The La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the La Crosse, WI-La Crescent, MN Urbanized Area. MPOs are designated for urbanized areas of 50,000 or more in population to carry out the metropolitan transportation planning process as established in 23 CFR 450 and to provide a forum for local decision-making on transportation issues of a regional nature. The designation must be agreed upon by the governor (in our case, the governors of Wisconsin and Minnesota) and the local units of government that together represent at least 75 percent of the affected population (including the largest incorporated city, based on population, as named by the Bureau of the Census).
The La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) was formed in 1966 by intermunicipal agreement as a regional planning committee to develop an areawide transportation study. Its duties were expanded in 1967 to include comprehensive plans.
The 1970 Decennial Census established the La Crosse (Wis.-Minn.) Urbanized Area--population 63,373--which consisted of the cities of La Crosse (population 51,153) and Onalaska and parts of the towns of Campbell and Shelby in La Crosse County, WI; and the then-village of La Crescent and part of the township of La Crescent in Houston County, MN. As a result of the urbanized area (UA) delineation, the LAPC was then designated by the governors of Wisconsin and Minnesota as the metropolitan planning organization for the UA.
The planning area for the MPO must include the UA and additional land anticipated to urbanize over the next 20 years. The current urbanized and planning area boundaries were adjusted and approved in 2013/2014. Adjustments always occur after a decennial census, with the next adjustments occurring during the 2023-2025 time frame.
As required by 23 CFR 450.300, the purpose of metropolitan transportation planning and programming is to:
Additional LAPC activities that inform and support the planning process include but are not limited to:
To learn more about what we do and about metropolitan planning organizations in general, please view this presentation we gave for the Community Transportation Academy sponsored by 1000 Friends of Wisconsin.
To assist in carrying out the continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive performance-based multimodal transportation planning process required of MPOs, the LAPC has agreements with its member communities, the Wisconsin and Minnesota DOTs, and public transportation operators.
Cooperative Agreement for Continuing Transportation Planning (WisDOT/LAPC/MTU, 2017)
MOU between MnDOT/LAPC/MTU (2022)