The Illinois International Port District (IIPD), in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), is conducting a study in order to develop a Port Master Plan (the Plan). The purpose of the Plan is to provide the IIPD with a clear vision of how the Port should develop through 2050 with input from the communities and stakeholders. The Plan vision will encompass IIPD’s property: Iroquois Landing and Lake Calumet. The Plan will identify strategies to better utilize existing facilities and position the Port to realize its full economic potential, while also providing workforce, community, recreational and environmental benefits. These strategies will consider the Port’s position within local, regional, state, national and international contexts and how it can support stakeholders’ planning goals. Ultimately, the Plan will also help the Port secure local, state, federal and other funding for much needed repairs and improvements.
The Plan will be divided into two phases. The first phase will include examining existing conditions, performing market assessments and visioning. In the second phase, several scenarios for improvements and potential developments will be identified, while also identifying key recreational, community and environmental initiatives. The outcome of this Master Plan will be a series of near and long-term implementable actions that will be undertaken by the Port and its partners. The study is supported by funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation and CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program.