comprehensive planning

Comprehensive planning provides local governments with a guide to community physical, social, and economic development. Comprehensive plans provide a rational basis for local land use decisions with a 20-year vision for future planning and community decisions. The Wisconsin Comprehensive Planning Law requires public participation at the local level in deciding a vision for the community's future. The uniqueness of individual comprehensive plans reflects community-specific and locally driven planning processes.

A comprehensive plan must include all of the nine elements listed below as defined by the Comprehensive Planning Law (s. 66.1001). Local governments, however may choose to include additional elements, based on specific needs and desires.

  • Issues and Opportunities
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Utilities and Community Facilities
  • Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Intergovernmental Cooperation
  • Land Use
  • Implementation

A central aspect of implementing a comprehensive plan is exercising land use regulation authorities. According to s. 66.1001, beginning on January 1, 2010, if a town, village, city, or county enacts or amends an official mapping, subdivision, or zoning ordinance, the enactment or amendment ordinance must be consistent with that community's comprehensive plan.

Comprehensive plans must be updated no less than once every 10 years according to s. 66.1001(2)(i).


recently completed plans

Cover - City of Marinette Comprenhensive Plan.JPG

City of Marinette
November 2021
Final Document
Story Map

Cover - Cedar Grove Comprehensive Plan.JPG

Village of Cedar Grove, Sheboygan County
November 2021
Final Document

Cover - Florence County Comprehensive Plan.JPG

Florence County
November 2020
Final Document

Cover - City of Gillett Comprehensive Plan.JPG

City of Gillett, Oconto County
September, 2020
Final Document

Cover - Manitowoc County Comprehensive Plan.JPG

Manitowoc County
August, 2020
Final Document
Story Map

Cover - Sevastopol Comprehensive Plan Update.JPG

Town of Sevastopol, Door County
November, 2019
Final Document
Story Map

Cover - Pittsfield Comprehensive Plan Update.JPG

Town of Pittsfield, Brown County
November, 2019
Final Document
Poster Side 1
Poster Side 2

Cover - Cleveland Comprehensive Plan Update.JPG

Village of Cleveland, Manitowoc County
September, 2019
Final Document


For more information on the Commission's comprehensive planning services, please contact:

Brandon Robinson, Assistant Director
Phone: (920) 448-2820, Ext. 105
Email: brobinson@baylakerpc.org