Residents get chance to weigh in on downtown

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington residents will get a chance to let officials know what they want to see in downtown during a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, planning workshop.

There will be a presentation by representatives of Graef, the firm hired by the city to put together the downtown master plan, at 5:45 p.m.

The majority of the session will follow an open house format.

Five stations will be set up throughout the fellowship hall at Grand Avenue Methodist Church, each dealing with a different issue, Bob Harris, the city’s director of planning and development, said.

Each will focus on one key issue — the marina and waterfront and how they define the city, the mix of commercial and residential uses to embrace the character of downtown, parking and traffic circulation to meet changing conditions downtown, making Coal Dock Park a year-round destination and the overall downtown district that extends beyond Franklin Street and Grand Avenue.

These stations are based on topics identified during interviews and focus groups Graef held with select downtown developers, officials and property owners earlier this year.

There will also be a table for residents  to comment on broad issues that may not be addressed elsewhere.

Each station will have some sort of map or image intended to “get people thinking and talking,” Harris said.

“The idea is this will be a practical plan but we also want people to have aspirational visions.”

A representative of Graef will be at each station.

Harris said this workshop will focus on general topics, while a second workshop that will be held this summer will look at more detailed plans and proposals.

No date has been set for the second workshop.

The planning effort is also getting input from residents through a community survey.

The survey will run through the end of the month, Harris said, and already more than 300 people have responded to it.

City Administrator Tony Brown said recently that the hope is that as many residents as possible participate in the survey and workshop.

“I’d like it to be a plan that has as many residents’ voices as possible so we understand what they’d like to see as the future of the area,” he said

The survey may be accessed through the city’s website, visit portwashingtonwi.gov.

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