The City Plan Commission is created under Wisconsin Statutes with comprehensive planning authority, zoning powers and subdivision regulation jurisdiction. All land use decisions must be in conformance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan adopted in January 2003 and amended several times since.
Comprehensive planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development. The outcome of comprehensive planning is the Comprehensive Plan which dictates public policy in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing.
The Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for the City Plan Commission, Common Council, and other City officials as they make decisions about the long term growth and improvement of the community. The plan has a twenty year horizon.
The Comprehensive Plan covers a variety of topics, including: Housing, Economic Development, Land Use, Transportation, Community Facilities, and Natural Resources. The plan does not provide a detailed design for every parcel, but rather establishes a general policy for future community change. More specifically, it provides a foundation for decisions on public programs and activities such as: land use, growth and annexation, parks, economic development, public utilities, streets, downtown revitalization, various neighborhood improvements, and zoning. The private sector also uses the plan as a guide for investing in the community.