Wanted! Citizen Input on the 2017-2027 Capital Improvement Program

During the month of September, the City of Portage launched the annual update of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  The CIP is a 10-year financing plan that identifies both short and long-range physical development and capital investments:

  • Major and local streets, including non-motorized transportation.
  • Municipal water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage facilities.
  • Parks, bikeways and multi-use trails.
  • Technology and Public facilities, such as City Hall, Senior Center, Public Services.
  • Department of Public Safety facilities, vehicles and equipment.

The CIP is an important implementation tool for various City of Portage planning efforts:

  • The 2014 Comprehensive Plan, which addresses long term goals and needs pertaining to land use, the transportation network, recreation and open space, natural/cultural resources, economy and market place, utility infrastructure and community facilities.
  • Strategic plan studies such as the 2015 Wellhead Protection Plan, 2013 Water Reliability Study and Storm Water Design Criteria Manual.
  • Periodic municipal facility audits, annual reports (utility operation and maintenance reports, annual traffic count and signal studies) and citizen surveys.
A link to the current FY 2016-2026 Capital Improvement Program document, and the above referenced documents are provided on the right under Documents.

2017-2027 Capital Improvement Program Development

Input from Portage residents, business owners and other interested persons is critical to the development of the Capital Improvement program. A community-supported CIP helps ensure that decisions made on capital investments will maintain and enhance the community.  

To garner public input and encourage citizen engagement, an Open House was held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Portage City Hall, 7900 South Westnedge Avenue.  The purpose of the Open House was to gather initial public comments about future capital improvement projects in the city.  In addition to the Open House, an on-line survey was available during the month of September 2016.  To view the survey results click on the 2017-2027 CIP Survey Summary link under Documents to the right. The input received through the Open House and on-line survey will be used in developing the 2017-2027 CIP.

To learn more about the planning process, proposed projects and investments, please see the Schedule and Meetings to the right. For more information, please feel free to contact the Department of Community Development at 329-4477 or via email.


  • Schedule and Meetings
    • September 1-30, 2016
      • On-line survey to garner citizen input
    • September 29, 2016
      • CIP Open House meeting, City Hall, 4-7 p.m.
    • October – November, 2016
      • CIP projects proposals developed
    • November 2016 – January 2017
      • City Administration review of CIP projects
    • February 2, 2017
      • Planning Commission review of draft CIP, City Hall, 7 p.m.
    • February 2017
      • City Administration prepares final draft CIP
    • March 2, 2017
      • Planning Commission review of final draft CIP, City Hall, 7 p.m.
    • March 16, 2017
      • Planning Commission review and recommendation to City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m.
    • April – May , 2017
      • City Council budget workshops and review of final draft CIP
    • May 2017 (second City Council meeting)
      • City Council approves budget and final CIP