Village of Lakeview Downtown Development Authority

Lakeshore Development Plan

The Village of Lakeview’s downtown stretches along Tamarack Lake. Lincoln Avenue is the downtown’s main street, yet it has little connection to the lakeshore. Though the lake is great for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, the downtown area had little opportunity for such activities.

Prein&Newhof’s project team created a survey on SurveyMonkey and hosted it on an online citizen engagement platform called coUrbanize. The survey was advertised via local newspaper and Facebook and received 95 responses. The project team held a public meeting following this survey to review survey feedback and collect additional comments. After compiling feedback, the project team organized and analyzed the comments for trends and themes, and, based on these themes, established a vision three goals for the plan.

The design charrette was held a month later at the Village’s library, with 25 attendees from the community. The attendants broke into groups of 3-5 persons, and sat around tables, which had a 2’x3’ paper map of the downtown area in the center. They were supplied pencils, markers, scissors, and various symbols on cardstock cut-outs and asked to write down ideas that would address the three goals.

Using the notes, drawings, and maps from the charrette, the team synthesized a full plan and organized the ideas into feasible projects.


Matt Levandoski, PLA, Project Manager

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