(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council was presented with the findings of a housing study this week. In August, Wisconsin-based Cedar Corporation was hired to assist elected officials, city staff and community members better understand key housing issues and how they affect the city. The analysis covered a variety of topics including affordable housing, community demographics and existing housing characteristics. Cedar Corporation also conducted interviews with business leaders, contractors and developers, realtors and teachers to pinpoint key issues and find solutions.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Sarah Van Buren says one recommendation was to elevate the role of the Community Development Authority (CDA) and Housing Development. She says CDA’s statutorily can work on housing development and redevelopment opportunities, adding that Waupun’s CDA does not currently utilize all of its statutory tools available to them.
Van Buren says Waupun should also develop a more robust Housing Rehabilitation Program and promote it more within the city. She says most of Waupun’s housing stock was built prior to 1980 which means homes with lead-based paint, asbestos among other issues that need addressing. Van Buren says the recommendations are in-line with the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the recently published Housing Affordability report.
The council voted unanimously to adopt the findings of the housing study.