Community Development and Planning

Community Development and Planning is responsible for planning, property development, and land use-related issues in the City of La Porte. The Department performs a variety of services intended to protect and maintain sustainable neighborhoods, guide property owners on zoning and development issues, and develop strategies to ensure the future viability of attractive residential and commercial areas within an economically healthy community.

Our Vision

La Porte, surrounded by lakes and walkable historic downtown, is the best-kept secret in Indiana. The City of La Porte is a community dedicated to outdoor recreation while fostering a vibrant downtown for businesses and remote workers. La Porte is the walkable city of the future. La Porte’s master plan includes connecting Downtown, Newporte Landing, and all neighborhoods to a beautiful trail system that traverses lakes and parks. The vision for La Porte’s healthy recreation initiatives, innovative business development, and year-round, bucket-list events continue to grow for the benefit of our growing community and visitors.

Request For Proposal
Incentives & Grants
Regional Planning
  • Housing Action Agenda. Vibrant Communities La Porte County. (PDF Download)
Comprehensive City Planning
Prior Planning
Community Programs

La Stitch is located at the corner of Lincolnway and Monroe in Downtown La Porte. La Stitch is decorated with string lights hung from one side of the street to the other, was created to provide a new and unique place to host City events and bring the community together. 

The meaning of the name “La Stitch” is two-fold. A “stitch” is a city planning term used to designate a central street or common area within a community. The name is also reflective of our goal for this space, which is to “stitch” our community together through food, music, and conversation

  • Jackson Street Community Garden

Created in partnership with the City of La Porte, the Jackson Street Community Garden is committed to growing food communally and to giving back to our neighbors.

Name Title Email Phone
Richards, Mary Ann CDBG Program Manager Email 219-362-8260
Heinold, AICP, David Assistant Planner Email 219-362-8260