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Comprehensive Planning


"A Multi-jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035" was adopted on April 15, 2008 by the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

(Entire document - File size: 54.4 MB)

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Chapter Title
Cover and Table of Contents
I Introduction and Background
II Population, Household, and Employment Trends and Projections
III Inventory of Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources
IV Inventory of Existing Land Uses and Transportation Facilities and Services
V Inventory of Existing Utilities and Community Facilities
VI Existing Plans and Ordinances: 2006
VII Issues and Opportunities Element
VIII Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources Element
IX Land Use Element
--Washington County Land Use Plan: 2035 (Map)
X Housing Element
XI Transportation Element
XII Utilities and Community Facilities Element
XIII Economic Development Element
XIV Intergovernmental Cooperation Element
XV Implementation Element
XVI Summary

APPENDICES
Appendix A Public Participation
Appendix B County and Local Government Resolutions to Participate in the Multi-Jurisdictional Planning Process
Appendix C Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes
Appendix D Local Government, School District, and privately owned
Park and Open Space Sites in Washington County: 2007
Appendix E Codes for Year 2000 Land Use Maps in Chapter IV
Appendix F Draft Goals and Objectives Developed by Partnering Communities
Appendix G Zoning Tables for Local Government Partners
Appendix H Summary of Land Use Related Extraterritorial Authorities
Appendix I Responses to Comprehensive Planning Telephone Survey in Washington County
Appendix J Washington County Visioning Workshop Results
Appendix K Town of Germantown Comprehensive Plan
Appendix L Households with Housing Problems for Each Participating Local Government
Appendix M Households with a High Cost Burden for Each Participating Local Government
Appendix N Washington County Economic Development Strategic Plan: 2006-2007
Appendix O Economic Development Programs and Grants Available in Washington County
Appendix P Dispute Resolution Rules and Bylaws
Appendix Q Comparison of Local and County Land Use Plan Categories
Appendix R County Board Resolution Approving the Comprehensive Plan
Appendix S County Board Ordinance Adopting the Comprehensive Plan

The purpose of this workgroup was to focus on the development of the Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources Element. Responsibilities included:

  • Analyzing and reviewing trends, inventories, and forecasts pertaining to agricultural, natural and cultural resource issues.
  • Developing preliminary recommendations for the Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources Element.

Presentations

Helpful Information Resource Links

Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources Element Workgroup Members (2008)

David Baldus, Chairperson - Town of Polk Citizen
Daniel Schmidt - Town of Kewaskum
Rod Bartlow - Ice Age Trail Foundation
Robert Bingen - Town of Addison
Ross Bishop - Agribusiness Cluster Council
Norbert Dettmann - Landmarks Committee
Dale Dhein - Town of Germantown
Kevin Dittmar - Metropolitan Builders Association
Keith Kriewaldt - Town of Wayne
Albert Schulteis - Town of Polk
Mary Krumbiegel - County Board Supervisor
Sue Millin - Land Conservation Partnership
Andy Pesch - Village of Kewaskum
Joe Peters - Town of Barton
Ike Roell - Town of Farmington
Helmut Wagner - Town of Erin
Roger Walsh - Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District
Michael Heili - Village of Newburg
Richard Beine - Town of Hartford
Melvin Ewert - County Board Supervisor, Planning Conservation and Parks Committee
Marilyn John- Town of Trenton


Countywide Survey February 2006

The Washington County Planning and Parks Department in partnership with SEWRPC,
UW-Extension, the Village of Kewaskum, and Towns of Addison, Barton, Erin, Farmington, Germantown, Hartford, Kewaskum, Polk, Trenton, and Wayne developed a countywide survey to gather opinions on various issues regarding the nine elements and fourteen goals of comprehensive planning.

The survey was a random sample telephone survey developed by the comprehensive planning advisory committee with the assistance of a consultant and the comprehensive planning element workgroups. The random sample constituted a sample population of County residents selected randomly and considered statistically significant, meaning that the results are very likely to represent the views of the entire County population.

This survey asked questions regarding such issues as housing, transportation, land use, economic development, agriculture, natural resources, cultural resources, utilities, and community facilities. The results of this survey will guide the comprehensive planning advisory committee and element workgroups in crafting a comprehensive plan.

The survey was conducted in February, 2006.

Click the links below to view survey results.


Preliminary Draft of Chapter X - Housing Element of the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035

(Disclaimer: These documents are preliminary drafts and revisions may still be made by the Comprehensive Plan Committees.)

