In a collaboration with City of Milwaukee planning staff, Jim Piwoni, assisted by American Design, was primary author of the Third Ward Neighborhood Comprehensive Plan. Adopted in 2005 by both City of Milwaukee and the Third Ward Association, this document sets forth policies for the continued redevelopment of the Third Ward neighborhood. Careful attention was paid to neighborhood edges and opportunities for connections to surrounding contexts, including: Lakeshore State Park, Discovery World, Pier Wisconsin, Henry Meier Festival Grounds, Milwaukee Art Museum and various other special landmark development sites.
Jim also authored the current Third Ward Neighborhood Design Guidelines, which coordinates with the Neighborhood Plan. His goal in preparing the design guidelines was to assist the neighborhood Business Improvement District in managing change in Milwaukee’s premier historic district.
Jim also managed the public participation process for the Third Ward Neighborhood Plan, which included a diverse group of stakeholders. Jim is a long-standing member of the Third Ward Architectural Review Board, tasked with reviewing ongoing new construction and renovation projects and ensuring each is developed within the framework of the neighborhood plan and guidelines that continue to enhance and define this neighborhood’s character.