Township Comprehensive Plans

According to Wisconsin's Comprehensive Planning law (1999 Wisconsin Act 9 signed by Governor Thompson in October 1999, as amended by 1999 Wisconsin Act 148) a comprehensive plan shall contain at least all of the following nine elements.

  1. Issues and Opportunities - the background information on the local government unit and its overall objectives, policies, goals and programs.
  2. Housing -  to provide an adequate housing supply to meet existing and future housing demands.
  3. Transportation - to guide future development of the various modes of transportation systems for persons with disabilities, bicycles, walking, railroads, air transportation, trucking and water transportation.
  4. Utilities and Community Facilities -  to guide the future development of utilities and community facilities in the local governmental unit.  Examples include: sanitary sewer, storm water management, water supply, solid waste disposal, etc.
  5. Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources -  for the conservation and promotion of effective resources management. Examples include: groundwater, forests, productive agricultural areas, stream corridors, surface waters, etc.
  6. Economic Development to promote the stabilization, retention or expansion of the economic base, as well as quality employment opportunities in the local governmental unit.
  7. Intergovernmental Cooperation - for joint planning and decision making with other jurisdictions, including school districts and adjacent local governmental units, for siting and building public facilities and sharing public services.
  8. Land Use - to guide the future development and redevelopment of public and private property.
  9. Implementation - describe how each of the elements above will be integrated and made consistent with the other elements of the comprehensive plan, include a mechanism to measure progress towards achieving all aspects of the plan, and a process for updating the comprehensive plan.

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