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Fort Atkinson WI 53538
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Community Placemaking Initiative

City Council President Paul Kotz, City Council President Pro-Tem Jude Hartwick and City Manager Matt Trebatoski met with UW Extension Community Development Educator Steve Grabow on August 28, 2015 to discuss, diagnose and begin the design for a possible “Community Placemaking Initiative” in Fort Atkinson.

This meeting followed several months of discussions, including those with the City Manager, Councilman Hartwick and others from the community. Additionally, an educational program on “Community Planning, Visioning and Placemaking” for the Council, staff and community was held on July 7, 2015. There was a large turnout for this program (approximately 50 people) and UW Extension resources were shared. Widespread media coverage has centered around this topic (see Links to News Articles). Subsequent to this educational program, the City and Council and staff determined that they were interested in a “Community Placemaking Initiative” and not a comprehensive plan update.

Primary Purposes of the Community Placemaking Initiative:
To guide the City around concepts of community placemaking, visioning and key characteristics of the community.
To inform the City and community on important ideas and areas of emphasis for integration into a future and more extensive comprehensive plan.

To determine foundational ideas for use in the future comprehensive plan update and potential future detailed corridor designs and plans (which will likely be developed by consultants/professional planners at a future time).
To provide the community with a variety of opportunities to be informed, to give input and to be engaged in the placemaking initiative.
To have wide-ranging and diverse interests represented on a “steering committee/work group” (12-15 members).
To have a targeted project with specific workshops having specific purposes.


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