CEDARBURG — A panel
devoted to studying and recommending economic
development efforts in the city of Cedarburg’s downtown
district is expected to dig into a 4-year-old document
and potentially make a series of recommendations.
The city’s Economic
Development Board on Tuesday took a glimpse into the
nine-page document, which was written by an ad-hoc
downtown master plan committee in 2011. The initial
intent of the plan was to link Cedarburg’s vast
historical characteristics and pole vault the community
into the future.
Efforts to craft the master plan go back nearly a
decade. The ad-hoc committee met over a span of five
years before presenting the Common Council with a draft
version of the report.
plan in its current form touches on four main points,
including a missive to encourage and support focused
“Above all, respect the historic base of downtown
Cedarburg,” the report states. “Every effort should be
made to ensure that the exterior of every building or
structure identified by the city of Cedarburg Historic
Landmarks Commission as historic remains intact as true
as possible to its original design.”
ad-hoc group pointed to decisions made at the municipal
level as a framework for business decisions downtown.
Cedarburg’s city hall, for example, is housed in the
former high school building, and much of the original
characteristics remained during the remodel.
While a respect for Cedarburg’s rich history was at the
heart of the document, so, too was a desire to focus on
redevelopment efforts. The ad-hoc committee suggested
adding more residential developments to the downtown
area, asserting, “demand for retail and services
provided downtown must be increased.”
that end, the Common Council ultimately holds the cards
in making any further overtures toward increased
residential accommodations through zoning and other
recommend the city update the zoning code with regard to
setbacks and density requirements to enhance the
economic viability of housing developments in or near
Cedarburg’s downtown,” the committee wrote.
two other items on the bullet-point list are common
topics that have bubbled to the surface in the past:
establishing a long-term parking plan and allocating
funds to foster improvements to the heart of the city,
which formally is known as the Downtown Historic
council has been slowly looking at some of the
recommendations, though efforts could pick up steam as
the economy has continued rebounding and developers are
bringing in a steadier stream of projects across the
its part, the economic development board did not make
any direct suggestions to the document during this
week’s discussion. Peter Welch, who chairs the board,
suggested members peruse the report and come back with
possible talking points when the group reconvenes in
“Let’s read through this and see if there are some items
we can pull out,” Welch said.