SEH and its partnering clients received three of the eight total awards distributed during the 2018 American Planning Association (APA) – Wisconsin Chapter Annual Planning Conference.
Taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, the awards were created to “give recognition to outstanding achievements and innovations in planning.”
As expanded on below, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM), Harbor District, Inc. and SEH received a Planning Excellence Award for their collaboration on the Harbor District Water & Land Use Plan. The City of River Falls and SEH also received a Planning Excellence Award as a result of the Kinni Corridor Plan. The City of Onalaska and SEH earned a Great Places Wisconsin Award for their partnership on the Great River Landing project.
“At SEH, we’re thrilled to receive these awards alongside communities we’re invested in and care about,” said Darren Fortney, SEH Project Manager for the Harbor District Water & Land Use Plan and Planner for the Great River Landing project. “Above all, we’re excited to see Milwaukee, Onalaska and River Falls rewarded for the investments they’ve made in the present and future of their communities.”
The RACM and Harbor District partnered with SEH to create a water and land use plan that would guide decisions around shoreline treatments, railway alignments, commercial truck access, open space and trail networks, environmental corridors and waterside use within Milwaukee’s Harbor District.
The SEH team completed an integrated planning and alternatives analysis that included several major frameworks: transportation, public access, ecological restoration and sustainable stormwater management practices. These frameworks created a sustainable plan for future investment and expanding development within the Harbor District. In addition, recommendations from this analysis are now being used to define and promote future land use for the Harbor District.
One example of the plan being put to use is the Komatsu $285 million development, which is set to create nearly 1,000 jobs over 12 years in the Harbor District. The development – spread across a 60-acre desolate former industrial site – will feature a 170,000 square foot corporate headquarters for Komatsu, a 500-stall parking structure, 420,000 square feet of manufacturing space, and a 20,000 square foot museum and training building.
The City of River Falls recently received a five-year extension of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license to operate two hydroelectric facilities on the Kinnickinnic River – a Class I trout water in western Wisconsin. FERC approved the City’s strategy to develop a Corridor Plan to investigate all issues related to relicensing and considering future removal of the River’s two dams.
The City partnered with SEH to uncover all options and engage the community in order to make critical decisions regarding the future of the licenses. In addition to community engagement, SEH led all studies and investigations critical to the corridor study and relicensing process. SEH conducted a variety of technical evaluations and presented them to the City Council – ultimately leading to an award-winning Corridor Plan for the Kinnickinnic River.
“SEH is honored to be recognized for our collaboration with the City in the areas of public engagement and technical analysis, ultimately to benefit the Kinnickinnic River and entire river corridor,” said Mark Lobermeier, SEH Project Manager for the Kinni Corridor Plan.
The City of Onalaska had the vision of bringing multi-generational and cultural communities together by creating venues and recreational opportunities for music, education and the arts, and linking the waterfront area to the broader riverfront trail system. SEH was selected to develop a program in close partnership with the Onalaska community – including all water areas, islands, marsh areas, bluffs and uplands. SEH also provided schematic design and engineering documents, in addition to other planning, coordination, public involvement and architecture services.