Capital Improvement Program

Help Shape the Future of Portage 

Public Input Sought on Capital Improvement Program 

During September, the City of Portage begins the annual process to update the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The city is implementing a six-year CIP planning document intended to facilitate the orderly forecasting of infrastructure improvements; maintain, preserve, and protect the city’s existing infrastructure system; provide for the purchase or scheduled replacement of equipment; and identify funding sources. The CIP ensures the efficient delivery of services that residents and business owners desire.  

Examples of public infrastructure improvements include:    

  • Public streets, non-motorized transportation (sidewalk, bike lanes, and multi-use trails), municipal water, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage facilities.
  • Parks and other public recreation and cultural opportunities, public facilities such as City Hall, Senior Center, Public Services, and technology investments. 
  • Public safety equipment and vehicles.

The CIP is a key financing and implementation tool for City of Portage planning efforts, such as:

  • The 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 marketplace, utility infrastructure, and community facilities;
  • Strategic plan studies such as the 2015 Wellhead Protection Plan, 2018 Water Reliability Study, Storm Water Design Criteria Manual, and;
  • Periodic municipal facility audits, annual reports (e.g. utility operation and maintenance reports, annual traffic count and signal studies), citizen surveys; among others.CIP Survey Results Graphic w-Logo (002) Opens in new window

Participation helps ensure that decisions made on capital investments address the needs of the community. 

Public participation from Portage residents, business owners, and interested stakeholders was encouraged. The online survey was available during September 2022 for interested persons to submit ideas for capital improvement projects and/or provide feedback on projects already in the planning stages. Please click the image above to view the 2022-2028 Capital Improvement Program Survey Results from the previous year.

Schedule and Meetings

The following schedule will be followed in the development of the CIP over the next several months, including public meetings.

  • September 2022: On-line Survey 
  • October 2022 Survey Results will be available
  • October – November 2022: CIP projects proposals developed
  • November 2022 – January 2023: City Administration review of CIP projects
  • February 2023: Planning Commission review of draft CIP
  • February 2023: City Administration prepares final draft CIP
  • March 2023: Planning Commission review of final draft CIP
  • April – May 2023: City Council budget workshops and review of final draft CIP
  • May 23, 2023: City Council approved the budget and the 2023-2029 CIP

For more information about the City of Portage Capital Improvement Program, please contact the Department of Community Development at 329-4477.