City of La Crosse wants your ideas as it begins comprehensive plan

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — What do you want the city of La Crosse to look like in the future? City leaders are asking for your feedback.

Every now and then, a city needs an upgrade.

In Chad Staehly’s view, he would like the city to become more energy independent.

“I’m really hoping to see the city of La Crosse look towards alternative energy, green building as we progress,” Staehly said.

This is just one example of feedback leaders want to hear as the city moves forward with future policy and budget decisions.

“This is a plan that is intended to be the voice of the citizens and the community to develop goals and strategies of how we want this city to develop over the next 10, 15, 20 years,” La Crosse planning administrator Tim Acklin said.

Like other cities, La Crosse has a comprehensive plan.

This new campaign is named Forward La Crosse.

The city’s current comprehensive plan was adopted 20 years ago, Acklin said.

“Really largely, it’s outdated, or a lot of the policies and directions in that plan have been implemented,” Acklin said.

The city actually started this new campaign a few years ago, he said.

But COVID forced the city to spend money elsewhere.

Yhis planning process will happen over the next year and a half, Acklin said.

“This is due to how comprehensive this plan is supposed to be,” Acklin said.

Ideas ranging from improving the city’s economy, to the environment, to transportation and housing are all welcome.

“Our overall goal, though, is try to make sure is it done correctly?” Acklin said. “And sometimes, that can just take a little bit longer.”

It’s a process that will take communication.

“I think I’m usually giving the same feedback to the city, and they’ve heard it from me personally,” Staehly said.

With the goal of having the people choose what they want.

Feedback will be accepted online, through focus and stakeholder groups and during  community meetings, Acklin said.

More information can be found here.

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