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Wisconsin Comprehensive Planning Grant Program

The 1999-2001 Wisconsin State biennial budget included the most complete comprehensive planning legislation in Wisconsin's history.  This comprehensive planning legislation (occasionally referred to as "Smart Growth") provides the framework for developing comprehensive plans, a grant program which will provide communities an incentive to further advance the local efforts in their comprehensive planning process, and a connection to other planning related actions to help provide overall consistency with the plan developed by the local community.

The legislation outlines how the newly defined "comprehensive plan" relates to previous and continuing planning efforts.  Each plan must address the 9 planning elements.  The detail on each comprehensive plan depends, in part, on the type of planning jurisdictions.  Additionally, communities accepting state grant funds are required to incorporate the 14 planning goals and objectives .  By 2010, all land use related actions (regulations, etc.) must be consistent with the adopted comprehensive plan.  This includes, but is not limited to:  incorporation procedures, annexation procedures, boundary agreements, subdivision regulation, extraterritorial plat review, zoning ordinances, or agricultural preservation plans.  As part of the comprehensive planning process, each governmental entity must adopt a Public Participation Plan to facilitate public involvement, following procedures outlined by WI Statue 66.1001(4) (See More Links below).

9 Planning Elements

  1. Issues and Opportunities
  2. Housing
  3. Transportation
  4. Utilities and Community Facilities
  5. Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources
  6. Economic Development
  7. Intergovernmental Cooperation
  8. Land Use
  9. Implementation

14 Planning Goals and Objectives

  1. Promotion of the redevelopment of lands with existing infrastructure and public services and the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing residential, commercial and industrial structures.
  2. Encouragement of neighborhood designs that support a range of transportation choices.
  3. Protection of natural areas, including wetlands, wildlife habitats, lakes, woodland, open spaces and groundwater resources.
  4. Protection of economically productive areas, including farmland and forests.
  5. Encouragement of land uses, densities and regulations that promote efficient development patterns and relatively low municipal, state government and utility costs.
  6. Preservation of cultural, historical and archeological sites.
  7. Encouragement of coordination and cooperation among nearby units of government.
  8. Building of community identity by revitalizing main streets and enforcing design standards.
  9. Providing an adequate supply of affordable housing for individuals of all income levels throughout each community.
  10. Providing adequate infrastructure and public services and an adequate supply of developable land to meet existing and future market demand for residential, commercial and industrial uses.
  11. Promoting the expansion or stabilization of the current economic base and the creation of a range of employment opportunities at the state, regional and local levels.
  12. Balancing individual property rights with community interests and goals.
  13. Planning and development of land uses that create or preserve varied and unique urban and rural communities.
  14. Providing an integrated, efficient and economical transportation system that affords mobility, convenience and safety and that meets the needs of all citizens, including transit-dependant and disabled citizens.

Have any questions?
Dane County Department of Planning & Development
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Rm 116
Madison WI 53703-3342
Curt Kodl 608-266-4183