Section 9: Implementation Element
Town of Wheatland
Vernon County, Wisconsin
Town of Wheatland
Vernon County, Wisconsin
Town of Wheatland Town Clerk - DeSoto, WI 54624
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IMPLEMENTATION ELEMENT


9.1PLANNING CONTEXT

The goal of this planning element is to describe the existing town and county planning implementation tools.  A further goal is to identify those tools which the town can use to assist in implementing the various elements of their Comprehensive Plan.  Since there has not been any formal Comprehensive Planning in this area, there have been few standard implementation tools in place.  Standard implementation tools typically include subdivision ordinances, zoning, and official mapping.  The town contracts for services to administer its one and two family building code which is required by state law.

Implementation measures related to the Comprehensive Plan take on additional importance with respect to the requirement in the §66.1001(3) of the Comprehensive Planning statute which requires that after January 1, 2010, town “actions” related to certain categories of land use must be “consistent” with a Town Comprehensive Plan.


9.2PROGRAMS AND ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT SECTIONS 1 TO 8 PLAN ELEMENTS

Explore the need and feasibility of selective land use ordinances, in cooperation with county government. Such ordinances can address zoning and subdivision standards.

Initiate a program of education and information gathering with the public to initiate a land use ordinance program.


9.3CONSISTENCY AND INTEGRATION OF ALL PLANNING ELEMENTS

All nine of the planning elements in this Comprehensive Plan were developed to be consistent with each other.  Recommendations from various planning elements were integrated into other planning elements where there was a direct relationship.


9.4MECHANISM TO MEASURE PROGRESS TOWARD ACHIEVING ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The mechanisms to measure progress toward achieving all aspects of this Comprehensive Plan include the following:

Appointing a “custodian” of the Comprehensive Plan whose responsibility it would be to monitor where Comprehensive Plan recommendations would be applicable to proposed developments, and advise the Town Board of the relationship of such recommendations to those proposed development.  Such proposed developments include rezoning proposals, conditional use proposal, proposed platting of land, utility extensions, and proposed public and private road locations.  Such custodian would be appointed by the Town Board, with any and all functions to be purely advisory.

Annual assessment by the Town Planning Commission and Town Board to measure progress toward achieving plan recommendations and to identify unexpected changes in trends and to determine areas in the plans needing amendment.

Plan to review and update the Comprehensive Plan at five year intervals or at any other time as needed. 


9.5PLAN UPDATING PROCESS

The Town Plan Commission and Town Board will update its plan every five years, or at any other time if actions or plans are proposed in the Town which are substantially different from or inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan.


9.6IMPLEMENTATION FOLLOW-UP

After the Town adopts the Comprehensive Plan, it will develop an annual priority list of actions to work on.  These actions would relate to the recommendations in the Plan.  The Town may appoint individuals or committees to work on such priorities.  Any recommendations related to such priority work items would be brought to the Town Board for their review and final decisions.

After the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan, or as a part of the plan adoption process, the Town Board will appoint a custodian of the Plan.  This custodian may be an individual or group, typically the Plan Commission, whose responsibility will be to keep the Comprehensive Plan before the Town Board when development decisions are required by the Town.  This function could also take place regarding decisions by other units of government or others which would affect the town.  The function of the plan custodian would be advisory and instructive.  One of the functions of the custodian would be to describe the “consistency” between town land use actions and the Comprehensive Plan.  Typically, such actions would involve land development matters.



Town of Wheatland Comprehensive Plan

Section 9:  Implementation Elementation