​Plan Commission Handbook

This handbook is designed to assist the plan commission, local government officials and citizens in understanding the roles and responsibilities of the plan commission and related decision-making standards.  The handbook is available for download in PDF format free of charge.  You can also order printed copies for $15 by completing the handbook order form, emailing landcenter@uwsp.edu or by calling 715-346-3783. 
 

Complete Plan Commission Handbook

 

Plan Commission Handbook Chapters

Cover and Foreword

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Commission

Chapter 2: Procedural Responsibilities

Chapter 3: Community Planning

Chapter 4: Public Participation

Chapter 5: Plan Implementation

Chapter 6: Ordinance Administration

Chapter 7: Zoning Regulations

Chapter 8: Subdivision Regulations

 Plan Commission Worksheets and Forms

Job Description and Application Form

Code of Conduct and Rules of Procedure

Hearing Appearance Slip and Announcement of Proceedings

Plan Commission Decision Forms

Planning Worksheets

Public Participation Worksheets

Plan Implementation Worksheets

​Additional Resources

The Town Plan Commission (Fact Sheet #16)
Local Government Center

Village Powers for Town Boards (Fact Sheet #18)
Local Government Center

Town Plan Commission Sample Ordinance and Notes and Updates to Town Plan Commission Sample Ordinance
Local Government Center

Model Ordinance to Create a Town Plan Commission
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Village Plan Commission Ordinances
Center for Land Use Education

Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Plan Commissioners
Center for Land Use Education

​Plan Commission Workshops 

The Center for Land Use Education offers plan commission workshops serving multi-county areas of Wisconsin.  Workshops may be arranged through your county Cooperative Extension office or directly through the Center for Land Use Education by contacting Rebecca Roberts at rroberts@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4322 or CLUE staff at 715-346-3783.  A list of current workshops is available here.
 

 Sample Plan Commission Workshop Presentation