Marinette County is the second of three communities to participate in the rural affordable workforce housing pilot process. The Marinette County Pilot Design Team began the process on July 12th, 2021, with a target completion date of Spring 2022.
According to the Marinette County Housing Study, housing demand in the county is driven by these market dynamics:
- Job growth for entry-level employees in manufacturing, health care and education has taken place along with a corresponding lack of new apartment construction
- Lack of existing quality housing for Marinette’s workforce due to an aging housing stock
- Demand for homes by second home buyers and retirees
Source: Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission. (2018). Marinette County Housing Study 2017-2018.
Core Areas of Focus
The Marinette County Pilot Design Team identified a set of core focus areas to guide their work:
- Market data – how municipalities and partners can better understand the process of development, to allow for Marinette County to be an attractive location for building affordable housing
- Infrastructure, construction and aging housing stock - how public infrastructure, single-family, and multifamily homes can be built and/or renovated affordably for working households in Marinette County
- NIMBY-ism - how to change what people think about affordable housing, so that they may see it as an asset to their community
Learn more about the pilot design process in Marinette County by reading the progress summaries below. This will be updated at the end of each phase of the pilot design process.
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Marinette County Project Timeline
October 20, 2020
Finalist communities are announced by WHEDA for the Rural Affordable Workforce Housing Pilot
July 12-13th, 2021
The Marinette County Pilot Design Team was introduced, and began organizing their work together and planning for community-based research on the local workforce housing affordability challenge.
July – September 2021
The Marinette County Team conducted a series of engagement workshops with community stakeholders who are impacted and work closely with the local workforce housing challenge, informing their work as they gear up for generating ideas.
October 11-13th, 2021
A three-day workshop for the Marinette County Design Team to gather and reflect on their data, and make decisions on which opportunities to pursue further on the second day, where they opened the doors to host a public brainstorming session with community members and other local stakeholders.
October – December, 2021
Based on the ideas generated during the Ideation Sessions, the Marinette County Pilot Design Team began developing tangible concepts, ultimately testing and prototyping a select few which demonstrate the greatest potential to be both feasible and sustainable
December 8-10th, 2021
The final workshop for the Marinette Design Team was held to prepare for the implementation phase. During Day 1, the team evaluated and prioritized concepts developed during the Prototyping Sprint. On Day 2, the Team shared out the data collected to a wide audience of stakeholders and community members to solicit feedback and insights on their concepts
December 2021 – Spring 2022
The Marinette Design Team began developing a series of pilots, based on the concepts prioritized during the Action Workshop. The Team continued to engage with practitioners, subject matter experts, and community members, in order to create a clear plan for the final pilot solutions.