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Planning Division

As we all are navigating the challenges presented by COVID-19, and to protect the health of County employees, the public and residents, Washington County has moved to a "virtual campus." The staff in the Planning Division will continue to conduct business remotely.

For assistance regarding questions, issues or projects, please contact:

Deb Sielski

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.

On June 12, 2019, the Washington County Board of Supervisors adopted the Bikeway and Trail Network Plan for Washington County!

Section 66.1001(2)(i) of the State's comprehensive planning law requires that comprehensive plans be updated no less than once every 10 years. Plan updates are considered plan amendments. Washington County entered into a contract with SEWRPC in mid-2016 to update the Multi-Jurisdictional Plan adopted by the County Board in 2008, which serves as the County's Comprehensive Plan.

Public Participation Plan for Amending the County Comprehensive Plan

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Adopted April 10,2019-A Multi-jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2050

Executive Summary-A Multi-jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan for Washington County: 2050

A Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee was established by the Public Works Committee to guide preparation of this plan update. The Advisory Committee is comprised of one representative from each local government partner, two members of the County Board, interest group representatives, and one citizen member.

Robert Bingen Town of Addison Chairperson
Steve Wendelborn Town of Barton
Tammy Kennedy Town of Erin
Duane Wollner Town of Farmington Supervisor
Paul Metz Town of Germantown Chairperson
Maurice Strupp Town of Hartford Chairperson
Sandy Pasbrig Town of Kewaskum Plan Commission Member
Albert Schulteis Town of Polk Chairperson
Dennis Kay Town of Trenton
Mike Saman Town of Wayne Supervisor
Matt Heiser Village of Kewaskum Administrator
Paul Huettl Town of Jackson Supervisor
Mike Heili Village of Newburg
Julie Gabelmann Washington County Econ. Dev. Corp.
Donald Kriefall County Board Supervisor
Mike Parsons County Board Supervisor
Justin P. Webb Citizen Member
Peter Muth Farm Bureau
John Capelle Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust
Dave Johnson Non-Metallic Mining Representative
Robert Wessberg Department of Natural Resources
Roger Walsh Big Cedar Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District
Katrina Hanson Real Estate Community Member
John Walther Village of Jackson Administrator

ADOPTED Washington County Bikeway and Trail Network Plan (June 2019)

Executive Summary  - Washington County Bikeway and Trail Network Plan   (June 2019)

The Plan as a Guide (November 2019)

STORYMAP - Bikeway and Trail Network Plan

Biking on the Eisenbahn Trail is a favorite activity on a sunny day

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced the award of the 2016-2020 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) to the Washington County Planning and Parks Department for the development of a Bike & Pedestrian Plan for Washington County. The Plan is being developed in an effort to increase opportunities for non-motorized vehicle transportation. The Plan will make recommendations to develop a countywide network of trails and routes as alternate modes of transportation that can be integrated into a user's daily routine. The Plan will focus on creating trails and routes that provide accessibility to essential services, such as schools, commercial centers and major employment centers as well as creating a trail network that provides varied recreational opportunities that are enjoyable for all residents.

The Plan will promote recommendations for policies, programs and ordinances that will support development of a safe and accessible network of trails which encourage active lifestyles in a way that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable for all users which considering connections between existing trails throughout the County and in adjoining counties. By providing connections to existing trails, Washington County residents will have access to a greater variety of opportunities and destinations.

The County has contracted with Toole Design Group and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to assist with the development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. 

