Planning & Parks Department

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." Our staff will continue to conduct business remotely.

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Our Mission
The public is provided with recreational benefits, environmental protection and
increased awareness, compliance with regulations, vibrant local economy, sensible
growth and an improved quality of life in Washington County.

2018 Spring/Summer - e newsletter (pdf)

2017 Fall/Winter - e newsletter (pdf)

2017 Spring/Summer - e newsletter (pdf)

2016 Fall/Winter - e newsletter (pdf)

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The following Divisions make up the Department:

County Engineer & Surveyor
  • Perpetuate all Public Land Survey Systems (PLSS) Monuments within Washington County
  • Administer regulations aimed to provide proper reclamation of nonmetallic mining sites
  • Provide technical assistance to all county departments
  • Perform bridge inspections for all county and local units of government

Geographic Information Systems
  • Manages the County Geographic Information System
  • Creates and maintains spatial databases (Parcels, roads, PLSS monuments, etc.)
  • Provides improved data analysis and reporting tools to all departments

Golf and Park
  • Oversees the operations and planning for the Washington County Golf Course designed by Arthur Hills
  • Maintains a championship 18 hole golf course and practice center
  • Clubhouse provides quality merchandise and a full service deli
  • Provide golf tournaments, outings and golf lessons
  • Oversees the operations for the County Park system
  • Provides snow plowing and grounds maintenance for County properties
  • Provides and maintains 21 reservable park shelters
  • Manages park planning and construction

Land and Water Conservation
  • Conduct resource inventories and develop resource management recommendations and plans
  • Administer regulations aimed to prevent water pollution from construction site erosion, urban stormwater runoff and manure storage facilities
  • Provide technical assistance and cost sharing for the installation of a wide variety of conservation practices
  • Conduct information and educational programs

Land Use
  • Administers County shoreland, wetland, and flood-plain zoning ordinance
  • Administers Sanitary System Maintenance program and Wisconsin Fund
  • Oversees subdivision plat review

  • Lead Planner for Multi-Jurisdictional (Smart Growth) Plan
  • Principle planner for long-range planning programs
  • Recommends strategies and programs to promote responsible growth and development of the County and its communities
  • Compiles and analyzes information and statistical data for County departments and the Public

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