​Center for Land Use Education

The Center for Land Use Education (CLUE) is a joint venture of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin - Madison Division of Extension. It is a focal point for land use planning and management education. 

CLUE specialists and faculty teach students, train local government officials and communities, create a variety of publications and conduct research focused on planning and zoning issues.

Our specialists, with input from our partners, create learning opportunities for communities. By providing up-to-date, comprehensive training on planning and zoning taylored to address specific local needs, our specialist are able to assist towns, villages, cities and counties in making sound land use decisions.

Our faculty teach a variety of courses for the Natural Resource Plannning major, the Sustainable Energy minor, and Natural Resource Planning graduate courses. Graduate students work with faculty on land use research.

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Local government officals and staff trained annually
Workshops and webinars presented annually
Active partnerships with federal, state and local governments, non-profits, and research institutions
Zoning Webinars 5-Part Series - Fall 2020  
The Center for Land Use Education is offering a 5-part webinar series designed to orient new and continuing Wisconsin officials and staff to their roles and responsibilities related to zoning.

Divided into two tracks, the Basic Sessions are designed for newly elected and appointed officials, clerks, administrators, and others who are new to planning and zoning. The Advanced Sessions are for those looking to expand their knowledge of specific zoning topics. Planning and zoning staff, experienced officials, and individuals who have completed the basic training sessions are encouraged to attend.

County Government Approaches to Protecting, Restoring, and Managing Wetlands

In the United States, counties use many rules and processes to govern wetlands within their jurisdiction. Wetlands play a major role in the world's economic, cultural and ecological systems and are among one of the many threatened natural resources world-wide and Wisconsin is no exception. The survey looked at the ways Wisconsin counties approach wetland protection, restoration and managment. 

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Zone! The Land Use Game

In this fun and interactive game, players are introduced to the concepts of planning and zoning. They are tasked with developing two communities – one unzoned, and one that is zoned. Through a combination of game play and discussion, players learn how communities grow and change over time. They are introduced to concepts of land use, community planning, and zoning.