Who will guide the future of your community?
- Local Residents
- Government Officials
- Recreational Home Owners
- Advocacy Groups
- Area Youth
- Mother Nature?
You can help guide the future of your community through comprehensive planning.
Consequences of Planning and not Planning
- Allows local government to prepare for public service needs and associated costs.
- Gives residents an opportunity to discuss and direct the future of their community.
- Explores alternatives that will serve and guide a community in a preferred direction.
- Shows developers and government officials the location and types of development that are wanted by the community.
- Implementation of a plan may restrict how you use your property and how your neighbor uses their property.
- No Planning
- Local government may have to react to public service crises resulting from unanticipated development or changes.
- The future just “happens” to a community rather than the community guiding its own future.
- Without guidance from the community through a plan, decisions that effect your land are determined by the opinion of government officials, other residents, and outside interests.
- With nothing to implement, there can be fewer restrictions on use of your property, and your neighbor is not restricted from using their property in ways that may effect you.
- Developing a successful plan can be difficult, because there is a need to balance conflicting views and needs.
- Plans take time and money. The plan will need to be updated to keep up with the changing world.
- Planning will not provide a solution to every issue, however, without a plan, few solutions are provided.
Planning vs. Zoning
Planning — Describes how the community would like to develop based on the existing & anticipated situation and describes how to get there. A plan is a guide that can be implemented through a combination of methods including: education, incentives, regulation, acquisition, and self initiation.
Zoning — Is one of many regulatory tools (methods) used to implement a plan. It describes what can and can’t be done on a particular parcel.
Smart Growth Legislation
In October 1999, Wisconsin passed new law related to planning termed “Smart Growth”. This new law elaborated on Wisconsin’s 1928 and 1967 definitions of a plan. It includes a list of the 9 elements that make up a comprehensive plan. In addition, it outlines plan adoption procedures and requires that beginning January 1, 2010, any program or action of a local government unit that effects land use must be consistent with an adopted comprehensive plan.
9 Elements of a Comprehensive Plan
- Issues & Opportunities
- Utilities & Community Facilities
- Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources
- Economic Development
- Intergovernmental Cooperation