Juneau County Housing Assessment 2023

In 2023, the Juneau County Health Department worked with the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC) to produce this report in response to growing concerns over housing affordability and to update the 2018 Juneau County Housing Study. Housing affordability affects the County’s quality of life and ability to compete economically, and it affects the health, safety, and happiness of the County’s residents. This project consisted of robust data collection, public surveys, public open houses, and stakeholder interviews to understand which housing types are highest in demand, and what barriers prevent an adequate supply of desired housing. This assessment recommends a variety of strategies and programs that each individual community may explore depending on their own needs to encourage the construction and rehabilitation of needed housing.

North Central Wisconsin Regional Recovery Dashboard

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCWRPC was awarded a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist with the economic recovery of the Region. Part of the scope of work for the grant included the development of a Regional Recovery Plan. The Regional Recovery Plan includes both short-term and long-term strategies intended to guide the Region’s economic stabilization and recovery from current and future economic shocks and to help foster a resilient and sustainable North Central Wisconsin.

As the Region continues to recover from the pandemic and build towards a more prosperous future, local communities and organizations can use the North Central Wisconsin Regional Recovery Dashboard to help track the Region’s progress on issues that were identified in the Regional Recovery Plan as crucial to the prosperity of North Central Wisconsin.

Wausau Metropolitan Area Regional Housing Assessment

The North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission completed a regional housing assessment for the Town of Rib Mountain, Villages of Kronenwetter, Maine, Marathon City, Rothschild, and Weston, and Cities of Schofield and Wausau. This project uses Census data, real estate data, surveys, and interviews to find out what kinds of housing needs to be built in the region and what communities can do to help.

Housing Assessment Report – Regional Livability Plan

The Housing Assessment Report is one of four reports prepared as part of the overall Regional Livability Plan effort undertaken by the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Each Assessment Report focuses on the foundational topics of Housing, Economic Development, Transportation, and Land Use. These four reports along with demographic data will form the basis of the overall North Central Wisconsin Regional Livability Plan.

Housing is a crucial component of livability. The complex dynamics of the housing market impact future housing development. Understanding this relationship provides a basis for the formulation of policy to coordinate transportation facilities with a sustainable pattern of residential development. The connection between home and work is a fundamental function of any transportation system. Home-work connections should be efficient, reinforce and strengthen community ties, and foster economic development and environmental sustainability. Understanding the factors affecting people’s decisions on meeting their housing needs provides a basis for establishing solid home-work connections in the region.

Regional Livability Plan

The Regional Livability Plan identifies ways to address the region’s opportunities and weaknesses to become more livable for all residents. The plan addresses four specific areas: Housing, Economic Development, Transportation, and Land Use. The RLP introduces goals, objectives, and recommendations that can help the region use the money we have more effectively and efficiently by investing in solutions that solve multiple problems. Mainly, livable and sustainable developments are less expensive to build, require fewer municipal services, result in higher property values, and generate a range of long-term social and environmental benefits.