Draft Chapter XIII - Economic Development Element

Tables
Tables 1-13

Maps
Maps 1-2


The purpose of this workgroup was to focus on the development of the Utilities and Community Facilities Element, Economic Development Element, and Housing Element. Responsibilities included:

  • Analyzing and reviewing trends, inventories, and forecasts pertaining to utilities, community facilities, economic development, and housing issues.
  • Developing preliminary recommendations for the Utilities and Community Facilities Element, Economic Development Element, and Housing Element.

Presentations

Helpful Information Resource Links

Housing, Utilities and Community Facilities, and Economic Development Elements Workgroup Members (2008)

Chris Kuehn, Chairperson - Town of Wayne
Joseph Gonnering, Vice Chairperson - County Board Supervisor - Town of Trenton
James Arens Jr. - Town of Germantown
Brad Bautz - Town of Erin
Carol Biersach - Director, Slinger Housing Authority
Jack Caldwell - Washington County Economic Development Corporation
Claire Fowler - Town of Erin Citizen
Jerry Gilles - Village of Kewaskum
Andy Gumm - EDAC & Utility
Mike Heili - Village of Newburg
Ken Heins - Applied Manufacturing Cluster Council Representative
Allen Hron - Town of Kewaskum
Dave Kainz - Town of Hartford
Gary Karnitz - Town of Addison
Theodore Merten - Town of Polk
James Nowakowski - Village of Germantown Citizen
Kori Schneider - Fair Housing Council
Gary Schreiber - Town of Farmington
Brian Dasher - School District Representative
Richard Bertram - County Board Supervisor - Town of Barton
Kris Turner - Town of Barton
Michael Komro - Town of Trenton
Bruce Wilk - WOW - Workforce Development Board


Preliminary Draft of Chapter XV - Implementation Element of the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035

(Disclaimer: These documents are preliminary drafts and revisions may still be made by the Comprehensive Plan Committees.)

Draft Chapter XV - Implementation Chapter

Tables
Tables 1-7


Preliminary Draft of Chapter XIV - Intergovernmental Cooperation Element of the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035

(Disclaimer: These documents are preliminary drafts and revisions may still be made by the Comprehensive Plan Committees.)

Maps
Map XIV-1
Map XIV-2
Map XIV-3
The resolution of this map was altered to facilitate inclusion on this web page. Contact the Planning and Parks Department for a full resolution copy.
Map XIV-4
Map XIV-5
Map XIV-6
Map XIV-7
Map XIV-8
Map XIV-9
Map XIV-10
Map XIV-11
Map XIV-12
Map XIV-13
Map XIV-14
Map XIV-15
Map XIV-16
Map XIV-17
Map XIV-18

reliminary Draft of Chapter IX - Land Use Element of the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035

(Disclaimer: These documents are preliminary drafts and revisions may still be made by the Comprehensive Plan Committees.)

Draft Chapter IX - Land Use Element

Tables
Tables 1-6

Maps
Maps 1-5

Figures
Figures 1-2


LUT Workgroup Page The purpose of this workgroup was to focus on the development of the land use element and transportation element. Responsibilities included:

  • Analyzing and reviewing trends, inventories, and forecasts pertaining to land use and transportation issues.
  • Developing preliminary recommendations for the Land Use Element and Transportation Element.

Presentations

Land Use and Transportation Elements Workgroup Members (2008)

Jerry Priesgen, Chairperson - West Bend Area Builders Association
John Stern, Vice-Chairperson - County Board Supervisor, PCPC
Dennis Panicucci - Town of Hartford
Margaret Burlingham - Rock River Coalition
Tom Calenberg - Applied Manufacturing Cluster Council
Dan DeThorne - City of West Bend Citizen
Ed Doerr - Town of Trenton
Mike Dricken - Town of Barton
Dan Wolf - Town of Addison
Eric Gilbert - Nonmetallic Mining Representative
Vicki Heideman - Town of Kewaskum
Susan Touchett - Village of Richfield Citizen
Barb Kohler - Town of Erin
Paul Metz - Town of Germantown
Tom Nelson - West Bend Trailblazers
Mark Peters - Town of Polk
Mark Pamperin - Town of Wayne
Art Seyfert - Town of Farmington
Jeff Walters - Washington County Board of Realtors
Michael Heili - Village of Newburg
Charlene Brady - County Board Supervisor, PCPC
Frank Beesten - Village of Kewaskum


MJ Advisory Comm. Page_2010

The purpose of the Advisory Committee was to oversee activities necessary to develop and implement a comprehensive plan as defined in Section 66.1001, Wis. Stats. Responsibilities included:

  • Overseeing the work of the three element workgroups and maintaining timeliness of major planning milestones.
  • Implementation of the public participation plan and work program.
  • Developing issues and opportunities element, intergovernmental cooperation element, and implementation element.
  • Monitoring the plan for consistency among communities, and guiding comprehensive plan implementation, including introduction of required resolutions and ordinance amendments.

