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Ted Thieler, left, and Mike Freel, listen to a proposal to rezone the land for the new Wisconsin Dells High School during a City Plan Commission meeting Feb. 11.

Wisconsin Dells approved a traffic impact analysis study as part of preparations for the new Wisconsin Dells High School.

The study, which was approved during the Feb. 11 Public Works Committee meeting and the Feb. 18 Common Council meeting, is for the exit 87 from Interstate 90 development area. The study is expected to cost around $15,000, and the funding will come out of a previously budgeted $20,000 under tax increment funding, or TIF, for the area covered in the district.

The area off exit 87 where the school is planned is in TIF district 4 for Wisconsin Dells. TIF districts use revenue from taxes on increased property values due to developments as a means to pay or help pay for the improvements which facilitate development.

A previous traffic improvement analysis study for the exit 87 area was completed a few years ago, according to Wisconsin Dells Public Works Director Dave Holzem. Holzem said that those studies are only good for two to three years, with three years “stretching it.”

According to an update during the Feb. 11 Public Works Committee meeting by Wisconsin Dells Public Works Director Dave Holzem, the traffic impact analysis study for the area around the intersection of Highway 12 and 16 and Fitzgerald Road/Highway A has already been completed. Holzem said that the process is “moving forward,” and that the study revolves around proper reconstruction of the intersection.

In other action during committee meetings, the City Plan Commission approved an ordinance to rezone the parcel of land for the new high school, Sauk County Parcel number 291-0026-12000 from C-4 commercial large scale to C-3 commercial highway. According to Chris Tollaksen, Zoning Administrator for Wisconsin Dells, the change is to conform to existing code. The Common Council performed a first reading of the proposed change to the ordinance during the Feb. 18 meeting.

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Wisconsin Dells Events reporter