Winter/Spring 2018 Planning and Land Use Programs

Planning and Land Use Lunch & Learn Series

Once Monthly February-May, 10:30am-12:30pm, FREE, Hosted at the Outagamie County UW-Extension Office

This series is made possible by the Local Government Center

The four 90-minute sessions focused on planning and land use topics are moderated by specialists at the Local Government Center in Madison. Join us at a local (remote) listening site for the session and enjoy networking with local colleagues over a brown bag lunch afterward. AICP and CLE credits are available for those who attend. These workshops are FREE to attend if you attend in-person at our remote listening site. If you would like to register to attend remotely from your own workplace, you can register directly through the Local Government Center at a cost of $20/session.

This is a monthly series, feel free to attend one, two or all of the sessions! Sessions are held from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM on the following dates:

February 14     Case Law and Legislative Update      Register Here

Planning law is constantly changing. This program reviews recent court decisions and legislation from the past year affecting planning and land use in Wisconsin including conditional use permits, nonconforming lots, and more. Presented by Brian Ohm, JD, Land Use Law Specialist, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison/Extension

March 14         Tax Increment Financing       Register Here

Tax increment financing is an important planning tool used by many communities in Wisconsin. This program will review how local governments use tax increment financing and explore how communities can evaluate proposals for the use of tax increment financing to ensure they are getting the best deal for the community. Presenters: Daniel Lindstrom, AICP, Planning & Community Development Manager, Vierbicher Associates, Inc.

April 11            Planning for Natural Hazards: Floodplain Zoning       Register Here

The National Flood Insurance Program and Wisconsin DNR Floodplain Management Program aim to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. We will discuss how floodplain management is implemented in Wisconsin and how the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management aids communities in flood disasters. Presented by Michelle J. Staff, CFM, DNR Floodplain Policy Coordinator; Katie Sommers, CFM, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Wisconsin Emergency Management

May 9              Dealing with Conflict in Local Land Decision-Making        Register Here

Although land use planning is often accompanied by conflict, effective, proactive communication between local planning officials and the public can go a long way to minimize conflict. It can also inform the planning process by ensuring that the interests, concerns, and values of the public and other community stakeholders are understood by planners and considered when planning decisions are made. This session will describe several public participation strategies and techniques that support an inclusive and civil planning process. Presented by: Bill Rizzo, Professor, UW-Extension (retired)

Workshop for Local Planning and Zoning Officials

Wednesday, April 18th, 5:15-8:00pm, $25.00, Hosted at Kaukauna Town Hall

This program is made possible by the Center for Land Use Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

This workshop will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of local government officials involved in planning, zoning and land use decision-making. Representatives from local government encouraged to attend include plan commission members; city, village, town and county level elected officials; planning and zoning staff, administrators, and clerks who support local officials; as well as newly appointed or veteran officials looking to network or hone their skills.

The cost to attend is $25.00 per person, which includes printed workshop materials and a meal. Register here or by calling (715) 346-3783. Registration for this event closes on Monday, April 16th.