Helpful Information Resource Links

Presentations

Multi-Jurisdictional Advisory Committee Members (2008)

Mathew Heiser, Chairperson - Village of Kewaskum
Ron Heinen, Vice-Chairperson - Town of Barton
Brian Bausch - County Board Supervisor
Brad Bautz - Town of Erin
Mike Becker - Farm Bureau
Phil Beitz - Village of Newburg Citizen
Jim Bennett - Town of Hartford
David Baldus - Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources Workgroup Chairperson
Ellis Kahn - Town of Kewaskum
Ralph Eisenman - Town of Farmington
Ann Enright - Washington Board of Realtors
Shawn Graff - Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
Ron Hefter - Town of Addison
Willard Heppe - Town of Polk
Chris Kuehn - Housing, Utilities and Community Facilities and Economic Development
  Workgroup Chairperson
Jerry Priesgen - Land Use and Transportation Workgroup Chairperson
Dave Johnson - Nonmetallic Mining Representative
Scott Mathie - Metropolitan Builders Association
Paul Metz - Town of Germantown
Barb Renkas - City of West Bend Citizen
John Schultz - Town of Trenton Citizen
John Wald - Department of Natural Resources
Daniel Knodl - County Board Supervisor, PCPC
Michael Heili - Village of Newburg
Ed Doerr - Town of Trenton
Leander Herriges - Town of Wayne
David Nixon - UWWC


Public Comment Information

Comprehensive planning provides a blueprint for the future. Your talents, energy, ideas, and participation are needed to help craft a plan for Washington County's future. For more information about the comprehensive planning process, contact the Washington County Planning and Parks Department at 262-335-4445 or email: webplan@co.washington.wi.us

Current Public Comment Opportunities

April 15, 2008 - County Board Considers Comprehensive Plan for Adoption

Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan Open House and Informational Workshop

Washington County hosted a Comprehensive Planning Open House and Informational Workshop on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Moraine Park Technical College(AMTC)between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Seventy people attended. This event provided citizens with an opportunity to view existing element inventory information. Goals that have been created for each element through the plan design year of 2035, along with top programs to implement the goals, were also on display for the public to view and provide comment on. Existing and future land use information was also on display. A presentation regarding the comprehensive plan was held at 6:30 p.m.

Comprehensive Planning Presentation

Washington County Smart Growth Interactive Visioning Workshop

Washington County hosted a Comprehensive Smart Growth Interactive Visioning Workshop on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at Moraine Park Technical College between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. The workshop provided several opportunities for citizens to learn about the Countywide Comprehensive Plan draft inventory chapters and provided opportunities to express their vision of the future. The workshop was conducted in an open house format, where participants could choose when to attend and which activities to complete.

There were a total of five stations where participants had opportunities to gather information and learn about the Smart Growth Plan and to participate in hands-on visioning activities. Activities included: mapping future land use through the use of Geographic Information System software, surveying preferred types of development through a slideshow format, evaluating Washington County's existing land use goals, writing a visioning statement for Washington County, and sharing opinions about Smart Growth elements and goals. A presentation of the draft inventory chapters was conducted at 6:00 p.m.

Thirty-four residents from Washington County attended the workshop. The overall feedback regarding the workshop was very positive. There will be another public participation opportunity for Washington County in early 2008 to review the recommendations of The Washington County Comprehensive Plan.

Thank you to all who attended the workshop. Your opinion is valued and the results from the workshop will be forwarded to local government officials and workgroups to be considered during future decision-making processes. We will see you in 2008!

These results are not a valid representation of the total population of Washington County.

Visioning Workshop Results

Countywide Survey February 2006

On December 7, 2005, Washington County held a Kickoff meeting to inform citizens about the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Planning process, timeline, and State law requirements. In addition, citizens had the opportunity to participate in a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (S.W.O.T.) workshop where they were able to share their opinions/perceptions about the County.

Click the link below to view detailed information regarding the results of this kickoff meeting.

S.W.O.T. Results

Information Materials

Smart Growth Informational Posters

Full size posters are available below.



