Plan Commission

Members (with term expiration):

Kevin Alderson (4/20/11) 625-5387 or 343-5387 k.alderson@mchsi.com
Ardene Wirts (4/20/11) 625-2462 jww@mwt.net
Kathy Appleman (4/20/10) 625-4480 kathy@htcrealty.com
Ellen Thelen, Secretary (4/20/10) 625-4346 thelene@lafarge.k12.wi.us
Glen (Skip) Oliphant (4/20/12) 625-2562 oliphant74@hotmail.com
Joe Swanson (4/20/12) 625-4492 joebswanson@hotmail.com
Terry Beck, Chair (4/20/12) 625-4520 beck.terr@uwlax.edu
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Please read the next page, “Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan,” for a general explanation of what the plan does and the vision it intends to facilitate.

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Check the “Agendas” section for information on the Commission’s current activities.

One Response

  1. Terry Beck’s beliefs about community planning
    • planning is done in order to realize a shared vision of “the good life”
    • a vision must be generic and beneficial to all in the community
    • the vision for a desirable quality of life must be sustainable—future generations having the same or better quality of life as those doing the planning
    • planning should imagine both the conflicts/difficulties and the opportunities that will arise in achieving the vision
    • planning should be both bottom-up (starting at the local level) and system-focused
    • planning should be integrated through all levels of government
    • most people are decent and honest and want to cooperate in achieving the good life for all members of the community
    • peoples’ actions should be guided towards the vision, as much as possible, through “libertarian paternalism”—through “nudges
    • rules, regulations, constraints are necessary to control the 3 to 5% of the population who are not decent, honest, & respectful (e.g., the people who threw a carpet and sleeping bag in the ditch on the Avalanche Road)
    • a much greater percentage of the people are decent, honest, and respectful—but do not have much sense of the bigger issues and problems that rural areas can no longer be isolated from; and that group must be assisted in learning to face systemic issues
    • global issues—particularly as overpopulation, global finance and global markets, and climate change/environmental collapse intertwine—have the potential to bring sudden and drastic changes to our township
    the Natural Step framework seems to be a good general framework for planning for a sustainable future and is desirable for Webster
    + because it has a 30-year proven track record in Sweden where it was developed
    + because it is being adopted in this area (La Crosse—both city & country—are farthest along), making resources and cooperative efforts available
    + because there is support for it from UW-Extension
    [I’m not stuck on the Natural Step—it’s just that I think we need some framework. Perhaps there are others that are better?]
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