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Thursday, January 12, 2017

La Crosse Area Planning Committee Annual Meeting (free food)

[UPDATE: Maureen has noted there is yet a THIRD option! At 2:30 p.m. on the 18th, in room 1107 of the new County Administrative Building (between 6th and 7th on State Street) the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee will meet to discuss many of the same things that will be discussed at the other meetings! Agenda below. So, you could add this to your list of things to do and skip one of the conflicting others). Thanks, Maureen!

AGENDA (AMENDED)

1. Approval of Minutes of the October 19, 2016 TAC Meeting.

2. LAPC 2017 Local Studies Program. About $72,000 is available for the 2017 LAPC Local Studies Program. Funded local studies are subject to approval by WisDOT for federal and state funding. Studies must be for transportation related purposes and cannot include engineering or project implementation. There will be a 20% local match required, and the studies should be complete by the end of 2017. Please submit local studies proposals by February 15, 2017 so that the TAC can prioritize funding at the March meeting.

3. Transportation Demand Management planning. LAPC meetings in February, March, and April in 2017 will focus on LAND USE and POLICIES, PARKING, and TRANSIT, respectively. Municipalities will report on existing and discuss future projects to implement Transportation Demand Management. At this TAC meeting we will prepare for the parking and transit discussions. Specifically, how is your community prepared to support or implement measures to manage transportation demand related to LAND USE and POLICIES and PARKING?

4. Coordinated City/County/MPO Planning and Destination Medical Center in Rochester. Tom Faella will provide an overview of how land use and transportation planning is coordinated in Rochester, Minnesota with an integrated City, County and MPO planning structure. Mr. Faella will also discuss the Destination Medical Center project in the Rochester area and how it relates to our local Transportation Demand Management discussion. (This presentation will be repeated at the LAPC annual meeting; TAC members have the option to attend either one.)

5. Other Business, Adjourn, Next meeting to be announced.

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Of course when it rains it pours. On Wednesday, January 18 at 5 p.m. there are two important meetings dealing with transportation, transportation demand management, and alternative transportation in our area.

In a recent post we noted the Alternative Transportation forum being hosted by Sustainable La Crosse.

But, at the very same time, the La Crosse Area Planning Committee which is working on coordinating efforts to better manage traffic in our region without the new DOT recommended road, will hold its annual meeting at Piggy's Restaurant (501 Front Street) which is open to the public. Members of the LAPC include elected officials from La Crosse county cities, towns, and villages so this would be a great time to buttonhole decision-makers and let them know of your desire to drag our transportation system into the 21st century by upgrading bike/ped infrastructure, modernizing (with renewable energy buses, more frequent service, and new routes), and managing parking to make it less attractive than public transportation or shared ride commuting (for example!)


The official word:

The next meeting of the LAPC Policy Board will be Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Piggy’s Restaurant, 501 Front St South, La Crosse

                             
La Crosse Area Planning Committee Annual Meeting!!! You’re Invited!!!
Please note meeting start time at 5:00 pm.
Following a short business meeting, technical committee members and the public are invited to join the LAPC Policy Board for complimentary hors d’oeuvres in an informal setting. Hope to see you there! 

AGENDA

1.     Approval of Minutes of the November 16, 2016 LAPC Meeting (Action Requested).

2.     Public comment relative to agenda items, with 5 minute time limit per comment.

3.     Coordinated City/County/MPO Planning and Destination Medical Center in Rochester.
Tom Faella will provide an overview of how land use and transportation planning is coordinated in Rochester, Minnesota with an integrated City, County and MPO planning structure.  Mr. Faella will also discuss the Destination Medical Center project in the Rochester area and how it relates to our local Transportation Demand Management discussion.

4.     Overview of Upcoming LAPC Meetings.
LAPC meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of February, March, and April in 2017, and will focus on parking, transit, and land use and policies, respectively.  Municipalities will report on existing and discuss future projects to implement Transportation Demand Management.  The meetings will be facilitated by Jason Valerius, MSA Professional Services, Inc.  All future LAPC meetings will be scheduled in Rm. 1107 of the new La Crosse County Administrative Center, 212 6th St. North, La Crosse.

5.     Other business; Adjourn; Next meeting to be announced.

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