Fitchburg’s “big moment” invites public input for 20-year Comprehensive Plan

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Fitchburg’s “big moment” invites public input for 20-year Comprehensive Plan

FITCHBURG, Wisc. – The city of Fitchburg is updating its comprehensive plan for the future, which will guide growth and development decisions for the next 20 years.

“We’re always trying to be looking 20 years ahead to get to the desired future, said Sonja Kruesel, city planner and zoning administrator. “In the most succinct terms, we like to say, ‘Where and how is growth going to happen?'”

“This is a big moment for Fitchburg and anyone who cares how it develops in the future,” Robert Procter said, adding that now is the time to start building the foundation, especially when it comes to fair housing. Proctor is the government affairs director for the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin. He also represents the coalition Fair Housing Fitchburg, which is advocating for more attainable housing in the city for everyone from senior citizens to millennials. 

The city has been collecting feedback from residents, some of whom have expressed a desire for a city center and maintaining Fitchburg’s rural character, according to Kruesel. Planners must also keep in mind the best ways to continue urban development, which may mean adding commercial nodes, along with learning from the past while considering the future of neighborhoods.

The City held an open house in the City Hall Council Chambers on Wednesday night to answer questions about the plan, with public participation assistance from Vandewalle & Associates.

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