Project Management Team
Deb Sielski Deputy Planning & Parks Administrator
Sydney Swan Planning & Parks
Kit Keller Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Sonia Dubielzig Haeckel Toole Design Group
Joe Delmagori SEWRPC
Chris Hiebert SEWRPC

Advisory Committee

It is anticipated that work on the Plan will commence in July 2018 and be completed by April 2019. An Advisory Committee is currently being formed to oversee the planning process with representatives from local governments, businesses, citizens, organizations, and State agencies. The Advisory Committee will be actively involved in the planning process, leading to greater understanding, involvement, and implementation of the countywide network of trails. It is anticipated that the Advisory Committee will have five meetings:

  • Meeting 2 September 12th 2018 - Review of existing conditions, opportunities, challenges and needs
  • Meeting 3 October 29th 2018 - Review of draft program, policy, and facility recommendations, and discussion of prioritization approach
  • Meeting 4 - Review of draft plan (focused on prioritization)
  • Meeting 5 - Review the final draft plan 

Advisory Committee Members
Dave Hanrahan  Bike Friendly West Bend
 Willie Karidis  Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
 Jessi Balcom  Village of Slinger
 Rich Ramsey  Pedal Moraine Cycle and Fitness
 Larry Ratayczak  Village of Germantown
 Rich Goeckner  Village of Newburg
 Al Schulties  Town of Polk
 Dave Rodd  West Bend Joint School District
 Jim Heipp  Town of West Bend
 Jason Schall  City of Hartford
 Chris Elbe  Town of Farmington
 Richard Bertram  Town of Barton
 Max Marecha  City of West Bend
 Joseph Gonnering  Town of Trenton
 Matt Heiser  Village of Kewaskum
 Daniel Zignego  Town of Erin
 Jennifer Keller  Village of Richfield
 Amy Maurer  Froedtert
 Roger Kist  Washington County
 Elaine Motl  Visit Washington County
 Corey Foerster  Alcore Bike Club
 Marcy Bishop  Town of Jackson
 Jennifer L. Guslick  Town of Germantown

Public Engagement

There will be two community outreach meetings.

A Plan Kickoff Workshop will be scheduled for August 2018 and will offer participants an opportunity to provide input in a workshop-style format. The Workshop will provide opportunities to:

  • Gauge residents' preference for different types of bicycle and pedestrian facilities 
  • Provide input on factors that impact a person's choice to walk or bicycle for a trip
  • Identify opportunities, challenges and needs for bicycling in the County
  • Define prioritization criteria for potential bicycle and pedestrian projects

A Public Open House will be scheduled for January 2019 and will allow participants to:

  • Review and provide comment on recommended bicycle and pedestrian routes and facilities; and
  • Provide comment on overall draft Plan and recommendations.
  • The Open House will include a brief presentation about the Draft Plan. 

There will also be numerous public engagement opportunities throughout the planning process at events and through an interactive web-based map. More information on ways to be involved in the process will be made available online and announced through social media. To sign up for plan updates or to provide comments on the plan itself please contact us via email.

For more information please contact Debora Sielski at 262-335-4445.

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Washington County Site Redevelopment Program


The Washington County Site Redevelopment Program (SRP) continues to show success over the past five years in spurring successful redevelopment projects, resulting in millions of dollars in leveraged funds. This program continues to provide our County and its communities with a wide range benefits including increased tax base, increased employment opportunities, assessment of hazardous and petroleum contaminated brownfield sites and reuse/redevelopment opportunity analysis.

This success is due in part to the collaborative nature of the program. Coalition Partners, which include the cities of Hartford and West Bend, the Villages of Germantown, Jackson, Kewaskum, Richfield, and Slinger and Washington County work together to share resources and direct US EPA funds where they are most needed. The SRP's Project Management Team (PMT), which includes experts in environmental remediation, economic development, and redevelopment/reuse planning, helps the Site Redevelopment Committee (SRC) prioritize projects and make judicious use of the funds.

US EPA Region 5 took notice of the success of the Site Redevelopment Program (SRP), recognizing the SRP, Washington County and the City of West Bend for 'Outstanding Contributions in Brownfields Redevelopment' at the National Brownfields Conference for the Barton School Apartment Redevelopment.

Commonwealth Companies, City of West Bend,
and Washington County officials with the EPA award.

