Capital Improvement Program

The purpose of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is to forecast and match projected revenues and capital needs over a ten-year period. Long-range capital planning is an important management tool that strengthens the links between community infrastructure needs and the financial capacity of the city. 

The CIP is a 10-year financing plan that identifies both short and long-range physical development and capital investments, such as:

  • major and local streets, including non-motorized transportation;
  • municipal water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage facilities;
  • neighborhood enhancements such as sidewalks, street trees, gateway signage, street lights and traffic calming techniques;
  • parks, bikeways and multi-use trails;
  • public facilities such as City Hall, the Portage Senior Center, Public Works, as well as technology; and
  • public safety facilities, vehicles and equipment.

The CIP is an important implementation tool for various 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 market place, utility infrastructure and community facilities;
  • Strategic plan studies such as the Stormwater Master Plan, the Wellhead Protection Program, Water Utility Infrastructure Analysis Program, Walkway/Bikeway Plan, and;
  • Periodic municipal facility auditsannual reports (e.g. utility operation and maintenance reports, annual traffic count and signal studies), citizen surveys; amongst others.

In September 2019, the City of Portage will launch the annual update of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Community Input

A community-supported CIP helps ensure that decisions made on capital investments will maintain and enhance the community.  To garner public input and citizen engagement, an Open House will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019, in the Portage City Hall Council Chambers, 7900 South Westnedge Avenue. 

In addition to the Open House meeting, an ONLINE SURVEY will be available during the month of September 2019 for interested persons to submit ideas for capital improvement projects and/or provide feedback on projects already in the planning stages. 

Click here to complete the Survey

For more information on the CIP, please feel free to contact the Department of Community Development at 329-4477.

Schedule and Meetings

  • September 30, 2019: CIP Open House meeting, City Hall, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • October – November 2019: CIP projects proposals developed
  • November 2019 – January 2020: City Administration review of CIP projects
  • February 6, 2020: Planning Commission review of draft CIP, City Hall, 7 p.m.
  • February 2020: City Administration prepares final draft CIP
  • March 5, 2020: Planning Commission review of final draft CIP, City Hall, 7 p.m.
  • March 19, 2020: Planning Commission review of final draft CIP, City Hall, 7 p.m.
  • April – May 2020: City Council budget workshops and review of final draft CIP
  • May 2020 (second City Council meeting): City Council approves budget and final CIP