The Planning Division serves as principal planner for long-range planning programs such as comprehensive planning, provides professional planning expertise on a variety of land use and natural resource related issues, recommends strategies and programs to promote responsible growth and development of the County and its communities, compiles and analyzes information and statistical data for the public, and assists in park and open space acquisition and development projects.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 28, 2014 that Washington County will receive a Brownfield Assessment Grant totaling $600,000.
In 2013, Washington County formed a coalition with the City of Hartford, City of West Bend, Village of Jackson, Village of Richfield and Village of Slinger to apply for an EPA Brownfield Coalition Assessment Grant for Hazardous Substance and Petroleum Brownfields. The grant funds will be used to complete a community-wide inventory and prioritization of brownfield sites within the County, perform Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments on priority sites, complete remedial action plans for select sites and perform community outreach and education related to brownfields.
Washington County formed a coalition with the Cities of West Bend and Hartford and the Villages of Jackson, Richfield and Slinger to submit an application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for a Coalition Assessment Grant for Hazardous Substance and Petroleum Brownfields as part of the USEPA Fiscal Year 2014 Brownfield Grant Competition requesting an amount of $600,000.
Assessment grants, if awarded, will allow Washington County to establish a detailed inventory of redevelopment sites in the County, conduct a series of Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental assessments and identify risks, if any, for businesses desiring to invest and develop the sites. Funding will be used during a project period of three (3) years.
The US EPA is expected to announce grant awards in spring 2014.
In an effort to effectively redevelop and revitalize brownfield sites throughout the County, a Site Revitalization Steering Committee was formed to provide input into the grant application and implementation of, if awarded, the grant. SRC members include:
|Ray Heidtke||County Board Supervisor/Town of Jackson Chairperson|
|Paul E. Ustruck||County Board Supervisor - Executive Committee member|
|TJ Justice||City Administrator - City of West Bend|
|Justin Drew||City Planner - City of Hartford|
|Jessi Balcolm||Administrator - Village of Slinger|
|Lisa Maylen||Workforce Development Center|
|Curt Pitzen||NAI MLG Commercial|
|Christian Tscheschlok||Executive Director EDWC|
|Jim Healy||Interim Administrator - Village of Richfield|
|John Walther||Administrator - Village of Jackson|
In preparing for the grant application, Coalition partners selected priority sites based on the following Site Selection Criteria:
- The presence of known or suspected environmental contamination - threats to public health
- The redevelopment potential and marketability of the site
- Community goals and the extent to which redevelopment furthers goals
- Quality of life factors (potential to eliminate blight and enhance community livability)
- Environmental justice considerations - disproportionate impact on sensitive or at-risk populations
The initial target areas for funding are five high priority revitalization sites identified by the Coalition as part of an initial inventory and prioritization process completed in 2013. All of the sites are within the oldest portions of each urban area, several with historic development dating to the mid-1800's.
- City of Hartford - WB Place, a 3.8-acre parcel that has been in use as a tannery since the 1840s with 1,300 feet of frontage along the Rubicon River.
- City of West Bend - Former Praefke Brake Manufacturing and O'Conner/Yahr Oil Sites. The Praefke Brake site dates back to the 1920's andhas been vacant for 10 years.
- Village of Jackson - Center Street Redevelopment Area which includes 10 parcels within the historic center of the Village of Jackson.
- Village of Richfield - Historic Highway 175/Village of Richfield Area which includes 12 parcels bordering State Highway 175 and the former railroad right-of-way for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.
- Village of Slinger - Former Niphos Coating Facility which was subject to an emergency removal action by the EPA to address more than 8,800 gallons of hazardous chemicals that were abandoned in the building.
|Meeting Agendas and Minutes|
|Meeting Agendas||October 28, 2013||January 6, 2014|
|Meeting Minutes||October 28, 2013||January 6, 2014|
- Percent Change in population of Wisconsin Counties 2000 to 2004
- Percent Change in population of Wisconsin Counties 1990 to 2000
- Population of Wisconsin Counties
Population Statistics of Washington County
- Percent Change in population of Washington County 2000 to 2004
- Percent Change in population of Washington County 1990 to 2000
- Washington County Historic Population and Projected Population Levels
- Population of Washington County Governments
Housing Statistics of Washington County
- Percent Change in Residential Housing Units of Washington County Governments
- Residential Housing Units of Washington County
Economic Statistics of Washington County
The Intergovernmental Cooperation Element, as described in the Comprehensive Planning Law, requires the identification of existing or potential conflicts between local governmental units and to describe a process to resolve such conflicts.
