(Juneau) UW-Whitewater will be conducting a housing study in Dodge County. The county board’s executive committee recently agreed to have the university’s Fiscal and Economic Research Center undertake the project.
Officials with ThriveED, a joint economic development venture between Dodge and Jefferson Counties, worked with the research center on a study for Jefferson County. ThriveED then reached out again to work on a proposal for Dodge County.
Goals for the project include determining the change in demand for owner-occupied housing as well as affordability, study the income and cost-of-living levels for multi-family housing and review build-out potential for both single-family and multi-family housing. The county will have final say on what exactly the research center will review during their study.
Supervisor Joseph Marsik says the county needs housing, but the question is can local communities afford it due to expanding infrastructure. The study costs $6,000 which was not budgeted for in 2021. The county’s Finance Committee will meet to discuss how to pay the fee.
The project is slated to begin this month and conclude at the end of April.