"The Washington County Site Redevelopment Program serves as an excellent model of collaboration for brownfield projects. By forming a coalition of local communities, the SRP has been able to assess and redevelop troubled properties much quicker than any one community could likely do alone. There's strength in numbers and the SRP has certainly taken advantage of that approach. After witnessing their work firsthand it's no surprise why the SRP is the recipient of multiple EPA brownfield grants."

- Brian Kennedy, US EPA Brownfields Project Manager

In 2017, the Program was recognized by the American Planning Association-Wisconsin Chapter with the "Planning Excellence" Award.

Fact Sheets


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 a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Brownfield Coalition Assessment Grant for Hazardous Substance and Petroleum Brownfields. On May 28, 2014 Washington County received a $600,000 grant. The grant funds were used to complete a county-wide inventory and prioritization of sites that have redevelopment potential, and perform Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments on priority sites.

In 2017, the US EPA announced that Washington County was successful in securing a second Countywide Coalition Brownfield Assessment Grant totaling $600,000 to fund an update of the inventory and site prioritization, perform Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments on priority sites, complete remedial action plans and redevelopment plans for select sites, and perform community outreach and education.

In 2019, the Village of Germantown and the Village of Kewaskum joined the coalition in applying for FY 2020 Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund grants.

The successes of the Program are directly related to the work that is contributed bythepartners who are involved. Site redevelopment collaboration partners consist of local governments and organizations such asEconomic Development Washington County, Wisconsin DNR, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.


A County-wide inventory of potential redevelopment sites was conducted in 2015:

Health Impact of Brownfields

In 2017, the County partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health and a Masters of Public Health Candidate who provided a report on the health impact of Brownfields making a case for reclaiming brownfield sites.

Economic Development Washington County

Project Reports
The following environmental assessments, site investigations and redevelopment plans were funded by US EPA grants through the Site Redevelopment Program.

Village of Richfield

Village ofJackson

Village of Slinger

Townof West Bend

Site Redevelopment Steering Committee (SRC)

In an effort to effectively redevelop and revitalize selected sites throughout the County, a Site Redevelopment Steering Committee was formed to provide input into the grant application and implementation of the grant. SRC members include:
Ray Heidtke SRC Chair/Town of Jackson Chairperson
Frank Carr County Board Supervisor
Mark Piotrowicz City Planner - 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 Administrator - Village of Richfield
John Walther Administrator - Village of Jackson
William Symicek County Board Supervisor
Matt Heiser Administrator - Village of Kewaskum
Steve Kreklow Administrator - Village of Germantown

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.

Appendix P - Dispute Resolution Rules and Bylaws

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

Economic Development Survey 2004

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.

Eisenbahn State Trail User Survey Report (Phases 1 & 2) (pdf-9.11 MB)

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.

Farmland and Open Space Report Chapters

Cover Pages

Table of Contents


Chapter I Introduction
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
Chapter VIII Summary



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
O Measure 37
UW Extension - Public Participation Methods
Q Resources

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

Support Staff

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.

As required by law, the Washington County's updated Farmland Preservation Plan must be adopted by the Washington County Board of Supervisors and certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Click the links below to view final draft plan chapters.

Chapter Number Title
Cover, Title Pages, and Table of Contents
I. Introduction and Background
II. Population, Housing, and Employment Trends and Projections
III. Existing Recommendations for Farmland Preservation in Washington County
IV. Inventory of Agricultural Resources
V. Trends, Needs, or Plans that May Affect Farmland Preservation
VI. Preserving and Supporting Farmland Preservation
VII. Issue Identification, Farmland Preservation Areas and Recommendations
VIII. Implementation
Attachments A-H

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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

Farmland Preservation Survey

Farmland Preservation Survey

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.
Complete survey results can be found below. Each town and village was tabulated individually as well. Below are links to the summaries for each rural town or village. Each file is PDF.