In 2004, the Washington County Board of Supervisors, in recognizing the importance of intergovernmental cooperation and to continue the cooperation between the county and local municipalities, established a dispute resolution process as a forum to address and resolve conflicts. Interested municipalities would enter into an appropriate intergovernmental agreement to voluntarily participate in this dispute resolution process in an effort to reduce or avoid expenditures of valuable taxpayer dollars.
In the 2004 Resolution 35, the County Board resolved to establish a fair and just quasi-judicial multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution forum to resolve multi-jurisdictional conflicts regarding amendments to adopted comprehensive plans and issues resulting from such adoption. The County Board resolution describes the dispute resolution body consisting of a total of six individuals that would be selected by the disputing parties and would be drawn from a pool of representatives depending on the conflict presented to the body.
The Multi-jurisdictional Advisory Committee was charged with the responsibility of developing the procedures and by-laws to guide the body in its consideration of the issues presented and the decision-making process in which it engages. A Dispute Resolution Forum Subcommittee was established to develop the procedures and by-laws.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors adopted 2007 Resolution 87 authorizing participation in the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Dispute Resolution Panel. "Rules and Bylaws Governing the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Dispute Resolution Panel" was adopted by the Washington County Board of Supervisors on April 15, 2008 as Appendix P of the comprehensive plan.
Dispute Resolution Forum Subcommittee Members (2008)
Matt Heiser, Village of Kewaskum
Jim Bennett, Town of Hartford
Chris Kuehn, Town of Wayne
Brian Bausch, County Board Supervisor
Ron Hefter, Town of Addison
Barb Renkas, City of West Bend
Dan Knodl, County Board Supervisor
Leander Herriges, Town of Wayne
David Nixon, University of Wisconsin - Washington County
Justin Drew, City of Hartford
The purpose of the study is to provide a comprehensive picture of the visions of key stakeholders on the county's economic development landscape in 2003 and follow up on an earlier report completed by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) in 2001. To do so, a series of surveys and focus groups have been conducted of Washington County residents, business representatives, government officials, educational leaders and college students. The study was led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Center for Community partnership who collaborated with professionals from CUIR in administering the surveys.
On July 28, 2008, the Washington County Planning and Parks Department began an eight month two-phase survey of trail users on the Washington County segment of the Eisenbahn State Trail. Phase 1 of the survey was administered throughout August and September and concluded on October 15, 2008. Phase 2 of the survey was administered from October 16, 2008 to March 31, 2009. This final survey report details responses provided by trail users during various seasons throughout the year.
The survey was conducted to identify ways to improve the Eisenbahn State Trail and to assess public opinion regarding future public trails throughout the County. This information will be utilized by the Planning and Parks Department as part of the update to the Park and Open Space Plan for Washington County.
LIST OF CHAPTERS
|Chapter II||Urban Growth, Agriculture Analysis and Open Space Inventory|
|Chapter III||Takings Law
|Chapter IV||Farmland and Open Space Preservation Tools|
|Chapter V||Community Opinion Surveys
|Chapter VI||Funding Strategies and Sources
|Chapter VII|| Implementing Preservation Tools
LIST OF APPENDICES
|Town of Kewaskum - EA Agricultural Preservation District|
|Town of Caledonia - Conservation Subdivision Ordinance|
|C||City of Davis, California - Agricultural Land Mitigation Requirements|
|D||City of Brentwood, California - Agricultural Enterprise Program|
|E||Town of Kewaskum - Lowland Conservancy Overlay District|
|F||Sliding-Scale Zoning Example, Montgomery County|
|G||Agricultural / Rural Residential District|
|H||Town of Dunn - Grant of Conservation Easement and Development Rights|
|I||Town of Dunn - Rural Preservation Program|
|J||PDR Program Examples|
|K||Fulton County, Georgia - Transfer of Development Rights Program|
|L||Town of Richfield - Community Opinion Survey|
|M||Wisconsin State Statutes|
|N||Portland, Oregon UGB - Example of Urban Growth Boundary|
|UW Extension - Public Participation Methods|
Farmland and Open Space Preservation Study (FOSP)
On July 28, 2004, the Washington County Planning, Conservation and Parks Committee requested the Washington County Planning and Parks Department to study various means of preserving farmland and open space in Washington County. In response to the request, a study group, the Farmland and Open Space Study Group was formed. The group is composed of farmers, conservationists, developers, realtors, and local municipal representatives.
The goal is to research and analyze different tools, techniques and funding sources that can be used in Washington County for farmland and open space preservation. The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Study provides detailed information about the tools and techniques that can be used to preserve farmland and open space, their related costs, and potential funding sources. This report does not make recommendations about which tools and techniques should be applied to preserve farmland and open space in Washington County.
Farmland and Open Space Preservation Study Group Members
Daniel Stoffel, Chairperson - Washington County Board Supervisor
Ellen Goeller, Vice Chairperson - Agribusiness Cluster Council
Mike Becker - Farm Bureau
Jim Bennett - Town of Hartford
Ross Bishop - Agribusiness Cluster Council
Angie Curtes - Ozaukee/Washington Land Trust
Ann Enright - County Realtors Association
Therese Gripentrog - Department of Natural Resources
Matt Heiser - Village of Kewaskum
Leander Herriges - Town of Wayne
Mary Krumbiegel - Washington County Board Supervisor
Scott Mathie - Metropolitan Builders Association
Sue Millin - Land Conservation Partnership
Bill Ohm - MS Professional Services, Inc.
Joe Peters - Town of Barton
Bruce Sadowski - Pike Lake Sportsman Club
Debora Sielski - Washington County Planning & Parks Dept. Asst. Administrator for Planning
Blaine Delzer - Washington County Planning & Parks Dept. County Conservationist
Mark Baran - USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Alan Linnebur - Washington County UW-Extension Farm Business Educator
Kevin Struck - Washington County UW-Extension Growth Management Educator
• Farmland & Open Space Preservation Tools Report (see link below)
• Farmland & Open Space Preservation Tools Summary Booklet
For more information about this report, please contact the
Washington County Planning & Parks Department:
Planning Division at 262-335-4445.
(Entire document - File size: 26.7 MB)
A Farmland Preservation Plan for Washington County
(Entire document - File size: 2.25 MB)
Click the links below to view final draft plan chapters.
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Copies of the Farmland Preservation Plan or Executive Summary can also be obtained at the office of the Washington County Planning and Parks Department (333 E. Washington Street) West Bend, WI 53095) or by calling (262) 335-4445.
A Farmland Preservation Plan Advisory Committee (FPPAC) was formed to guide the plan's development. The Washington County Planning and Parks Department invited all local governments to appoint a representative to serve on the committee. The FPP delineates Farmland Preservation Areas (FPAs) throughout Washington County. An FPA is an area that is planned primarily for agriculture use or agriculture-related use. For a landowner to be eligible for tax credits (through farmland preservation zoning or Agricultural Enterprise Areas) or to enter the PACE program, lands must first be located in a Farmland Preservation Area in a certified county farmland preservation plan.
The Farmland Preservation Plan:
- Provides information on the Working Lands Initiative
- Explains the statutory requirements of farmland preservation planning
- Details an inventory of agricultural resources and infrastructure
- Describes the trends that impact farmland preservation
- Highlights ways to preserve farmland and support agriculture
- Identifies farmland preservation areas (FPAs)
- Recommends new and updated County goals, objectives, policies and programs for farmland preservation
Please visit the following links for more information regarding farmland preservation planning in Washington County and the Working Lands Initiative.
