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Regional Planning Principles

Three key planning principles developed in the 1970s by CARPC’s predecessor, the Dane County Regional Planning Commission, still inform our approach to regional planning today:

Following their debut in DCRPC’s 1973 Regional Land Use Plan, these concepts became embedded in federal and state legislation, including the Clean Water Act, the Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program, and state regional planning statutes. Today, CARPC’s 2050 Regional Development Framework and Dane County Water Quality Plan build on the approach established by these efforts, while also incorporating smart growth principles, current priorities, and modern best practices.