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Hilldale Mall Looks to Reinvent and Reactivate Movie Theater Space

Posted by on Oct 31, 2022

Hilldale Mall Looks to Reinvent and Reactivate Movie Theater Space

MADISON, WISC. (EXCERPTS FROM WWW.MADISON.COM): Hilldale’s AMC movie theater (formerly Sundance) will be shuttered and the 35,000-square-foot building converted to retail space – opening the corner up to new uses and activation. Brian Munson, principal urban planner with Vandewalle & Associates, explains: “Right now, if you walk along Heather Crest, it’s the side of a theater. There’s nothing there. We want to really change that so we can replace that with storefronts and possibly explore some second-story retail. The goal is really to activate that side...

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Oregon Ponders Plan and Zoning for Mix of Housing at a Range of Price Points

Posted by on Oct 13, 2022

Oregon Ponders Plan and Zoning for Mix of Housing at a Range of Price Points

OREGON, WISC. – (WITH EXCERPTS FROM THE OREGON OBSERVER): A plan for a development by homebuilder Veridian Homes that included a mix of housing types and price points was discussed at a public meeting in Oregon. The Greenfield Preserve neighborhood plan, along with proposed zoning changes and what it takes to make housing affordable, was discussed at a public meeting in Oregon. “The average ‘for sale’ price in Oregon is $474,330, nearly 39% higher than the median home value in 2021,” Veridian President Chris Ehlers said when discussing the mission of the company to provide...

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Eau Claire Hires V&A to Create Plan for Underutilized Parts of Oakwood Mall

Posted by on Oct 13, 2022

Eau Claire Hires V&A to Create Plan for Underutilized Parts of Oakwood Mall

EAU CLAIRE, WISC (with excerpts from the Leader-Telegram) — Though still viewed as a draw for shoppers to Eau Claire, Oakwood Mall does have vacancies that have prompted the city to order a plan to help this crucial part of the area’s commercial sector. The city government has hired Madison-based consultant Vandewalle & Associates to come up with a redevelopment plan aimed at keeping the Oakwood Mall area viable. Scott Allen, Eau Claire’s community development director, said the closure of AMC Theatres last week at the mall was a trigger that prompted the city to move ahead...

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Best Wishes to Our Retiring Mentor and Planning Master Michael A. Slavney

Posted by on Oct 4, 2022

Best Wishes to Our Retiring Mentor and Planning Master Michael A. Slavney

MADISON, WISC. We had a splendid turnout for Mike Slavney’s retirement bash this past weekend. After 32 remarkable years with Vandewalle & Associates, Mike’s influence permeates so much of what we do. Mike is known among us as a great mentor, friend, thought leader, innovator, and along the way master storyteller.  Mike wrote the book on progressive zoning in Wisconsin, both literally and figuratively. In partial thanks we gathered some of the stories, lessons, tall tales and outright yarns we’ve heard over the years from Mike, and bound them into a book. Of...

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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

Estimating Future Housing Demand in Dane County

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 V&A Who has Helped with Comprehensive, Park, Bike Plans

Posted by on Aug 7, 2022

Lake Geneva to Continue to Work with V&A Who has Helped with Comprehensive, Park, Bike Plans

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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