Other Resources

Comprehensive Plan Chapters

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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Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Planning Process 2014 Washington County and the following 11 municipalities formally agreed to work together in a single planning effort to develop a multi-jurisdictional comprehensive (smart growth) plan and local plans that fulfill the requirements of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Planning Law enacted in 1999.

Comprehensive Planning LinksLocal Government Partners
Comprehensive Plan Chapters Town of Addison
Comprehensive Plan Summary Town of Barton
Preliminary Chapter Approvals Town of Erin
County Wide Survey Town of Farmington
Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources Workgroup Town of Germantown
Land Use and Transportation Workgroup Town of Hartford
Multi-Jurisdictional Advisory Committee Town of Kewaskum
Public Comment Information Town of Polk
Public Participation Plan Town of Trenton
State Grant Awards Town of Wayne
State Law Requirements Village of Kewaskum
Work Program
Housing,Utilities,and Economic Development Workgroup

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
The first meeting of the Washington County planning process was the Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee held on July 27, 2005.

See related links below.

2004 Workgroup

Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources Workgroup

Countywide Survey

Housing, Utilities and Community Facilities and Economic Development Element Workgroup

Land Use and Transportation Element Workgroup

Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee

Preliminary Chapter Approvals

Public Comment Information

Public Participation Plan

State Grant Awards

State Law Requirements

Technical Advisory Committee

Work Program

January 2020 Draft Park and Open Space Plan

Public Outreach Summary Documents

The Washington County Planning and Parks Department has begun the planning process for updating the Washington County Park and Open Space Plan. A seven member advisory commission, guiding the progress of the plan update, consists of representatives of local governments, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Metropolitan Builders Assn.

Washington County Park and Open Space Plan Technical Advisory Commission (POSPTAC) Members

Mathew Heiser - Chair Village Administrator, Village of Kewaskum
Don Kreifall County Board Chairperson
Mike Hermann City of Hartford Park & Recreation Director
Kelly Valentino - Vice Chair Village of Jackson
Bill Zach Metropolitan Builders Assoc.
Robert Wessberg - DNR Pike Lake State Forest, Forest Supt.
Cindy Leinss City of West Bend

The updated plan will identify long-term needs for park and open space acquisition and development and proposes recommendations to satisfy those needs extending to the year 2035. The current 2020 plan was adopted by the Washington County Board of Supervisors on March 9, 2004. The 2035 plan will also allow the County to remain eligible to apply for State and Federal park grants.

Public Outreach Summary Documents 

The acquisition and development of parks and recreational facilities in Washington County provide a variety of private and public benefits to all residents. The cost of park acquisition and development is an investment in the future well being of individuals and contributes to the viability of communities in Washington County. Park and Open Space sites have a number of important individual, community, environmental and economic benefits.


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For more information regarding this plan, please contact Debora M. Sielski,
Deputy Administrator, Washington County Planning and Parks Department

The Southern Housing Region has a Community Housing Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation. The funds will be loaned at 0% interest to eligible households for home repairs. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no cost to fill out an application and all information submitted is strictly confidential.

Funds are available for the following types of projects:

These funds will be lent to eligible households for home repairs. The loan is a 0% interest, deferred payment loan - you do not pay it back until you sell the house or no longer live there. After 30 years, your loan will be reviewed with the possibility of extending it for another 30 years.

Loans are available to assist with purchasing a home. The loan is a 0% interest, deferred payment loan - you do not pay it back until you sell the house or no longer live there. After 30 years, your loan will be reviewed with the possibility of extending it another 30 years. Funds can assist you with down payment and closing costs. There will also be funds available to make repairs to the home that you purchase.

Installment loans are available for landlords who rent to tenants that are low to moderate income. The loan is a 0% interest loan.

For more details, contact:
Kari Justmann, MSA Professional Services
Telephone: 1-800-552-6330

Funds are limited! Apply Today!


Home Purchaser Form

Owner Occupied Application Form

Renter Occupied Application Form