The City of Sun Prairie has embarked on the creation of a vision and redevelopment plan for the corner of Main and Bristol, the site of the July 2018 gas leak and explosion. The community’s sense of pride and incredible resiliency following the tragedy was represented by the #sunprairiestrong campaign. This process builds on that collective coming together to celebrate the heritage of the area and traditions of the community, as well as leverage this once-in-a-hundred-year opportunity to define the future of Sun Prairie.

The final plan will reflect many voices—residents, property and business owners, and stakeholders—and will work to redevelop the heart of the community. The result? A clear path to a sustainable, vibrant, and inspirational place that honors the history of the site.


The Planning process is composed of four phases: Analyze, Engage, Envision, and Implement. During Analyze and Engage phases, the planning team will be assessing the site’s existing conditions and engaging the community through different platforms to prepare the “State of the Area Report”. The Envision phase focuses on developing site concepts with guidance from the project’s steering committee. These concepts will be presented to the community in a second community open house for additional feedback and that phase will result in finalized site concepts. The Implement phase outlines the action plan that will guide the City of Sun Prairie to bringing this plan to life!



Almost 1,000 Sun Prairie residents shared their thoughts and ideas in the first phase! We heard big ideas, thoughts, and concerns that have guided our team’s brainstorming sessions.


After listening to the community’s big ideas for the Main and Bristol site, our team has developed multiple concepts and land uses. We need your input in this critical phase of the planning process to ensure everyone’s voice has been heard.

Please save the date for our next Sun Prairie Stronger Community Workshop on July 25 at City Hall (300 E. Main St.) from 5:30-7:00 PM. Participants will get the chance to provide input on their favorite concepts and ideas as we shape the heart of the Sun Prairie Community!



The Lakota Group

The Lakota Group has 25 years of experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation and will be leading the redevelopment plan and community engagement process for the Sun Prairie Stronger Plan. Learn more >