Providing cooperative planning and funding solutions to foster
healthy and thriving communities within the region.
An Economic Development District serving Northeast Wisconsin for nearly 
50 years.
Sheboygan MPO

(920) 448-2820
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Cindy  Wojtczak
Executive Director

Principal Planner

Elizabeth  Runge
Economic Development Planner
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Emily Pierquet
Administrative Assistant
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Transportation Planner

Madison  Smith
Environmental Planner
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Nicole  Barbiaux
GIS Specialist
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Sydney Swan
Community Assistance Planner
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Harry Graham
Community Assistance Planner
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Welcome to our Newest Commissioners!
We are pleased to introduce two of our newest Commissioners, Thomas Mandli and Mary Ellen Dobbins. Thomas Mandli is a Marinette County Board appointment to the Commission and Mary Ellen Dobbins is a Kewaunee County Commissioner nominated by the Kewaunee County Board and appointed by the Governor.

Thomas Mandli is a retired teacher after 31 years of teaching Technology Education in Marinette. He represents District 17 on the Marinette County Board, and is a member of the County's Development Committee, which encompasses agriculture, economic development and tourism, UW-Extension, and Land Conservation.

Mary Ellen Dobbins is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin with a BA Degree from St. Norbert College, and a Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. After 35 years of teaching, she retired in 2011.  In April 2016, Mary Ellen was elected to the Kewaunee County Board as Supervisor for District 12, the West Kewaunee area. Mary Ellen is Chairperson of the Kewaunee County Public Health & Veterans Committee. She is also on the Executive, Human Services, and University of Wisconsin Extension committees. Mary Ellen represents Kewaunee County on the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore (ADRC) Board and is Secretary of the Violence Intervention Project (VIP) Board.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Training
Staff had the opportunity to attend hazard mitigation training on July 16. Bay-Lake RPC is currently contracting with Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, and Sheboygan counties to create their 5-year hazard mitigation plan updates. Understanding why we mitigate is a key component. Disasters are unpredictable and costly, but by preparing in advance, communities increase the speed of response, recovery, and can remediate a lot of damage. For more information on hazard mitigation plans, please contact Madison Smith or Jeff Agee-Aguayo.

Green Infrastructure Code Audits
Bay-Lake RPC has completed a code audit for the City of Sheboygan, and is currently completing a code audit for Manitowoc County in collaboration with Sea Grant and Fund for Lake Michigan. The audit is designed to address code barriers which hinder or restrict green infrastructure techniques in communities. The project also gives recommendations for potential code changes in the future.
This is a service that may be financially supported by the Fund for Lake Michigan at zero cost to municipalities. Please contact Madison Smith or Brandon Robinson if you would like more information or have questions.
Devil's River State Trail Master Plan
The Devil's River State Trail is a 14 mile shared use trail that extends from Brown County to Manitowoc County along a former rail corridor. Bay-Lake RPC staff has been working with Manitowoc County planning staff to create a guiding document for future development opportunities, trail use, and maintenance for the existing and potential expansion locations of the trail.  Click here  to see the final draft, and please contact Sydney Swan or Elizabeth Runge  if you have comments or questions.

On July 18, 2019, extreme weather caused significant damage in our region. Listed below are resources from agencies that are offering assistance.

WI Department of Administration: Disaster Recovery Assistance
DOA has disaster recovery assistance available to local units of government for housing rehabilitation, public facility/infrastructure repair, and business assistance utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. 
Click here   for Application information for the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP).

Natural Resource Conservation Service Program
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is offering $200 million in emergency funding to restore flood-prone lands. For details about this program, click here.

Disaster Recovery Microloan Program
Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (BLRPC) has microloan funding available, up to $20,000 and at 0% interest for businesses impacted by disasters such as flooding, storms, or other events, in the BLRPC region. The region includes Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette, Manitowoc, Oconto, and Sheboygan Counties.  Visit our website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact  Elizabeth Runge.
Invasive Species Update

2019 treatment of various invasive species is well underway in Kewaunee County! During early July, Wild Parsnip was treated at over 30 sites across the county. Wildlife & Wetland Solutions, the contractor hired to treat the invasive plants,  will be back in the county at the end of August and beginning of September to treat Phragmites and Japanese Knotweed. If you are a landowner who is seeking treatment for either of these invasive species found on your property, please follow the  link to our website where you can find a landowner permission form and an interactive map to identify site specific points of invasive species on your property.  Please contact Madison Smit h  with any questions or concerns .

Upcoming Events/Meetings

August 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Kewaunee Towns Association Meeting
Town of Carlton

September 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees Joint Meeting
Sheboygan County Administration Building, Sheboygan

September 13, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission Full Commission Meeting
Aging and Disability Resource Center, Green Bay

Is your community or organization looking for speakers or meeting facilitators?
The staff of the Bay-Lake RPC are happy to speak to your boards/councils, committees, organization, or community groups about what is happening in our region. 

We are also available to assist communities and counties with meeting facilitation. 

Please contact us at (920) 448-2820 or .

Available Grant Opportunities 
The following is a list of upcoming grant opportunities and their due dates. Please contact the Commission if you have a project idea, or need assistance with preparing or administering a grant, or if you are interested in partnering with the Commission on a project. 
Please contact
Emily Pierquet for any links that are not working properly.  Thank you!