James A. LaGro, Jr.

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Selected Projects


Capital Region Sustainable Communities
With a $2 million Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, the Capital Region Sustainable Communities consortium is:

  • preparing plans for regional transit & development corridors
  • preparing Future Urban Development Area (FUDA) plans for sustainable urban growth
  • closing gaps in local and regional plans related to equity, housing, & transportation
  • demonstrating sustainable development through catalytic projects
  • selecting sustainability indicators and measuring progress towards goals

  • Class Projects:
    Safe Routes to School - City of Middleton (2007)
    Sauk Trail Elementary School; Northside Elementary School; Elm Lawn Elementary School; Kromrey Middle School; Briefing memo to the School Board

    "Alternative Urbanization Scenarios for an Agricultural Watershed Design Criteria, Social Constraints, and Effects on Groundwater and Surface Water Systems."  
    A multi-disciplinary team of campus faculty and state and federal government scientists completed this research and hydrologic modeling project. The project was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

    "A model ordinance for traditional neighborhood development (TND)"
    This project involved collaboration with planning professor Brian Ohm and graduate student Chuck Strawser. Flexible design guidelines were developed for this project. The model ordinance was adopted by the Wisconsin State Legislature in the summer of 2001. This project was funded by the Legislature.