Comprehensive Plan

New Richmond, WI

2019 Innovation in Planning Award
American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter

HKGi assisted the city in completing an update to its Comprehensive Plan. Working with a community engagement facilitator and several community-based topic area focus groups, HKGi provided planning leadership in the areas of land use planning, downtown redevelopment planning, growth area planning, and park/trail/open space planning. As with all of HKGi’s comprehensive plans, the plan emphasizes providing the City with effective tools and strategies to assist with implementation efforts in the future.

Infrastructure improvements are expected to lead to growth in the city’s western highway corridor. The plan will guide growth in this area and more broadly identifies potential gateway improvements throughout the community. The plan also identifies conservation efforts to protect the Willow River in the City’s growth areas and also in the downtown, where the river might provide an attractive location for natural resource and outdoor recreation related economic development. Other development initiatives contained in the plan include leveraging the community’s technical and vocational educational resources for work force training and to attract new entrepreneurs to the community.