CITY OF HUDSON - COMPREHENSIVE
Hudson Kicks-Off Community Survey
The City of Hudson is beginning the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. In Wisconsin, municipal comprehensive plans identify issues, opportunities, community needs and a desired future for a community over the next 20 years. Comprehensive plans recommend public policy that makes the best and most appropriate use of City resources to achieve goals established to move toward that future.
Mayor O'Connor summarizes the importance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, "Since the City of Hudson is poised for continuous growth within the next 20 years, our Comprehensive Plan update must reflect upon the City's past changes and guide us through the impacts of future growth."
When complete, the City of Hudson's updated Comprehensive Plan will be used by both elected officials and city staff to assist and provide a rational basis for local land use decisions within the community. Community Development Director, Mike Johnson indicates that "Hudson's updated Comprehensive Plan will include a Recommended Future Land Use Map, which will guide a future update to the City's Zoning Map, as well as policy recommendations for housing, transportation, natural and cultural resources, utilities and public facilities, economic development, and intergovernmental cooperation."
The City of Hudson's Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2009. Wisconsin Statutes require that municipalities update their Comprehensive Plan at least once every 10 years.
The City of Hudson issued a Request for Proposals from consulting firms to complete this work and hired Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH), with a local office in New Richmond, WI, to assist with the Plan update and public engagement. SEH Project Manager Brea Grace identifies that, "In order for the update to the Comprehensive Plan to be successful and the Comprehensive Plan content to be written in a meaningful way, a successful community engagement process is needed."
The City of Hudson has prioritized public engagement during this process. The first chance for the public to become involved with this process is through a Community Survey. Community members are asked to complete an online survey, accessible from the project website at: https://hudsoncomprehensiveplan.com. Alternatively, a paper copy of the Community Survey is available to be picked up at City Hall, the City Water/Sewer Utility Department, or the Hudson Public Library.
The Community Survey asks about life in Hudson, parks, neighborhoods, future development and the types of land use the City should encourage in the next 20 years, to help shape Hudson's future. The City respects the privacy of its residents, therefore any information acquired through this survey will be kept strictly confidential and will not be used to identify individuals in the community.
Mayor O'Connor emphasizes the importance of community participation in this survey, "We hope all Hudson residents and employees take this survey seriously and complete the survey to provide the City with their feedback. An opportunity to invite all our community members to participate in a survey like this doesn't happen every year."
In addition to the survey, community members will also have the opportunity to participate in a series of Public Involvement Workshops. The first workshop will take place at EP Rock Elementary School's gymnasium on Thursday, November 21st from 6pm-8pm.
Questions about this project may be directed to: Tiffany Weiss, Associate City Planner, City of Hudson, (715) 386-4776 (ext 161), firstname.lastname@example.org or Brea Grace, Project Manager, SEH, (608) 498-4966, email@example.com.
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