Heart of the City (HOC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community service group (think “Friends of Fort Atkinson”) which encourages sustainable development, the preservation of existing and treasured civic characteristics, and active participation of the citizenry. It is devoted to increasing sustainability in our homes and communities through education, volunteer efforts, and engagement with neighbors and civic leaders.
Please note that our calendar includes not just our events, but events in the region related to our mission.
MEETING-all are welcome to attend: Sunday July 28 at 9 a.m. at the Cafe Carpe 18 S. Water St. W. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to learn the agenda or have any questions.
CITY OF FORT ATKINSON UNDERTAKING REWRITE OF ZONING ORDINANCE
The city of Fort Atkinson has redone its master plan and will soon be updating its zoning ordinances. After the public Kickoff Meeting with the City Council and Plan Commission on March 13, 2019, other Open Houses are planned to gather input throughout the process. The update of the City of Fort Atkinson Comprehensive Plan recommended that the City rewrite and adopt a new Zoning Ordinance. Many of the development standards in the City’s current Ordinance do not reflect modern development and land use practices. The new Ordinance will consider new zoning districts and updated regulations for mixed use development, landscaping, lighting, building materials, and nonconforming situations.
The general timeline is as follows:
• Winter 2019: Identify issues and analyze existing Zoning Ordinance
• Spring/Summer 2019: Prepare Draft Zoning Ordinance and review with Plan Commission
• Fall/Winter 2019: Prepare Draft Zoning Map and review with Plan Commission
• Spring 2020: Adopt Zoning Ordinance and Map
After the Kickoff Meeting on March 13, a project-specific working group will be formed. The group will work in concert with Vandewalle & Associates to guide the project through each phase. Regular updates will be given to the Plan Commission and City Council throughout the process and each of those meetings will be open to the public. Final adoption of the new Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map will take place at a Public Hearing before the City Council.
There are several ways to stay involved with the process, whether through reviewing draft documents, participating in meetings, or providing feedback. See the City’s website or Facebook page for updated documents and a schedule of events, or contact City Manager Matt Trebatoski at email@example.com or 920-563-7760 for additional information. You may also join the project’s email distribution list to receive project updates by emailing Ben Rohr of Vandewalle & Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JEFFERSON COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLANS Jefferson County is also redoing its comprehensive plan, and is also seeking citizen input.
Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation & Land Use Plan
The public is invited to attend open house meetings to discuss the updates to the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation & Land Use Plan. Four meetings are scheduled as listed below. Each public meeting will run from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, with a formal presentation at 6:00 pm. (Two meetings have passed at the time of this writing.)
The County, with input from residents and stakeholders, is working to update two of its long-range planning documents that outline strategies for growth and preservation of our county’s assets and resources. These meetings will offer the public an opportunity to provide input that will be used to inform the future of Jefferson County. The plans will cover the topics of land use; agricultural, natural, and cultural resources; transportation; housing; economic development; community facilities; and intergovernmental cooperation.
The public meeting will include a presentation of the overall planning process and the intent of the Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation & Land Use Plan. Activities will follow the presentation to gain input on the issues and opportunities for Jefferson County. County Staff and the Consultant Team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the plan. Input received from the public meeting will help guide the updates to these two important plans.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Dwight Foster Memorial Library
209 Merchants Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI
Thursday, July 11, 2019, Lake Mills Municipal Building
200 N Water Street, Lake Mills, WI
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Fort Farmers Market- a great place to support the local economy and healthy foods while enjoying community and music. The Market runs Saturday mornings from 8 to noon from May through October in the parking lot across from the post office, and on the first Saturday of January through April from 9 to noon at the lower level of the Fort Atkinson Club. Support local food.
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The urban forestry workshop and film series are now past, but the need for a healthy urban forest and a response to the emerald ash borer remain. Information on dealing with the emerald ash borer is available at the city website.
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