CITY OF HUDSON - COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
Planning for Hudson's Future Land Uses
"How and where do you see Hudson developing in the next 20 years?" The City of Hudson's Comprehensive Plan is being reworked, and the City needs the help of the community to direct where they would like to see changes be made to the Future Land Use map!
Due to in-person meeting restrictions currently in place, the City of Hudson is going virtual! The City has set up an online mapping tool for community members to draw lines, shapes, or place points on the map where they would like to see land use changes or updates be made. These updates can include locating new parks, schools, businesses, homes (single-family to apartments), senior care centers, and industries. To access this online mapping tool, community members are asked to access the site through the project website, https://hudsoncomprehensiveplan.com or through the City's website at https://hudsonwi.gov/.
The Future Land Use Map is incredibly important in that all future development within the city is guided by it. This Future Land Use Map is adopted by the City's Planning Commission and Common Council as a guide for growth over the next 20 years. In addition to development, future zoning changes are also based upon this Future Land Use Map.
The City's Future Land Use Map also plays a role in shaping the development of future transportation and utility networks. The City's roadway, water utility, sanitary sewer utility, and other infrastructure networks are based on the type of land uses that occur. Planning ahead and identifying where and which land uses are developed will help Hudson grow in an organized and cost-effective manner.
According to Tiffany Weiss, Hudson's Associate City Planner, "It is very important for us to have a conversation about land uses with the community prior to a development proposal being on the table. It is at this point where conversations are less emotionally-charged and will allow us to discuss different land use and development scenarios with the community. Although it is important to understand market conditions, it is equally important to understand neighborhood dynamics, character, and the community's vision for future growth."
Undergoing revisions and updates, the adopted Land Use Map, created in 2009, will be reevaluated to see how the projections made in 2009 reflect current conditions and trends, and how the land use mapping should change to encourage different types and locations of development.
Comprehensive Plan updates are required by State Statutes once every 10 years. This allows municipalities to reevaluate current conditions and to project a desired future for the community. Implementation tools such as zoning and subdivision regulations are then updated to ensure that the outcomes of city regulations match the community's desired future.
As the City of Hudson is positioned for growth over the next two decades, it is important that the City take incremental steps toward achieving its land use, infrastructure, and community development goals. An updated Comprehensive Plan will allow the City to align these incremental changes with intentional policies in order to reach the community's vision for Hudson in 2040.
Questions about this project may be directed to: Tiffany Weiss, Associate City Planner, City of Hudson, (715) 386-4776 (ext 161), email@example.com or Brea Grace, Project Manager, SEH, (608) 977-0002, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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