La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The La Crosse metro area is projected to grow by 25 to 30 thousand people in the next forty years according to some projections.
The La Crosse Area Planning Committee is looking to deal with the impact of that population growth with a plan called Coulee Vision 2050.
Each individual community has a growth plan, but this plan would deal with the entire area as a whole. Executive Director Tom Faella says one of the biggest discussions will concern the concepts of infield development versus greenfield development. Those terms describe the choice between updating existing areas or creating new construction in the suburbs. But, Faella really wants to know what the public wants the future La Crosse area to include.
Faella said, "If they're really interested in how the area ought to develop in their opinion. If there should be a lot more emphasis on redevelopment in the downtown, we want to hear that. If they think that there should be a lot more emphasis put on larger lots out in the suburbs, we want to hear that too. So really, I want to hear what people are thinking."
There will be two public meetings in the coming months to hear public opinion about this project. No dates are set yet, but one will be in August or September and the other will be in early 2013.
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