Community Assistance

 

Project Planning Services/Comprehensive Plans

SEWRPC community assistance efforts extend to the preparation, upon request, of county and local comprehensive plan elements as well as plan implementation ordinances addressing zoning, land division, and official mapping. This work also extends to hazard mitigation planning and local park and open space planning. This work seeks to integrate regional and local planning and helps implement regional plans.

Comprehensive Planning ("Smart Growth")

 

In 1999, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted legislation that expanded the scope and significance of comprehensive planning in the State. The legislation, sometimes referred to as the State’s "Smart Growth" law, provides a framework for the development, adoption, implementation, and amendment of comprehensive plans by regional planning commissions and by county, city, village, and town units of government. The law is set forth in Section 66.1001 of the Wisconsin Statutes. SEWRPC has prepared the following information to assist in preparing, amending, updating, and implementing comprehensive plans:

Planning Requirements:

Status of Comprehensive Plans in Southeastern Wisconsin:

Extraterritorial Areas:

Incorporating SEWRPC Plans into County and Local Comprehensive Plans:

Implementation:

Plan Amendments

Many communities have amended or are considering amendments to their comprehensive plans.  The comprehensive planning law requires the same procedures for adopting a comprehensive plan to be used when the plan is amended.  These include adoption of public participation procedures by the governing body, a public hearing on the proposed amendment with a 30-day public hearing notice, a review and recommendation from the Plan Commission, adoption of the amendment by an ordinance approved by the governing body, and distribution of the adopted amendment to adjacent communities and other interested parties.  SEWRPC has developed the following materials to assist in amending comprehensive plans.

Sample Forms for Amending Comprehensive Plans: 

Plan Updates

A number of communities are considering or have begun updating the local comprehensive plan to meet the Statutory requirement that comprehensive plans be updated no less than once every 10 years (Section 66.1001(1)(i) of the Statutes).  Due to limited staffing resources, SEWRPC will focus on providing assistance for updating comprehensive plans to county and local governments that are part of a multi-jurisdictional planning effort, similar to the policy followed during the initial preparation of comprehensive plans by counties and communities within the Region.

Although SEWRPC lacks the resources to prepare comprehensive plan updates for all local governments in the Region, SEWRPC will provide available data to communities on request, and will also provide comments on draft plans, plan elements, or other plan materials on request.  SEWRPC also maintains a list of planning consultants that may be available to assist individual communities with updating comprehensive plans.

Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Planning Programs in Southeastern Wisconsin

Following enactment of the Wisconsin comprehensive planning law in 1999, SEWRPC offered to work with each of the seven counties in the Region to produce county comprehensive plan documents. Six of the counties conducted multi-jurisdictional planning programs to produce a county comprehensive plan and companion local plans for participating cities, towns, and villages. Information on the county comprehensive planning programs is provided below.  Please note that many comprehensive plans have been amended.  Contact the County or local government directly if you require current comprehensive plan information.

  • Kenosha County

Kenosha County and nine cities, towns, and villages were awarded a State comprehensive planning grant in 2006 to prepare a multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan. SEWRPC and UW-Extension assisted in developing the plan. The Kenosha County Board adopted the plan on April 20, 2010.  The adopted plan is available here.


The Villages of Bristol and Silver Lake and the Towns of Brighton, Bristol (subsequently annexed by the Village of Bristol), Paris, and Somers adopted the multi-jurisdictional plan document as their local comprehensive plan. The Towns of Salem and Wheatland, the Village of Pleasant Prairie, and the City of Kenosha have adopted separate comprehensive plans based on the multi-jurisdictional plan.  More information, including amendments to the multi-jurisdictional plan adopted by the County Board, is available on the Kenosha County website: http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/index.aspx?NID=776

  • Ozaukee County

Ozaukee County was awarded a State comprehensive planning grant in 2004. With the exception of the City of Cedarburg, all cities, towns, and villages in the County, including the Village of Newburg which straddles the Ozaukee-Washington County line, participated in a multi-jurisdictional planning program to develop a comprehensive plan for the County and each of the participating local governments. SEWRPC and UW-Extension assisted in preparing the plans. The multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan was adopted by the Ozaukee County Board on April 2, 2008. All local plans were adopted by April 14, 2009. An amendment to the multi-jurisdictional plan to incorporate the local plans was approved by the Ozaukee County Board on May 6, 2009. The adopted County plan, as amended in May 2009, is available here. Additional information about the plan, including amendments adopted by the County Board after May 6, 2009, is available on the Ozaukee County website: http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/smartgrowth/.

