SR 49 Corridor Master Plan
Sponsored by the City of Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission and Planning Department, this Corridor Plan was developed to address landscape conservation and development-related issues along a portion of State Route 49, extending from U.S. Highway 30 northward to U.S. Highway 6, a distance of approximately six miles, encompassing an area of approximately ten square miles.
The principal objective of the SR 49 Corridor Plan is to provide planning guidance and physical design direction for urban growth and development, regional change, and environmental management over the next ten to 20 years. A key goal of the Corridor Plan is to encourage professional/office development patterns that limit uncoordinated expansion in order to preserve the corridor’s natural, cultural and scenic resources and amenities for which Porter County is known.
An arterial thoroughfare (Memorial Drive Extended) is proposed to run parallel to SR 49 in order to provide access to large portions of developable land, and ensure a coherent pattern of contiguous development that prevents sprawl and preserves open space and rural landscape character. The proposed thoroughfare promotes connectivity and manages access to existing transportation corridors while providing synergies with adjacent, complementary land uses.
Additional landscape preservation and commercial development strategies are organized within four focus areas: residential and commercial growth and development; transportation infrastructure; utilities infrastructure; economic development and corridor promotion.