Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive plans are prepared under Wisconsin State statute 66.1001. Plans must address nine elements. These plans evaluate these elements in light of what resources a community currently has available and whether available resources meet the community’s needs. Plans then address what communities can do to address current and future needs as well as take advantage of current and future resources.

The nine elements that are reviewed are:
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

Planning Recommendations – Goals, Objectives, Policies and Programs
Comprehensive plans also establish goals and objectives for communities. Communities are encouraged, through the comprehensive planning process, to determine what they would like to “look like” in the future. The comprehensive planning process can assist communities in establishing realistic goals and deciding what can be done to reach those goals. The Plan developed for the Town of Webster uses the following format:

Goals – General statements of idealized conditions and aspirations
Objectives – Targeted areas of planning to be dealt with to achieve goals
Policies – Principles and standards to guide actions in achieving goals and objectives
Programs – Specific actions and projects to implement goal, objectives and policies

In addressing these nine elements, the comprehensive plan is intended to answer the following questions:
• What does our community look like now?
• What might our community look like in the future?
• What do we want our community to look like in the future?
• What can we do so that the community becomes what we want it to become?
The Comprehensive Plan that has been prepared is an attempt to address these questions. It is an advisory document.

2 Responses

  1. Conventional agriculture as well as organic would be more inclusive. Sustainable forestry is a term that has a larger scope than the rather limited and spcialized term agriforestry that some people think is a conundrum. When it comes right down to brass tacks it is the local resources that dictate our future. All of our dreams and aspirations are supported by our people, soil and water so all plans should strive to protect these basic resources.

  2. I second that emotion. People, soil, and water are the basic resources, and our first concern

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