MUKWONAGO — A
majority of residents in Mukwonago and surrounding municipalities
have suggested that revitalizing downtown Mukwonago is important but
any development projects should be paid for by public-private
partnerships, according to an online survey created by the Downtown
Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
offered the online survey to residents, business owners and tourists
to gauge people’s thoughts on revitalizing downtown Mukwonago,
according to Village Administrator John Weidl. Weidl said the goal
of the survey was to give residents a chance to provide feedback on
the committee’s mission statement, the importance of downtown
revitalization and potential ways of funding the latter.
handful of residents in Mukwonago represented by the entity “Village
Center of Mukwonago” in addition to others have called for local
government to make the process of determining Mukwonago’s future
more inclusive, according to Weidl. He said the DSPSC and the survey
were responses to the call for change.
The mission of
the DSPSC is to 'Make the downtown a pedestrian- friendly
destination centered on historic preservation, business development
and cultural and recreational opportunities,' according to the DSPSC
From the more
than 700 people who filled out the survey, 70 percent of respondents
said revitalization is somewhat important or very important.
Approximately 30 percent said they were indifferent about
revitalization or they did not care about it.
As for the
mission statement, 76 percent felt the DSPSC should prioritize the
“pedestrian-friendly” and “business development” components,
according to the survey. The percentage is split down the middle
with each taking 38 percent of the vote. The third popular component
was “cultural and recreational opportunities” with historic
preservation being the least important by those who took the survey.
In the survey’s
comment section, residents reiterated the need for historic
preservation, saying a community’s history, the small-town charm and
the historic buildings are what attract people to Mukwonago. Others
said if the village was not pedestrian friendly, then nobody would
come downtown. Some argued that a community cannot thrive without a
local and robust economy. However, some respondents suggested that
historic preservation and development are not mutually exclusive.
percent of respondents chose public-private partnerships as their
number one option to finance downtown projects. This funding
mechanism would be a combination of tax dollars and funding by
community businesses and residents. The second most popular option
was “only through funding of the business and residents in the
downtown area.” Funding downtown projects solely with tax dollars
was the least favored option at 41 percent.
When it comes to
a tax increase for revitalization, 53 percent indicated that they
were slightly, moderately, or extremely likely to support it. 22
percent were opposed and 22 percent were indifferent.
Weidl said it is
possible the survey may not be a 100 percent reflection of the
community. However, after 700 responses, Weidl said he could
reasonably conclude that no single minority opinion is
over-represented. In other words, if people accept the hypothesis
that the survey is a reasonable representation of a cross section of
the entire community, DSPSC members can draw certain conclusions,
willing to believe that this could be reasonable representation of
the community, most of the community believes efforts to revitalize
downtown Mukwonago are important,” he said.
Weidl said he
was led to this hypothesis from the 100-plus people who provided
their names, phone numbers and email addresses for follow-up
information, most of which were village residents. He said his
intern is reaching out to these residents to learn more.
expressed their rationale behind votes in a comment section that
accompanied the survey. Weidl said while there were several
responses, he chose to include comments that represented a wide
range of beliefs but excluded any that attacked individuals or were
To find exact
data and comments of individuals who took the survey, visit