The North Pole will stay in Kaukauna

The North Pole Village display set up in a backyard in a Kaukauna neighborhood (WBAY photo)
The North Pole Village display set up in a backyard in a Kaukauna neighborhood (WBAY photo)(WBAY)
Published: Mar. 6, 2019 at 4:21 PM CST
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The magic of Christmas will continue to shine in Kaukauna, as The North Pole light display has a new home.

Action 2 News reported back in October that Kaukauna resident Troy Campbell was notified by the city that after 2018 his large Christmas light display would no longer be allowed to be set up in his yard. Disruption to the neighborhood, traffic concerns, as well as zoning issues led to the city's crackdown.

A plot of land at the intersection of Badger Road and Prospect Lane in the Kaukauna Industrial Park will transform into The North Pole later this year. The Industrial Park Commission voted in favor of allowing Troy Campbell's Christmas light display to be set up in the field.

According to Jeff Feldt, chair of the commission, "I think the staff has really looked at how to make this work, for this display to stay in Kaukauna, so I commend them for that."

Approval of the plan comes after city staff looked at traffic issues, surveyed nearby businesses and came up with a one-side parking plan to alleviate North Pole visitors from having to cross streets used by the trucking industry.

It's a solution the mayor says he's glad was reached.

Mayor Anthony Penterman says, "We love Christmas in the City of Kaukauna. I've been getting calls over the last four or five months, social media requests to keep the display within the City of Kaukauna. That's why I made the recommendation to the Industrial Park Commission to keep the display within the City of Kaukauna."

No one is more relieved than Troy Campbell. For the last decade he's turned his yard into the winter wonderland.

"Ten years ago I had three little displays and I was on the street waving to people, and now it's so many you could qualify for its own ZIP Code," he jokes.

Knowing he will be able to use this piece of land to keep his North Pole in Kaukauna is all he ever wanted. And now he can start planning for the holidays.

"I"m going to New York end of this month to design. Going to have a couple of more displays so I'll just leave it at that. People will have to come out and look," adds Campbell.

While the move to the industrial park is a one-year trial that will be reevaluated at the end of the holiday season, Campbell is confident everything will be merry and bright.

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