Onalaska residents are getting a better idea of how the city is moving forward with the Great River Landing project.
The actual design for developing Onalaska's riverfront is going to rely heavily on public input. Wednesday residents were told how the city plans to use their ideas, and got a better timetable of how it would happen.
The city plans to use a charrette format for the planning. It's an intensive, 3-day planning marathon that brings in ideas from community members and shapes them into a plan.
Wednesday the city explained what to expect for the charrette, and when it would happen. They also gave some examples of similar projects and then opened up the meeting to public comments.
The city says it's an important step in the project. "We're appreciative of all the comments that came up, it's really going to feed into our planning process and help create the revised document that we're going to move forward on construction with," said Brea Grace, Land Use & Development Coordinator for the City of Onalaska.
Some of the public concerns for the project included the cost, how to work around the train tracks and the feasibility of building so near a river.
Shelli Kult, a life-long Onalaska resident, spoke at the meeting. She's looking forward to the public being such a big part of the design. "Going back and forth and having some collaboration and taking people's advice and getting more ideas generated, it just makes a whole lot of sense, I'm definitely going to be here for that," said Kult.
The city developed a plan for the waterfront back in 2008. They are going to use that plan as a template moving forward to see what the public still likes, and what needs to be changed.
The 3-day public planning session will take place between September 29th and October 1st.
For more details, head to the City of Onalaska website.