Engagement Process Wins Award
The American Planners Association – Wisconsin Chapter has chosen Streeter’s Working Committee ™ engagement approach for this year’s Planning Excellence Award for Innovation for his work on the City of New Richmond’s Comprehensive Plan.
“I really wanted it to be community driven. What happened in the end was, it was community led and it happened when Todd came in.” – Beth Thompson, Community Development Director, City of New Richmond
The award was presented to City of New Richmond (client), Community Collaboration (community engagement specialist), and Hoisington Koegler Group (consulting planner) at the APA Annual Conference in Eau Claire, WI.
Award Jury Comments
“The City of New Richmond Comprehensive Plan shows the level of strategic engagement by focusing on implementation in small groups.”
“This approach can be effective with great buy-in.”
“This intensive work should receive an award due to the level of realistic strategic goal setting in this action groups.”
Pleasant Prairie Committee Hosts Community Open House
More than 300 Pleasant Prairie residents recently attended Designing Downtown Pleasant Prairie volunteer committee’s community open house. Eight subcommittees presented display boards, handout materials and PowerPoint presentations all conveying their ideas and concepts for more than 180 acres of mostly undeveloped land slated for a new downtown development including housing, civic facilities, commercial districts, parks, and trails. Streeter and his Working CommitteeTM approach was contracted for this 8-month citizen engagement project.
“It is incredible the way the Community Collaboration method engaged and activated the interest of our community. Citizens were truly empowered to participate and develop a vision for the Village Green Center. I am amazed the creativity and enthusiasm it sparked, and grateful for the relationships the process created.” – Dave Klimisch, Trustee #3, Village of Pleasant Prairie Board
Committee Presents Their Vision for Turtle Lake
The Comp Plan committee presented their final ideas, concepts and recommendations for Turtle Lake to the Village board and community residents. Six subcommittees detailed wide ranging improvements and fresh opportunities to prepare Turtle Lake for the next 10-20 years. The committee’s recommendations focused on housing, economic development, downtown revitalization, infrastructure, community services, and parks and trails.
“After hearing the presentations, I am filled with energy and confidence. I believe that much of that information can be used with strategic planning, but it also provides an opportunity for a greater partnership with village members and the sub-committees as we work on a strategic plan.” – Scott W. Hildebrand, Village Administrator
“This entire Village Green Center Community Collaboration process has been an exciting grassroots community engagement effort. The participation that the Village received from the Designing Downtown Pleasant Prairie Committee and from Todd Streeter has been truly phenomenal.” – Thomas G. Shircel, Assistant Administrator, Village of Pleasant Prairie