Plan Commission Workshops

The Center for Land Use Education offers plan commission workshops serving multi-county areas of Wisconsin. Workshops are designed for newly appointed commissioners, veteran commissioners tackling complex issues, and professional educators and planners whose job it is to support local commissions. 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 downlable copy of the Plan Commission Handbook is available free of charge.
 

Workshop for Town Planning & Zoning Officials 

Two times and locations:
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Reid Town Hall, Reid, WI 
 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Wien Town Hall, Wien, WI 
 
Marathon County recently completed a major update of its comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance. These workshops will provide a brief overview of those changes and help local officials understand their role in making local planning and zoning decisions.  
 
 
May 17, 2017, Reid, WI -  Registration Form  
 
May 23, 2017, Wien, WI - Registration Form
 
 

Workshop for Local Planning & Zoning Officials 

Monday, May 22, 2017, Algoma Hall, Oshkosh, WI 
 

This workshop will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of local government officials involved in planning, zoning and land use decision-making.  

 
 
 

Workshop for Local Planning & Zoning Officials 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, City Hall Training Room, River Falls, WI 
 
This workshop is designed for new and continuing plan commission members, local government officials, and other interested persons. The workshop will focus on community planning, zoning, subdivision regulations and procedural responsibilities. 
 
Workshop Brochure
 

Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Teleconference Series

This is a statewide teleconference series designed for local government officials, planners, attorneys and interested citizens. Programs are moderated by the UW-Extension Local Government Center and UW-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Please register with the Local Government Center online at lgc.uwex.edu or by calling 608-262-0810. 

January 18, 2017 – Ethics and Open Government Laws for Planning Body Members

February 15, 2017 – Insights on Recent Changes to Wisconsin Land Use Law

March 15, 2017 – Cooperative Boundary Agreements

April 19, 2017 – Case Law and Legislative Update

May 17, 2017 – Business Improvement Districts and Main Streets

Local Land Use Planning and Zoning WisLine Brochure

Workshops 2016

Fall 2016

Workshop for Local Land Use Officials 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Ashland City Hall, Ashland, WI 
 
This workshop is designed for new and continuing plan commission members, local government officials, and other interested persons. The workshop will focus on comprehensive planning, zoning and development review. Impartial decision-makers, legally defensible decisions, and open meetings and hearings will also be discussed. 
 
 

Summer 2016

Workshop for Local Land Use Officials 

Thursday, June 23, 2016, Marquette County Services Center, Montello, WI 
 
This workshop is designed for new and continuing plan commission members, local government officials, and other interested persons. The workshop will focus on plan commission responsibilities related to planning, zoning, and land division review. Impartial decision-makers, legally defensible decisions, and open meetings and hearings will also be discussed. 
 
 

Community Development Webinar Series  

Fridays: April 15, May 20, June 17 and July 15, 2016  
 
Community Development is a framework for engaging affected parties in understanding their issues and developing consensus responses to address them. The focus of engagement and interventions is at the community level.
 
This monthly four part lunch time series systematically explores community development models. It begins to identify a framework from which planners, community development practitioners, and Extension educators can speak a common language, conduct worthwhile and effective projects, and most importantly, engage with residents in our communities.
 
Register for individual sessions or for the entire series. Full series registrants receive a copy of Asset Building and Community Development, 4th Edition by Gary Greene and Anna Haines (2016).
Overview of Community Development: Introduction, historic evolution, and best practices in community development.
Introduction to Community Heart & SoulTM: An approach to community planning and development that invites and involves residents to shape the future.
Community Development in Wisconsin: Compare and contrast community development approaches advanced by Cooperative Extension, a statewide nonprofit organization, and a planning consultant.
Examples From Other States: An exploration of models that have been embraced in neighboring states.
 

Spring 2016

Workshop for Local Land Use Officials 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Community Center, Solon Springs, WI 
 
This workshop is designed for new and continuing plan commission members, local government officials, and other interested persons. The workshop will focus on plan commission responsibilities related to planning, zoning, and land division review. Impartial decision-makers, legally defensible decisions, and open meetings and hearings will also be discussed. 
 
 

Workshop for Local Land Use Officials 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Portage County Courthouse Annex, Stevens Point, WI
This workshop is designed for new and continuing plan commission members, local government officials, and other interested persons. The workshop will focus on plan commission responsibilities related to planning, zoning, and land division review. Impartial decision-makers, legally defensible decisions, and opportunities to plan with neighboring communities will also be discussed. 
 
 

Winter 2016 

Workshop for Local Land Use Officials 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Whitewater University Technology Park, Whitewater, WI
This workshop is designed for new and continuing plan commission members, local government officials, and other interested persons. The workshop will focus on plan commission responsibilities related to planning, zoning, and land division review. Open meetings and hearings, impartial decision-makers, and conflicts of interest will also be discussed. 
 

​Workshops 2015 

Fall 2015

Workshops for Town and Village Officials

These workshops will address a wide variety of topics of interest to town and village officials, including comprehensive planning, public engagement, open meetings and parliamentary procedure, law and legislation, and budget and finance. To register, please complete the attached brochure and submit to the Wisconsin Towns Association.

Town and Village Workshop Details

Presentation on Updating Your Comprehensive Plan

September 15, 2015 - Cable, Lakewood Resort and Hotel

September 16, 2015 - Minocqua, AmericInn/Reulands

September 17, 2015 - Wabeno, Potawatomi Carter Casino

September 21, 2015 - Stevens Point, Holiday Inn Convention Center

September 22, 2015 - Ripon, Royal Ridges of Ripon

September 23, 2015 - Green Bay, The Meadows

September 28, 2015 - Eau Claire, Sleep Inn & Suites

September 29, 2015 - Tomah, Cranberry Country Lodge

September 30, 2015 - Mineral Point, Quality Inn