One of the functions of the Planning & Zoning Office is to coordinate or assist
with land use planning activities at the county and the local level. Much of the
planning that is done is to meet statutory requirements of the State, or to meet
eligibility requirements of grant funding opportunities. Planning activities that
take place in the office range from facilitating the planning process for towns
in the county, to leading the County Comprehensive plan that is required by state
Local Plans and Zoning
Many municipalities in Wood County have local plans. These communities may have
plans for parks and trails, land use or comprehensive plans. Over time many of these
need to be reviewed or updated to reflect changing community values or circumstances.
At the request of the community the County Planning & Zoning Office works with communities
to create or update their plans.
In addition, all the villages (8) and cities (4), and half (11 of 22) towns have
zoning ordinances. The zoning ordinances are administered at the local level. At
the request of the community our office will work to help with zoning ordinance
updates of villages and towns.
There are countywide plans that our office is responsible for updating at intervals.
The following plans updates are coordinated as well as written by office staff.
In addition to the plans listed below we are involved with a variety of area and
- County Comprehensive Plan
- Needs to be updated by 2010 to meet requirements of State Statutes.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan - Updated as needed to be eligible for transportation
- Park, Recreation and Open Spaces Plan - Updated every 5 years to be eligible for
Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program administered by the Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources.