Saturday, August 24, 2019

Dodge County Board moves forward with land use plan

In a 4-1 vote, the Dodge County Board approved moving forward with a Comprehensive Land Use Management Plan for 2017. 

The county has not had a new comprehensive plan for about 16 years. Ron Ziegler from CEDA, the organization that would build this plan, estimated that the project could be done in about one year, starting in late 2016. The cost of the project would not exceed $49,516. 

A comprehensive plan is something that a county can use to plan projects. 

“It isn’t something we want you to stick on the shelf and have it gather dust,” Ziegler said. “I think that it has to be a working document to see if assumptions that are made are coming true every year...It is a document you can look at to guide you as you move forward.”

The county could undergo changes in the coming years, such as the construction of the Destination Medical Center, for which the current comprehensive plan cannot account. While it won’t completely change, the county is not the same as it was 16 years ago.

“There are similarities you’ll see, but there will be changes,” Ziegler said.

CEDA is planning on having 49 listening sessions in order to make sure that every person who wants their voice heard will be heard. These meetings will go through the areas’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The plan is to be as

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