Farmland Preservation Focus Group Sessions
The Planning and Parks Department requested UW-Extension to conduct a series of agricultural related focus groups. On January 25, 2011, a focus group study was conducted which consisted of three focus group discussions. The groups consisted of 1) livestock and dairy producers, 2) grain farmers, and 3) niche/organic farmers. The general topic was "How do we make agriculture more sustainable in Washington County?" See the following link for a report of focus group findings:
Focus Group Final Report
As the Planning Division updates the County Farmland Preservation Plan, it requested UW-Extension to develop a survey to seek input from farmers and large landowners. This is critical, because a plan that includes feedback from stakeholders is stronger and more likely to be implemented. The survey was mailed to 1,954 land owners in the County's rural communities. Three hundred forty-four were returned, for a respectable 17% response rate. Key results are summarized below:
- 32% were interested in tax credits for preserving their farmland; 28% were not. Thirty-five percent responded "not sure."
(A follow-up focus group has looked at reasons for lack of interest or certainty.)
- A substantial 78% responded that all or most of the Ag infrastructure they need is close enough to their operation.
- When asked to identify issues hindering their farming activities, respondents chose "traffic" and "loss of prime farmlands" as their two biggest concerns.
- Town of Addison (252KB)
- Town of Barton (255KB)
- Town of Erin (58KB)
- Town of Farmington (58KB)
- Town of Hartford (59KB)
- Town of Jackson (252KB)
- Town of Kewaskum (59KB)
- Town of Polk (253 KB)
- Town of Trenton (58KB)
- Town of Wayne (59KB)
- Town of West Bend (57KB)
- Town and Village of Germantown (combined) (58KB)
- Village of Richfield (58KB)
- Farmland Preservation in Washington County and WLI Fact Sheet
- Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) Analysis (36 MB)
- Agricultural Enterprise Areas (AEAs)
- Farmland Preservation Tax Credits (6.5 MB)
- Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements (PACE)
- Rezoning Conversion Fees (7.03 MB)
- County Farmland Preservation Goals and Programs
- FPP Development Schedule
- History of Farmland Preservation in Washington County
- Future of Farmland Preservation in Washington County
Comprehensive Plan Summary (9.55 MB)Comprehensive Plan Amendment 1 (2013-1) - 12/10/2013 (40 MB)
Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 2 (2013-2) - 12/10/2013 (27 MB)
Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 3 (2014-1) - 04/15/2014 (17 MB)
"A Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035" has been adopted and the published version of the plan is now available.
On April 15, 2008, the Washington County Board of Supervisors adopted the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035. Washington County's Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan provides long-range goals and objectives for Washington County officials and citizens to effectively address future development and natural resource protection in the County through the year 2035. The Plan outlines policies and programs for each of the nine elements as they pertain to County authority and provides suggestions for local governments. The Comprehensive Plan is a living document that will be amended on a regular basis.
The Planning Division of the Washington County Planning and Parks Department held an open house on March 13, 2008 attended by seventy participants. It was a chance for the public to learn about the final draft of the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035. A presentation was given by Deb Sielski and Nancy Anderson summarizing the plan and a question and answer session followed. There was a public hearing held by the Planning, Conservation and Parks Committee(PCPC) on March 31, 2008. The hearing was a chance for members of the public to express their thoughts and concerns regarding the County's Comprehensive Plan. Seventy-nine people attended the public hearing. The PCPC met on April 2,2008 to consider staff recommendations based on the testimony given at the public hearing. By a vote of 4 to 3, the PCPC recommended the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035 to the County Board of Supervisors for adoption by ordinance. On April 15, 2008, the County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 86 approving the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2035 by a vote of 19 to 10. Ordinance 37, adopting the Comprehensive Plan was passed by a vote of
28 to 1.
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The Comprehensive Planning Process consists of the following four committees:
- Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee
- Land Use and Transportation Element Workgroup
- Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources Element Workgroup
- Housing, Utilities and Community Facilities and Economic Development Workgroup