Land Use & Development Director, City of Onalaska
415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI 54650
Jason was born in Sparta, Wisconsin and lived most of his childhood in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He received his BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 and continued graduate studies in GIS, landscape architecture and downtown redevelopment at UW-Madison in 1989 after working for several landscape architectural firms in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. He returned to Madison in 1989 to work for Schreiber/Anderson Associates from 1989 to 1995. His position with SAA as a landscape architect and project manager resulted in experience with many downtown and waterfront redevelopment projects in Sheboygan, Beloit, Moline (IL), Menomonee Falls and elsewhere. He also worked as one of the principal landscape architects on the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison and on several corporate campus projects around the state. In 1995, he accepted the position of City Planner with the City of Onalaska, a rapidly growing community of 12,000 just north of La Crosse in the Mississippi River Valley. He was promoted to Interim City Administrator in 1998 and then Land Use and Development Director in 1999, overseeing Zoning, Inspection and Planning for the city. His work for Onalaska has included the development of a comprehensive greenway system, a downtown redevelopment plan, a tourism strategy involving a National Scenic Byways grant, a rewrite of the city’s codes to a Unified Development Code format, impact fee ordinances, and the citizens’ advocacy group Centering Onalaska, which provides the public with an organization for ongoing downtown redevelopment efforts. He is now overseeing a 12 month planning process for the City’s waterfront area which resulted in part from his efforts to acquire a 47 acre tract of private land along the Black River in Onalaska.