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ECWRPC Receives Statewide Recognition

On June 12, 2014, the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission accepted a statewide award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-WI) for its previous work in the Village of Kimberly. The community-based visioning and planning efforts for the 98-acre former NewPage Mill site led to the development and adoption of the master redevelopment plan for “The Cedars at Kimberly”, a proposed mixed-use, urban village concept which boasts access to nearly a mile of shoreline along the southern banks of the Fox River.

The Cedars at Kimberly Parkway Perspective

The Cedars at Kimberly Parkway Perspective

The two years of intense community visioning and planning work was cited by APA-WI for its originality, innovation, quality and transferability, as well as its unique methods of gathering public input as part of the community planning process. Eric Fowle, Executive Director stated that “from the beginning, community and resident input was a major emphasis for the project, and the finished product is a direct result of the ideas and feedback gathered along the way.”

The public/private partnership formed to work on the plan was another unique and innovative aspect of The Cedars at Kimberly. “The Village of Kimberly was really in the driver’s seat from the onset”, Fowle said, “and they took the time to work with site’s owner, AIM Development, and their local development consultant, Stadtmueller & Associates to ensure that appropriate attention was paid up-front to the ideas, concerns, and opportunities of nearby residents.”

The Cedars at Kimberly E. Charles St. Perspective

The Cedars at Kimberly E. Charles St. Perspective

The project began with three neighborhood workshops, which used hands-on mapping, worksheets, visual preference surveys, and other small group exercises to gather community input. Along the way, other feedback opportunities were offered through meetings, open houses, and information found on the Village’s website. In total, nearly 300 individuals assisted in developing a vision that will breathe new life into the former manufacturing facility site.

The outcome of all these efforts led to the crafting of “The Cedars at Kimberly” Master Plan which focused on creating a compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhood. Dave Kress, a Planner with East Central who was heavily involved in the effort stated that “the concepts and recommendations included in this plan also aim to introduce development techniques and styles – such as green infrastructure and low-impact development – that are rarely utilized in the region today.”

The Cedars at Kimberly Master Plan

The Cedars at Kimberly Master Plan

The award was presented as part of the APA-WI’s Annual Conference during a lunchtime ceremony on June 12th, 2014 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Village of Kimberly was provided this planning assistance from East Central at no cost due to Outagamie County’s membership in the organization. East Central was established in 1972 and provides regional planning and technical assistance services to seven member counties and their communities on multi-jurisdictional planning issues. In addition, the Commission also administers and coordinates several state and federally required planning programs related to transportation, sewer service, and economic development. One of nine regional planning commissions within the State of Wisconsin, East Central is comprised of 28 local government and Governor appointed citizen representatives that serve either a two or four year term, respectively.

Village of Hortonville Comprehensive Plan Update 2035

The Village of Hortonville Comprehensive Plan Update 2035 was approved by the Village Board on April 17, 2014. This plan updates an earlier comprehensive plan that was adopted by the Village in 2003. Similar to the earlier plan, this plan complies with the “Smart Growth” legislation (Wisconsin Statutes 66.1001). The comprehensive plan builds upon andContinue Reading

Outagamie County Community Development Block Grant – Emergency Assistance Program

Community Development Block Grant – Emergency Assistance Program (CDBG-EAP) grants are still available to eligible applicants to assist with the costs of repair and/or rehabilitation of homes damaged as a result of the August 6-7, 2013 tornadoes and straight-line winds. Funding will be available to low-to-moderate income level (LMI) homeowners based on the County’s MedianContinue Reading

Food Systems Mini-Conference Presentations Available

The original flyer for the mini-conference is still available here. PDF presentations: One speaker didn’t have a presentation but you can contact him: Oren Jakobson Riverview Gardens 920-268-8489 ojkaboson@riverviewgardens.org riverviewgardens.org

“The Cedars at Kimberly” Master Plan

“The Cedars at Kimberly” Master Plan

Over the course of 2013, ECWRPC staff worked with the Village of Kimberly, as well as the property-owner’s consultant, to generate a master plan concept for the redevelopment of the former NewPage paper mill – a 98-acre site along the Fox River. This concept, named “The Cedars at Kimberly” to emphasize nature and celebrate theContinue Reading

New ECWRPC Brand and Website

New ECWRPC Brand and Website

After celebrating its 40th year of existence, the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission decided it was time to update its brand to be more reflective of the important work that we do. Utilizing the talents of A2Z Design (Appleton, WI), a new logo and unique brand signature was created which emphasizes our Mission and theContinue Reading

Long Range Transportation/Land Use Plan 2015

Long Range Transportation/Land Use Plan 2015

ECWRPC will spend the next year developing Long Range Transportation Plans that will determine the future direction of transportation in the region. We are currently seeking input from all members of our communities to help create plans that consider the diverse needs of all our residents. Your confidential responses to this survey are greatly appreciated.Continue Reading

Winnebago County Specialized Transportation Study

Winnebago County Specialized Transportation Study

Winnebago County has a well-established specialized transportation network in place that currently meets many of the county residents’ specialized transportation needs. This network is comprised of a large, diverse group of caring people including agencies, county/municipal governments, businesses, transportation providers, caretakers, medical organizations and volunteers. The county also has a robust fixed bus route systemContinue Reading

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

The bike/ped plan project is funded through a bicycle and pedestrian facilities planning (BPFP) grant awarded in 2011. The plan focus is to address regional connectivity of bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout and between the Fox Cities and Oshkosh Urbanized Areas. This plan will not only identify existing and planned facilities, but identify gaps, barriers,Continue Reading

Oshkosh Region Defense Industry Diversification Initiative

Oshkosh Region Defense Industry Diversification Initiative

The Oshkosh Region Defense Industry Diversification Initiative’s overall approach is to focus on the dislocated worker and supply chain affected by OC layoffs. The objectives of this initiative are three-fold: 1. To align regional economic and workforce development strategies so they are responsive to Oshkosh’s reduced manufacturing output, consider defense diversification strategies, and build onContinue Reading

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