Progressive Sustainable Development in Northwest Indiana

APA Indiana Chapter


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

CM | 3

Add to My Log


This bus and walking tour will showcase progressive and sustainable planning in northwest Indiana and the ways in which planners, community actors, and various interests deploy these techniques and practices in different ways. From the modern country escape to a vibrant downtown, participants will take a journey through five unique areas. Tryon Farm is a historic landscape that has been transformed into a modern country escape for people who want to live in wide-open spaces, while staying connected to the urban area of Michigan City and the beach. Beachwalk is Indiana's first "New Urbanism" beach community with its attention to detail in street development and commons. You will also have the opportunities to explore the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, which includes a 157-acre complex of wetlands, woodlands, and prairie with more than 400 native plant species. You will walk the historic vibrant streets in downtown Valparaiso. Valparaiso has experienced several positive changes through rehabilitated building facades and streetscape improvements, which attracted more retail and restaurants to the downtown. By the end of the tour you will stop by the Village at Burns Harbor, a "Green Development" certified for environmental sustainability through high density, sustainable practices. 


Katie Rizer

Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy, Inc

Sarah Oudman

The Village Land Company, LLC

Tyler Kent

City of Valparaiso Planning Department

Scott Kuchta

AIA Global Engineering and Land Surveying

Contact Info

Tish Mayfield,