Wisconsin’s regional planning commissions are statutorily charged to “prepare and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the region.” Beyond the legal requirements, regional plans help communities work together and align their plans and policies towards shared regional goals. Regional coordination and intergovernmental collaboration will be particularly important as our region expands to accommodate an estimated 160,000 additional people over the next 20 years.
The existing regional plan, Vision 2020: Dane County Land Use and Transportation Plan, is now past its useful life and due for a major update. The updated regional development framework will serve as a guide for local public and private entities to achieve the desired balance of physical development and preservation in the Dane County region. The framework’s goals, objectives, and recommendations are intended to be incorporated into the plans and policies of local governments, community organizations, and businesses.