December 2017: Volume 63


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Strategic Visioning & Branding for De Pere 

Zoning Code & Cultural District Master Plan - 2018

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy In Winter

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Strategic Visioning & Branding for De Pere
The City of De Pere began a process in September that will lead to two separate, but interconnected outcomes: A shared community vision that will guide the future of our City and a new, more coordinated and consistent City brand. The community vision will help establish the City’s mission and goals, which will provide direction for future decisions. The updated brand will allow for better and more consistent and engaging communication of the City’s personality, character and values to visitors and potential new residents and businesses. The team of consultants has conducted stakeholder interviews and an open house to gather a wide range of perspectives about our City. The next step is an online survey. Please visit the project website to find out more about this project and to link to the community survey. Be sure to take the survey – it requires only a few minutes – and encourage friends and neighbors to do the same.

Zoning Code & Cultural District Master Plan on the Docket for 2018
In addition to the Visioning and Branding Initiative, the Economic Development and Planning Department will be lead two significant initiatives for the City of De Pere.  The first is a rewrite of the City’s Zoning Code. The Zoning Code regulates how and where things can be built and what land uses are permitted in what areas. A rewrite is needed to make the document more user-friendly and reflective of the growth goals of the City. The new Code will be easy to navigate, supported by interactive maps and illustrations, and provide clear and concise information for those interested in building in De Pere. This major initiative will take 18-24 months to complete.
We will also be working on a Cultural District Master Plan for the East Side of Downtown De Pere. The Council and Redevelopment Authority recently approved this project to continue the momentum of the proposed Mulva Cultural Center. 
This planning process, which is an extension of De Pere’s Comprehensive and 2010 Downtown Master Plans, will build on the city’s attractive reputation for having historic character and natural spaces. Anchoring the development in the Cultural District Master Plan for the east side of downtown is the proposed Mulva Cultural Center.
“De Pere has worked hard to implement many areas of the 2010 Downtown Master Plan over the past seven years,” Mayor Mike Walsh said. “The Mulva Cultural Center, proposed after that plan was approved, will be both an anchor and a catalyst for future downtown investment. Now is the time to revisit the development and planning goals for the east side of downtown De Pere in order to establish an intentional and achievable vision that will complement and support the Mulva Cultural Center.”
This plan will recommend locations for redevelopment, elevate the role of public realm and open spaces (particularly along the Fox River), identify locations for public art and maximize pedestrian and bicycle mobility. The plan will also specify optimal business types that are economically feasible and create a synergistic cluster that elevates the role of culture and art in Downtown De Pere. 

Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
  • Winterize your home.
    • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
    • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
    • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check your heating systems.
    • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
    • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
    • Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
    • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
    • Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
    • Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
Remember winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.
*Be sure to visit CDC’s Winter Weather( webpage for more winter weather safety tips.
The mission of the City of De Pere Health Department is to protect and promote public health across the lifespan through: education, policy development and valued services.  Public health offers a variety of services focusing on the community, family and individual.


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De Pere, WI 54115
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