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Special Plans & Studies

In addition to our comprehensive planning capabilities, CARPC staff have experience developing a variety of special plans and studies and coordinating collaborative interagency initiatives:

Environmental Condition Reports

Regional Planning Commission staff work with local planners and officials to prepare Environmental Conditions Reports. ECRs examine natural resources, sensitive environmental areas, projected demand for land and redevelopment opportunities. The reports generally cover an urban area and the surrounding extraterritorial jurisdiction area.

Example: Stoughton Area FUDA Environmental Conditions Report (2014)

Future Urban Development Area Planning

Following completion of Environmental Condition Reports, communities may elect to participate in Future Urban Development Area (FUDA) planning. FUDA planning engages neighboring jurisdictions in a joint planning process to consider alternative development scenarios. Community members and leaders examine scenarios and their estimated future impacts. They use the results to inform their local comprehensive planning.

Example: North Yahara FUDA Study (2012)

Other Plans and Studies

  • Hazard mitigation plans
  • Watershed/green infrastructure plans
  • Housing studies
  • Parks and open space plans
  • Resource management plans


Starkweather Creek Chloride Management Plan (2021)

Black Earth Creek Watershed Green Infrastructure Plan (2022)

Rock County Hazard Mitigation Plan (2023)

Shorewood Hills Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2024)