City officials discuss neighborhood delineation project
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT – Planning commission members moved forward on starting the process for neighborhood delineation on Tuesday night.
In short, the term means that neighborhoods in Portage County are labeled and appreciated for their unique identity. According to a city memo, “The delineation of neighborhoods can have many benefits, including creating an identity that residents promote and take pride in, which can lead to improved community development…”
CREATE Portage County completed a workshop on identifying various neighborhoods in the area, and while not all participants agreed on exact locations and names, there was a general consensus with the regions and areas. According to officials, neighborhoods need to be organic, and with identifiable characteristics.
According to city officials, delineation could lead to residents taking more pride in the neighborhoods in which they live in. This serves as a way to simply get the discussion started for this process.
“We don’t want to brand these neighborhoods for people, we want people to identify what neighborhood they think they live in,” said Greg Wright, Executive Director at CREATE Portage County. “…the easiest way to do this is to work with people who are representing these different areas in the community.”
“The whole point is to get people that live in those areas involved in those areas.” said Mayor Mike Wiza.
To become involved, you can message CREATE Portage County on Facebook.