Waupun Commissions Housing Study

(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council this week approved hiring a third-party firm to conduct a housing study. Cedar Corporation, which has offices in Menominee, Madison, Green Bay and Cedarburg, was hired at $20,000 to complete the study. The item was included in the 2019 budget.

Last year, city officials adopted the 2040 Comprehensive Plan which identified the need to develop a housing analysis. Its purpose: to better assist elected officials, city staff and community members better understand key housing issues and how they affect the city.

Community and Economic Development Coordinator Sarah Van Buren says one area the city hopes the study will reveal is what are the housing needs for the senior community in Waupun. She says the study will also illuminate key locations for housing development that could best serve its occupants.

Van Buren says, for example, the city does not want to build a housing development that is targeted for seniors but is far away from important amenities such as grocery stores, pharmacies or the doctor’s office. Van Buren says the scope of the project will be broad and not limited to specific sectors of the community.

Cedar Corporation will also look to gather important housing and employment data, identify a wide range of housing stakeholders and provide solutions to the city on various housing needs. The study is anticipated to begin sometime in September and should be completed by the end of this year.