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Hancock Co. Comprehensive Plan “more accessible…takes economic development to new level”

Posted by on Sep 20, 2022

Hancock Co. Comprehensive Plan “more accessible…takes economic development to new level”

HANCOCK COUNTY – (EXCERPTS FROM GREENFIELD REPORTER) A draft is finished for a plan designed to guide officials through decisions that will shape the county’s future, culminating a $250,000 effort that began over a year ago. The draft 2022 comprehensive plan for the county and other information that’s been part of the effort, called Future Hancock, is available at futurehancock.com. At nearly 200 pages, the draft outlines goals and aspirations for how the county will develop as far as aspects like housing, land use, transportation, recreation and infrastructure. The...

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Estimating Future Housing Demand in Dane County

Posted by on Sep 20, 2022

MADISON, WISC. (EXCERPTS FROM CARPC DANE COUNTY HOUSING REPORT) – The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) issued its report on future housing needs for Dane County. The CARPC report explores the reasons why we see more apartments and fewer single-family homes going up and whether this shift is likely to continue. Key takeaways from the report are: Fewer households can afford new single-family houses. The cost of new single-family homes is far outpacing incomes, leaving a smaller pool of buyers. That means more renters and higher demand for apartments. The legacy of historic...

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Fort Atkinson Shares Housing Story with League of Wis Municipalities

Posted by on Sep 14, 2022

Fort Atkinson Shares Housing Story with League of Wis Municipalities

FORT ATKINSON, WIS. (THE MUNICIPALITY)- The City of Fort Atkinson has been working with Vandewalle & Associates on a market-savvy housing program that helps the community fill in the “missing middle” of its housing needs. Vandewalle & Associates’ Carol Cizauskas and Ben Rohr interviewed City staff to uncover some insights of what went into the new housing strategy. It was published in “Proactive Public Sector-Led Steps to Generating New Housing,” a new article of the September issue of The Municipality Magazine – the official publication of the...

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Jackson to Take up Next Generation Housing Project

Posted by on Sep 14, 2022

Jackson to Take up Next Generation Housing Project

VILLAGE OF JACKSON, WISC. (FROM THE WASHINGTON COUNTY DAILY NEWS) – The Village Board tonight will address the next step in a Next Generation Housing project with Washington County, receive information about marketing a tax incremental finance district and a final plat item for a local subdivision being constructed. The Village Board will meet today at 7:30 p.m., in the Jackson Municipal Complex at N168 W19851 Main St. The first item listed for action on the meeting’s agenda is a contract for engineering services related to a Next Generation Housing residential development...

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Village of Windsor Funds Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan services

Posted by on Sep 14, 2022

Village of Windsor Funds Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan services

WINDSOR, WISC. (with EXCERPTS FROM GM TODAY DEFOREST TIMES TRIBUNE)–The Village of Windsor approved funding for assistance with various planning efforts, including $12,105 to Vandewalle & Associates, Inc. for their assistance in updating the village’s five-year Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP). The previous plan expired in 2020, which means the village is not currently eligible to receive federal, state and local grants. Some work has been done by village staff on updating the plan, but with focus need elsewhere as well, it has not been worked on in a timely...

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Lake Geneva to continue to work with Vandewalle & Associates; company has helped with comprehensive, park, bike plans

Posted by on Aug 7, 2022

LAKE GENEVA, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM LAKE GENEVA NEWS) — The City of Lake Geneva will continue its working relationship with Vandewalle & Associates, Inc., of Madison, a company that has been providing city planning services for the community for about 27 years. Members of the Lake Geneva City Council unanimously approved, July 25, to continue to use the firm for city planning services. The Lake Geneva Plan Commission unanimously recommended, July 18, that the city continue to work with the planning firm and to have City Administrator Dave Nord review that contract that the city has...

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Wisconsin Rapids eyes redevelopment ideas for idled paper mill

Posted by on Aug 3, 2022

Wisconsin Rapids eyes redevelopment ideas for idled paper mill

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WISC. (EXCERPTS FROM WIS RAPIDS TRIBUNE) – The city is working with Vandewalle & Associates, a Madison-based planning and redevelopment firm, to determine what might be a good potential use for the property if it becomes available for redevelopment. The Wisconsin Rapids Recovery and Redevelopment Plan project team is promoting a survey that asks what priorities residents have for redeveloping the site. Options include fast redevelopment, mitigating environmental pollution, creating new jobs, increasing new shopping, recreational or cultural...

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Manitowoc prepares for street conversions and improved downtown access

Posted by on Aug 3, 2022

Manitowoc prepares for street conversions and improved downtown access

MANITOWOC, WISC. (EXCERPTS FROM HERALD TIMES REPORTER) – The conversion of Eighth and 10th streets from one-way streets to two-way streets in downtown Manitowoc is well on its way. The plans to convert the currently one-way streets to two-way streets began last year when the city council approved the plans in its August meeting. “We have so many opportunities,” Nickels said at the August 2021 council meeting. “People are excited about downtown again. You walk downtown … people from out of town are excited about coming to downtown Manitowoc,...

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Lake Geneva looks at new zoning to allow mural program

Posted by on Aug 3, 2022

Lake Geneva looks at new zoning to allow mural program

LAKE GENEVA, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM LAKE GENEVA NEWS): Members of the Lake Geneva Plan Commission discussed proposed zoning ordinance amendments, July 18, which would regulate and allow for murals on built structures. The move from the City comes as as Lake Geneva gets ready to launch a new Downtown mural program. Jackie Mich of city planning group Vandewalle & Associates said the city currently does not have an ordinance regulating murals. She said amending the ordinance would help regulate a mural program in the Downtown area. “This proposed ordinance removes any...

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Village of Oregon hosts successful Open House for future of Main St. property

Posted by on Aug 3, 2022

Village of Oregon hosts successful Open House for future of Main St. property

VILLAGE OF OREGON, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM THE OREGON OBSERVER): The Village of Oregon held an open house and workshop for community members to discuss the future of the 249 N. Main St. lot on July 19. After visiting the property, participants were invited to the Oregon Village Hall for an interactive workshop led by Vandewalle & Associates and the Village. The Village purchased the Main St. property in 2016. It was previously slated to be the site of the new Oregon Public Library, but construction analysis revealed that it could not support the proposed building. A sculpture park,...

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