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The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (Bay-Lake RPC) is a
multi-service entity within Wisconsin that delivers a variety of
federal, state, and local programs. The Bay-Lake RPC is a public
entity established similar to a municipality. We provide planning
and technical assistance to member local governments in Northeast
Wisconsin. As such, we are accountable to our local government
members, and serve as effective partners for state and federal
The Commission was created in 1972 by Governor Lucey at the
request of seven county boards in the region under Wisconsin
Statutes s. 66.945 (re-titled 66.0309) as the official area-wide
planning agency for northeastern Wisconsin. In December 1973,
Florence County joined the Commission, bringing the total number of
member counties to eight. Section 66.0309 (8) (2) prescribes that
the function of the regional planning commission shall be solely
advisory to the local governments and local government officials
comprising the region.
The Bay-Lake Region covers the counties of:
Which includes 185 units of government including:
The total area of the region is 5,433 square miles, or 9.7
percent of the area of the State of Wisconsin.
The region has over 400 miles of coastal shoreline along Lake
Michigan and Green Bay, and contains 12 major watershed areas that
drain into the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
The 2010 U.S. Census population of the eight county region was
577,147 persons, or 10.1 percent of the total population of the
State of Wisconsin.
The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission was recognized as a Regional Center of Excellence by the
National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in Washington,
D.C. This recognition has been bestowed on the Commission because
of its environmental corridor work. "We are excited to acknowledge
the achievements of these distinguished regional planning
organizations and provide additional funding to further their
efforts," said NARC President Stephen Cassano, Selectman, Town of
Manchester, CT. "The expertise of these regions in promoting green
infrastructure and Landcare highlights the importance of working
regionally on environmental issues."
Bay-Lake Regional Planning
425 S. Adams Street, Suite 201
Green Bay, WI 54301
P: (920) 448-2820
F: (920) 448-2823
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