Clintonville updating its comprehensive plan
By Bert Lehman
The city of Clintonville has begun the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, which was last adopted in 2007.
Eric Fowle, executive director for East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, told the Clintonville Plan Commission at its Oct. 19 meeting that a lot of the city’s comprehensive plan is based on input from members of the commission as well as citizens in the community.
“We’ve learned throughout our history of planning that the best plans are the ones that are owned by the community and have ownership, and they’re behind it,” Fowle said.
Clintonville City Administrator Sharon Eveland added that it is critical that the city receive a wide variety of community feedback regarding the city’s comprehensive plan.
In order to achieve that goal, the city created an ad hoc comprehensive plan committee that will supplement the work of the Plan Commission.
She said the plan commission will be the entity that will vote and make recommendations to the Clintonville City Council.
Eveland said citizens in the community are also welcome to attend the plan commission meetings and provide feedback.
“I would encourage you to talk to community members, to talk to your neighbors, talk to your co-workers that are in Clintonville because this really is important,” Eveland said. “It is really important that as a city that we make sure we are getting that input, and we can’t do that if you guys don’t talk to us.”
Kathleen Thunes, principal community development planner for ECWRPC, told the plan commission that state statute requires municipalities to have a comprehensive plan.
The city’s current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2007 and is good for 20 years, but the city is required to update it every 10 years.
Thunes said the first step of a comprehensive plan is to adopt a citizen participation plan, which the city council needs to pass.
She said a comprehensive plan consists of nine items: demographics, housing, transportation, utilities and community facilities, agriculture and natural resources, economic development, land use, intergovernmental cooperation, and implementation.
Thunes told the plan commission that it should expect to meet every two months to discuss the comprehensive plan.
During the process of discussing the city’s comprehensive plan, Fowle told the commission that it shouldn’t worry about the constraints that the city deals with on a daily basis.
“We want you to really think about and say what you really want for the future,” Fowles said. “We’ll figure out a path to get there.”
The plan commission scheduled a Public Visioning Workshop to be held at the Clintonville Community Center on Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The workshop will be self-guided and held in an open house-type environment. Different types of exercises will be held for community members to participate in. Citizens are encouraged to attend this workshop in order to provide their input.