Coulee Vision 2050 Public Input
The Coulee Vision 2050 process
included a broad range of public outreach to the general public, local
communities, and the LAPC. These activities included the following:
The Coulee Vision 2050 project team developed a community survey.
available on-line for approximately six weeks. Information regarding the
survey was sent via postcards to a random stratified sample of 6,000
households within the project area. In addition, radio, newspaper, and
electronic media were used to publicize the availability of the survey. The
survey asked for views on a variety of transportation and land use issues,
including both current preferences and ideas about what will be appropriate
or necessary for the La Crosse-La Crescent area in 2050. A total of 511
individuals answered all or a portion of the survey questions. The general
findings of the survey include:
Interest in focusing on preserving
existing transportation infrastructure.
Strong support for reducing single
occupant vehicle trips.
Primary congestion concern on north-south
routes during the p.m. commute.
Approximately 45% of respondents
indicated support for a
Regional Transportation Authority sales
tax (and another 25% want more info).
People are interested in addressing
traffic congestion through increased public transportation.
There is interest in promoting infill development.
Please see this
Community Survey Executive Summary for more details on the results of
Public Visioning Sessions
Two public visioning sessions were held. The meetings took place at the
Irving Pertzsch Elementary school in Onalaska, WI and the La Crescent High
School in La Crescent, MN. The following vision ideas were submitted by
participants at the public meetings:
A regional system with transit between
dense areas (note that demographics work in favor of continued
Plan for a healthy community (instead of
development vs. environment).
a) Centralized development that preserves
farmland, wildlife land, and recreation; b) expand mass transit and
bicycle/pedestrian facilities; c) Expand current roadways as needed.
Connected greenways and walkways,
suitable for children through seniors (2050).
Find a way to make the healthy,
environmentally sustainable choices easy, convenient, fun, and hip
Wagon Wheel, Highway 14/61 crossing,
water access (2015)
Convenient, affordable transportation within and outside the area
Stakeholder Focus Groups
The Coulee Vision 2050 project team held focus group meetings with
professionals representing Emergency Services; Business & Education;
Freight; Transit, Pedestrian & Bicycling; and Government Agencies. In total,
the project team met with 55 professionals and advocates. The following
highlights the major points of discussion from each meeting.
Emergency Services: route challenges;
Business & Education: quality of housing;
Freight: well positioned; lack clear
truck routes from south side of La Crosse to Interstate
Transit, Pedestrian & Bicycling: Regional
Transportation Authority; increased density; complete streets
Government Agencies: jurisdictional
layers create challenges; greater focus on transit
Please see this
Focus Groups Summary for more details on the results of the focus group
Community Planning Committee Meetings
We met twice with the individual communities to inform them about the
visioning process, listen to emerging trends and concerns, and to ultimately
report back on the recommended vision and to obtain “buy-in” or support of
the preferred vision. The informational meetings took place in the Fall of
2012 and the “buy-in” meetings took place in February and March 2013.
Please see this
Summary of Planning Committee Meetings for more details on the results
of the meetings.
Please follow the links on the left to see
more details on the results of the Coulee Vision 2050 process.