LAPC Policy Board selects preferred 2050 land use vision, Guiding Principles and future transit routes

At LAPC Policy Board meetings in November 2012 and January 2013, representatives of the LAPC member communities considered three possible development outcomes over the next 40 years.  Following discussion of why and where development is occurring in the region, the impact of development outcomes on transportation options, the various public input results, and local growth interests, the Board selected as the preferred outcome Vision Alternative 3 – More Infill, Less Sprawl.

This preferred land use and development outcome was used to refine a set of Guiding Principles to support planning decisions across the region, and a set of regional transit expansion alternatives.  The principles and transit options were reviewed and refined by the LAPC Policy Board, Transit Coordinating Committee and La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility and accepted at the January LAPC meeting.  See the most recent additions to the Documents page to learn more. 

Over the next couple months, LAPC and consultant planners will be visiting with each community to present and discuss the draft vision, and the steps each community would need to take to support that vision.  The LAPC policy board will review of the complete vision document at their March meeting, with adoption anticipated in May.

Coulee Vision 2050 Summaries of Public Input Available

For the past several months we have been soliciting and receiving ideas on the future of land use and transportation in the region.  The online community survey, focus groups, and public visioning meetings are now complete, and there were many ideas and opinions shared from a diverse cross section of the region.  Summaries of that input have just been posted to the Documents page; these summaries are currently being used to draft a vision for the region over the next 40 years.

Coulee Vision Public Meetings – This Thursday, October 11

Please attend one of our public meetings on Thursday, October 11.
The first is in Onalaska at Irving Pertzsch Elementary, 524 Main St.
5:15 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
The second is in La Crescent at La Crescent High School, 1301 Lancer Blvd.
7:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Each meeting will start with a large-group discussion about the current transportation system in the region, including likes and dislikes, then proceed to smaller-group discussions about the future of land use, roads, and transit here.  The meeting will conclude with an activity to generate vision statements and ideas for the La Crosse-La Crescent region 40 years from now.

Welcome to the official Coulee Vision 2050 website

Welcome to Coulee Vision 2050 – a long-term visioning effort for land use and transportation growth in the La Crosse – La Crescent area. Major transportation projects require decades of planning, and the La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) is seeking your thoughts to help envision the La Crosse-La Crescent area in the year 2050. This vision will be used to inform future planning efforts by the LAPC and individual communities within the region. The vision will attempt to anticipate the needs and wants of area residents in 2050, so that local communities can align long-term land use and transportation decisions with those interests.