  • Racine County

Racine County and all 17 cities, towns, and villages were awarded a State comprehensive planning grant in 2006 to prepare a multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan. SEWRPC and UW-Extension assisted in developing the plan. The multi-jurisdictional plan was adopted by the Racine County Board on October 13, 2009. The multi-jurisdictional plan document was adopted as the local comprehensive plan by 16 of the 17 participating communities. The adopted multi-jurisdictional plan is available here. The seventeenth community, the City of Racine, endorsed the multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan and adopted a city comprehensive plan based upon the multi-jurisdictional plan. The adopted City of Racine plan is available here. More information is available on the Racine County UW-Extension website: http://racine.uwex.edu/racine-county-comprehensive-planning/.

  • Walworth County

Walworth County and 13 towns worked together on a multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan with assistance from SEWRPC. The plan was adopted by the Walworth County Board on November 10, 2009. Each participating town adopted the multi-jurisdictional plan as the town comprehensive plan prior to County Board adoption. The adopted multi-jurisdictional plan is available here. More information is available here.

  • Washington County

Washington County, 10 towns, and one village were awarded a State comprehensive planning grant in 2005. SEWRPC and UW-Extension were also part of the planning process. The multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan was adopted by the Washington County Board on April 15, 2008. The adopted County plan is available here. Local comprehensive plans based on the multi-jurisdictional plan were adopted by the Town of Addison, Town of Barton, Town of Erin, Town of FarmingtonTown of Hartford, Town of Kewaskum, Village of Kewaskum, Town of Polk, Town of Trenton, and Town of Wayne. The Town of Germantown adopted the multi-jurisdictional plan document as the Town comprehensive plan. More information, including amendments to the comprehensive plan adopted by the County Board, is available on the Washington County website: http://www.co.washington.wi.us/departments.iml?mdl=departments.mdl&ID=PLN.

  • Waukesha County

The Waukesha County comprehensive plan was adopted by the Waukesha County Board on February 24, 2009. The County was awarded a State comprehensive planning grant to assist with the plan.  The planning effort was led by County and UW-Extension staff with participation from SEWRPC and 29 cities, villages, and towns.  More information, including the plan report and plan amendments adopted by the County Board, is available on the Waukesha County website: http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/defaultwc.aspx?id=39492

 

State of Wisconsin–Department of Administration Comprehensive Planning Web Page:

 

 

SEWRPC Contact for Comprehensive Planning Information:

 

Nancy M. Anderson, AICP
Chief Community Assistance Planner
262-953-3212
nanderson@sewrpc.org

 

Hazard Mitigation Planning

SEWRPC provides assistance to counties and local governments in the preparation and updating of hazard mitigation plans. These plans fulfill requirements set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Through such planning, appropriate consideration is given to such hazards as flooding; lakeshore bluff and dam failure episodes; severe weather conditions, including wind storms, tornadoes, periods of extreme heat or cold, and winter storms; terrorism; civil disorder; urban fire or mass casualty; and hazardous material situations. SEWRPC has recently assisted the City of Milwaukee, Kenosha County, and Racine County on updates to their hazard mitigation plans. Reports and meeting materials relative to these three work efforts may be accessed on the links provided below. For more information on hazard mitigation planning, please contact:

Dr. Joseph E. Boxhorn
Senior Planner
262-953-3244
jboxhorn@sewrpc.org

 

 

• Racine County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

 

Final Report:

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 266 - 2nd Edition

Meeting Materials:

November 4, 2009 Agenda

November 4, 2009 Meeting Summary Notes (not yet approved)

Public Hearing Presentations

April 27, 2010 Presentation

 

Plan Implementation Ordinances and Maps

 

to see model ordinances click here

SEWRPC helps county and local governments to produce zoning, land division, and official mapping ordinances and related map materials. This work is conducted on an as requested basis and is intended to help local governments implement regional plan recommendations. For more information, please contact:

Nancy M. Anderson, AICP
Chief Community Assistance Planner
262-953-3212
nanderson@sewrpc.org

 

Local Park and Open Space Planning


SEWRPC provides assistance to local governments (cities, villages, and towns) in the preparation and updating of local park and open space plans. This work is conducted in response to requests from communities and is intended, in part, to help local governments meet Federal and State requirements for securing grants to help acquire and preserve park and open space land and develop recreational facilities.

For more information about SEWRPC’s park and open space plans, the planning process, and grant programs to assist in implementing park plans, please see the following:

 

 Recent park and open space plans completed by SEWRPC:

City of Brookfield

City of Racine

City of West Bend

For more information on local park and open space planning, please contact:

Nancy M. Anderson, AICP
Chief Community Assistance Planner
262-953-3212
nanderson@sewrpc.org

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Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

 

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P.O. Box 1607
Waukesha, WI 53187-1607

 

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Phone: (262) 547-6721
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E-mail: sewrpc@sewrpc.org