E-Newsletter Volume 11, Issue 2 / February 2021
Welcome To Our Newest Employee!
We are pleased to welcome Jessica Missall to the Bay-Lake RPC team!

Jessica was hired as an Economic Development Assistant and will be tasked with assisting the Economic Development Planner with EDA CARES Act and CDBG related projects. She is a 2020 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a degree in Environmental Policy & Planning. Jessica recently completed an internship with the Village of Bellevue in community and economic development.
Welcome New Member!
The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission is pleased to welcome the City of Sturgeon Bay as its newest member of the Commission!
Have Your Community Featured on Our Website
We are in the process of updating our website and want to feature your community. With the snow and winter weather sticking around, we want to see your communities in their Winter Best! 

The Bay-Lake region is filled with beautiful frozen rivers, snowy landmarks, and so much more this time of year and we want to share that with any visitor to our website! A handful of photos will be selected and featured on the front page of our website (along with photo credits of course)!

Please send any pictures of your community in the winter to Chris Garcia at cgarcia@baylakerpc.org
Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study Virtual Open House
As part of its Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study, FEMA is hosting two virtual open house events for Brown County residents. The topic of discussion will be the recently issued preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Brown County communities. These open house events will allow you to speak with experts, ask questions, and raise concerns about flood risks and hazards in your community. The events will take place from 4:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. on February 22 and February 24.

Meeting info - Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 952 3987 3338, Password: FEMA21

For more information about the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study, check out the website.
Sheboygan MPO Update
The Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees reviewed and recommended approval of minor amendments to the Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Calendar Years 2021 – 2024 at their joint meeting on January 28, 2021. The Commission approved these amendments at a meeting of its Executive Committee on January 29, 2021. The amendments added one project to Table 4 (Elderly and Disabled Transportation Capital Projects) and involved cost changes and project additions and deletions to Table 6 (Street and Highway Improvement Projects). Appendix I of the 2021 – 2024 TIP (Performance Measures in the Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area TIP) was also modified to incorporate these changes, along with inclusion of performance targets that were approved in recent months. The amendments have been posted here.

Commission staff prepared the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects for Calendar Year 2020 in January. This was presented to the Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees at their joint meeting on January 28, 2021. The annual listing has been posted here

Commission staff continued to work with Shoreline Metro staff to modify the transit operation’s Public Transit Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) in response to comments raised by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) PTASP Technical Assistance Center (TAC).  

Commission staff finalized the annual transportation system performance indicators report. Modifications to this report were presented at the January joint meeting of the Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees. This report can be found here.

Please contact Jeff Agee-Aguayo or Chris Garcia if you have questions regarding any of these activities.
Lower Green Bay & Fox River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration Project Input Form
The Wisconsin DNR is collecting input to assist with the planning and prioritization of seven project areas along the west shore of lower Green Bay to help improve fish and wildlife habitat and populations and to support delisting the Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern. Specifically, they would like to learn about the economic and social benefits that stakeholders think these projects might create for communities in the Area of Concern. These could include short- or long-term effects on community identity, local tax base, employment, or income levels, educational or recreational opportunities, public health, or family circumstances. Please use this link to participate.
Recently Completed Plans
Kewaunee County Housing Study
Bay-Lake RPC staff assisted Kewaunee County in conducting a county-wide housing study. The value of the completed Kewaunee County Housing Study was to get a better understanding of the overall housing needs and provide recommendations for future housing policy or potential housing development. An online story map included in the contract also provides the document in an interactive online format.
Sheboygan County Stormwater Maze
Bay-Lake RPC staff assisted Sheboygan County and the Sheboygan County Stormwater Coalition in the creation of an interactive online stormwater education tool. The Sheboygan County Stormwater Maze and printout presents stormwater education management practices in a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about these practices in their community.
Lower East River Restoration Plan
Bay-Lake RPC staff recently completed the Lower East River Restoration Plan funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. This plan identifies restoration activities that could be undertaken by municipalities and private landowners to improve water quality and flood storage, fish and wildlife habitat, and park access along the riparian lands of the lower East River corridor. Drone footage of the East River was acquired, and an online portal is available as part of this plan. The online portal displays plan contents in a user-friendly version that can be accessed anywhere. The plan can be found on our website or within the online portal. 
Upcoming Events & Meetings
Available Grant Opportunities
(Accepting Applications)
Do you want to know more about planning services or grants available?
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 letsplan@baylakerpc.org.