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.