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Agriculture

This publication is intended for local government officials and others interested in investigating the connections between agriculture and land use. Statewide trends for various agricultural sectors are explored together with economic impacts, environmental and human health impacts, and state and local policies to manage agriculture.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Center for Land Use Education. 2005 CropScape data from USDA was multiplied by the 2005 Wisconsin average pesticide use per acre for each crop from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Center for Land Use Education. Data from  the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and 2005 CropScape data from USDA.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

 

Food Systems

  • Winter 2013-14, Land Use Tracker, Volume 13, Issue 3
    • Urban Agriculture in Practice: Riverview Gardens
  • Winter 2012, Land Use Tracker, Volume 12, Issue 3 
    • Regional Food Systems Portal Provides Access to Data, Maps and Resources
    • Addressing Food System through Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans
  • Winter 2007, Land Use Tracker, Volume 7, Issue 3
    • Planning for Food Systems
    • Farming Subdivisions: Problematic or Promising?
    • Community Gardens: For Now or Forever?
    • Can Eating Local "Save the Environment?"
  • See Water section for more information on how food choices affect water quality.
Other Resources:

Forests

          Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
 

Green Infrastructure

This report describes a GIS process for identifying green infrastructure service levels within a community and making comparisons across communities.

Mining

Wisconsin is in the midst of a sand mining boom, with many out-of-state and in-state companies developing new sand mines and expanding others.  The state has lots of sand - and the right kind of sand for hydraulic fracturing or fracking.  This fact sheet focuses on the planning and zoning aspects of sand mining in Wisconsin.  The following factsheets take a closer look at each of these tools. 

This fact sheet takes a closer look at county comprehensive plans to see how well they are addressing non-metallic mining.  

This fact sheet takes a closer look at county zoning ordinances to see how well they are addressing non-metallic mining.

Last in the series, this fact sheet looks at non-metallic mining in the context of both comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances.

  • Frac Sand Mining Environmental Research Webinar: Current Status of Research Findings
July 18, 2014 - 10am - noon
The PowerPoint is available here. The recorded webinar is available on YouTube at this link.

The Town of Auburn in Chippewa County has one operating frac sand mine with more proposed. The town is unzoned. The town board requested a presentation about zoning and how it could affect future sand mines. This presentation to the town board on May 27, 2015 reached the following conclusions:

  1. Comprehensive planning with community goals comes first, then zoning as one tool to implement your plan.
  2. Frac sand mines are being located preferentially in unzoned towns.
  3. Zoning by any local government requires
    • ​​a trained zoning administrator,
    • an attorney to handle zoning development, amendment and lawsuits,
    • plan commission members,
    • board of appeals members, and
    • budget to pay for all of the above.
  4. ​​Town zoning is an option when the town has sufficient funds, background knowledge, and residents to serve on the plan commission and board of appeals.​​  ​

Energy

  The Land Use Tracker. Vol. 4, Issue 3. Winter 2004. pp. 6-11.