAPC's membership now includes six (6) citizens and eleven (11) elected officials.
TCAPC primary planning functions include comprehensive planning; current planning (zoning and land subdivision); transportation planning; demographic, housing and economic projections and forecasts; park planning; floodplain management; hazard mitigation planning; GIS functions including street addressing, and the key Census agency and depository for the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
The adopted Comprehensive Plan for Tippecanoe County is updated as needed and includes the following elements: land use recommendations for towns, neighborhoods and corridors; transportation and thoroughfare plan; housing; and parks and recreation.
The TCAPC supports multi-modal relationships with CityBus and Purdue University and its Airport in long-range planning. The originally adopted bicycle and pedestrian plan is in the process of being updated and expanded.
In 2012, TCAPC and its member jurisdictions adopted the current Metropolitan Transportation Plan for 2040; it contains the community's Complete Streets Policy and guarantees that ten percent of the Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds be dedicated to stand-alone bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects on existing streets. Following adoption by both the MPO Policy Board and the Area Plan Commission, all long range transportation plan elements are recorded, which makes it officially part of the Comprehensive Plan for Tippecanoe County.
The MPO's Technical Transportation Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2PM in Lafayette City Hall. The MPO Policy Board meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2PM in Lafayette City Hall. The Area Plan Commission meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6PM in the Tippecanoe County Office Building.
The Executive Director and four additional staff dedicated solely to transportation planning keep the TCAPC and all member jurisdictions in compliance with transportation planning requirements. Additional staff is used for some aspects of transportation planning as needed and in keeping with their expertise. Staff's work is supervised by an Administrative Committee and supported by the Technical Transportation Committee.
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