Comprehensive Planning Newsletters

From 2003 to 2006, Washington County citizens were notified of every step of the comprehensive planning
process through the Comprehensive Planning Newsletter. In 2006, the Comprehensive Planning Newsletter was combined with the Land & Water
Conservation Division Newsletter and became the Planning & Parks Department Newsletter.To view
Planning & Parks Department newsletters published since 2006, please visit the Planning & Parks Department homepage.



Washington County and all 11 local government partners have adopted the Public Participation Plan by resolution.

The public participation plan seeks to:

  • Enhance public awareness of the planning effort and its importance
  • Educate citizens about trends
  • Provide opportunities for citizens to help identify key community issues
  • Develop a vision for the future of Washington County
  • Detail specific County wide public outreach efforts
  • Describe the local outreach efforts that will take place to learn about the needs and desires of local communities
  • Outline the responsibilities and costs to each partner
  • Provide a description of the public participation methods
  • Meet all of the requirements as outlined in 66.1001(4)(a) of the Wis. Stats

The Comprehensive Planning Law
requires public participation
at every stage of the
Comprehensive Planning Process.

The Washington County
Multi-Jurisdictional Public Participation Plan
includes 6 main activities:

  1. County wide random telephone survey.
  2. Kickoff/SWOT workshop meeting will be held to inform residents of the comprehensive planning process and law requirements and gather the public's perceptions of their community and County through a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats workshop. One meeting will be conducted countywide and one conducted for each participating municipality.
  3. Information/Visioning sessions will be held countywide and for each participating municipality. These sessions will provide information regarding inventory, forecasts, surveys and focus groups results and provide residents with the opportunity in defining a vision for the future of Washington County and each participating municipality.
  4. An open house and informational/input meeting will be held to review the draft plan. One meeting will be conducted countywide and one conducted for each participating municipality.
  5. A public hearing will be scheduled for Washington County and each partnering municipality prior to plan adoption.
  6. Quarterly or semi annual intergovernmental meetings with local communities to discuss issues of mutual concern. (Throughout 3 year planning process)


The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) awarded a joint comprehensive planning (smart growth) grant of $280,000 to Washington County for the development of a multi-jurisdictional plan. Washington County scored an 85.87, ranking 3rd out of 26 applicants and is one of six that received a grant. The DOA grant program provides $2 million annually to help local communities develop comprehensive plans.

Washington County, in partnership with:

  • Town of Addison
  • Town of Barton
  • Town of Erin
  • Town of Farmington
  • Town of Germantown
  • Town of Hartford
  • Town of Kewaskum
  • Town of Polk
  • Town of Trenton
  • Town of Wayne
  • Village of Kewaskum

These municipalities formally agreed to work together in a single planning effort to develop a multi-jurisdictional comprehensive (smart growth) plan that fulfills the requirements of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Planning Law enacted in 1999. All municipalities and the County were required to adopt a plan by January 1, 2010 including recommendations for housing, transportation, utilities and community facilities, agricultural, natural and cultural resources, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation, and land use.


Preliminary Draft of Chapter XVI - Summary of the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035

(Disclaimer: These documents are preliminary drafts and revisions may still be made by the Comprehensive Plan Committees.)

Draft Chapter XVI - Summary Chapter


Washington County Comprehensive Planning Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Advisory to the Planning, Conservation and Parks Committee, the Comprehensive Planning Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members were County Board supervisors and staff from related committees and departments. The TAC reviewed the preliminary draft chapters of the Washington County Comprehensive Plan.

Committee Member Representing
Supervisor David Radermacher - Chairperson Health & Aging Committee
Supervisor Larry Hoffmann - Vice Chairperson Transit Committee
Supervisor James Schwartz Local Emergency Planning
Vacant Land Info. Advisory Committee
Ken Pesch Highway Department
Linda Olson Office on Aging
Linda Walter Health Department

Preliminary Draft of Chapter XI - Transportation Element of the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035

(Disclaimer: These documents are preliminary drafts and revisions may still be made by the Comprehensive Plan Committees.)

Draft Chapter XI - Transportation Element

Tables
Table XI-1

Maps
Maps XI 1-4


Washington County and all 11 local government partners adopted the Work Program by resolution.

The Work Program defined how the County and partnering communities would work together to complete their comprehensive plans.

The work program:

  • Defines the relationships between partnering communities
  • Outlines major work elements
  • Identifies the responsibilities of each partner
  • Provides a time line for completing the plans
  • Delineates the committee structure
  • Describes the costs for each partner