With a drafted strategic
plan soon to be reviewed by the Village Board, a few
changes may be on the horizon for Mukwonago’s downtown.
MUKWONAGO — The Downtown Strategic Plan Steering
Committee has drafted a strategic plan consisting of
recommendations to be considered by the Village Board at
a June 20 board meeting, said Jason Wamser, village
trustee and chairman of the DSPSC.
2017, the DSPSC was created as an advisory committee
comprised of property owners, public officials,
community members and stakeholders tasked with
developing a strategic plan for the enhancement of
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
strategic plan categorizes recommendations in two tiers
with the first having priority and a timeline of one to
two years, Wamser said. With a total of six first tier
recommendations, the top four include developing a
roadway design and streetscaping enhancement plan,
adopting a trucking route ordinance that would
circumvent traffic from downtown Mukwonago, creating
opportunities in community spaces to encourage
activities as well as re-establishing a historic
preservation committee, according to the strategic plan.
tier two list consists of investing in pedestrian safety
features, developing a design plan focused on exterior
building improvements and roadway design and promoting
the collaboration between Mukwonago’s public library,
the Red Brick Museum and the Wisconsin Historical
Society for events and programming. These
recommendations have an approximately four-year
timeline, Wamser said.
recommendations are for the most part based on a review
of historical downtown plans, discussions by previous
committees and advisory groups, community e-survey
results, and feedback received during the 2018 Open
House, he said.
adjusted our discussion and direction to match the
public intent,” Wamser said. “I wouldn’t say we did 100
percent, but we did so where it made sense, deviating
from our assumed direction.”
committee’s findings are a wide collection of community
ideas and input, Wamser added. And while the process has
been successful, now it’s time to see the plan through,
here to see implementation,” Wamser said. “We talked
smart, now we have to act smart.”
recommendations may come sooner, such as crosswalk
safety features, which are already in the works,
Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt told a Freeman
reporter. Village Economic Director John Weidl added
that the village attorney is in the process of drafting
the trucking route ordinance.
Other recommendations, however, are not set in stone and
require more discussion. This also means that the
timeline for recommendations could vary, Weidl said.
“We’re going to try to stick to it as best as possible,”
he said. “But opportunities arise and there could be an
opportunity for funding today that won’t exist in the
future. We’re going to have to be realistic and flexible
Weidl is somewhat wary that the plan steering
committee’s initiative may lose momentum if community
members and village officials don’t step forward. Money
and time will need to be set aside, and staff can’t take
on the recommendations themselves, he said.
the community doesn’t stay focused and more importantly
involved, some of these things might not happen,” Weidl
Throughout the process, committee members encourage
property owners to think about the elements of the plan
they can directly impact, such as installing bike racks,
undertaking building facade improvements, and
encouraging the Highway 83 jurisdictional transfer.
the meantime, stakeholders throughout Mukwonago can
continue to voice their opinions and support for the
village’s initiatives to make the downtown
pedestrian-friendly and historically significant,
according to the strategic plan.
more information on the strategic plan and a complete
set of recommendations, visit
and under the agenda and minutes tab, click the May 24
e-packet under Downtown Strategic Plan Steering