At their August 23, 2016 meeting, the Portage County Agriculture and Extension Education, Land and Water Conservation, and Planning and Zoning Committees made their final revisions to the preliminary draft of the Portage County Farmland Preservation Plan, and recommended the document move forward to a Public Hearing on September 29, 2016. The draft minutes from the August 23rd meeting, and the draft of the Plan document, are included below.

On September 29th, the public will get a chance to view exhibits containing information from the Plan document, then participate in a Public Hearing to give the three Committees feedback on the Plan’s content and conclusions.

At the end of the Public Hearing, the Committees will discuss what they heard. If there is information presented, or if there are questions raised that the Committees find requires additional research and analysis, or amendment to the Plan document, the Committees will direct staff to review the issues and bring back recommendations at a subsequent meeting. If the Committees are satisfied that all comments or questions have been adequately addressed by the existing draft, they will be able to vote to recommend the Plan draft to the full County Board for approval.

Because the Farmland Preservation Plan is mandated by State Statutes, through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, this State Agency must certify the Plan’s content prior to adoption by the Portage County Board. Completion of the Public Hearing will bring the Plan one step closer to final approval.

If you have any questions regarding the Plan draft or the meeting on September 29th, please contact the Portage County Planning and Zoning Department!

Agenda for September 29, 2016 Joint Committee Meeting

Draft Plan draft for public hearing 9-29-16

Draft minutes for Joint Agriculture/Extension, Land and Water Conservation, Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting 08-23-16

*** Farmland Preservation Maps to be added shortly!! ***

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

PORTAGE COUNTY FARMLAND PRESERVATION PLAN

Notice is hereby given that on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms 1 and 2 1st floor of the County Annex, 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the Portage County Agriculture and Extension Education, Land and Water Conservation, and Planning and Zoning Committees will conduct a public hearing at which time and place all interested persons may appear and will be given an opportunity to be heard in support of or in opposition to the Portage County Farmland Preservation Plan. An Open House featuring exhibits from the Plan will be held in the County Annex Lobby prior to the Public Hearing. The Open House begins at 6:00 pm.

Copies of the Farmland Preservation Plan will be available for viewing by any interested person during regular business hours in the office of the Portage County Planning and Zoning Department (County Annex) and on-line through the Planning and Zoning Department page on the Portage County website, https://pocofarmlandpres.wordpress.com/ beginning one week before the above meeting date.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may submit comments in writing to the Planning and Zoning Department up to three business days before the above meeting date.

Dated this 13th day of September 2016.

Jeffrey P. Schuler, Director

Planning and Zoning Department

Joint Meeting of County Committees to Review Farmland Preservation Plan

The Portage County Planning and Zoning, Land and Water Conservation, and Agriculture and Extension Education Committees will be meeting jointly on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 to continue their review of the Portage County Farmland Preservation Plan draft. This meeting will focus on the last 20 pages of the draft document, which contain the trends, issues/challenges, and goals and objectives sections of the Plan.

The August 23rd meeting will be held at 6:00 PM in Conference Rooms 1&2, County Annex, 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, WI.

08-23-16 Jt Comm Agenda

Schuler Memo 08-11-16

Farmland Preservation Plan 08-23-16 Draft pp 52-74

07-26-16 Draft Jt Comm Minutes

Joint Meeting of County Committees to Review Farmland Preservation Plan

The Portage County Planning and Zoning, Land and Water Conservation, and Agriculture and Extension Education Committees will be meeting jointly on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to continue their review of the Portage County Farmland Preservation Plan draft. This meeting will focus on the last 20 pages of the draft document, which contain the trends, issues/challenges, and goals and objectives sections of the Plan.

The July 26th meeting will be held at 6:00 PM in Conference Rooms 1&2, County Annex, 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, WI.

07-26-16 Jt Comm Agenda

7-26-16 Memo

06-28-16 AgExt LWCC P-Z Draft Minutes

Addtl Ad Hoc Comm Revisions

Farmland Preservation Plan Draft pp53-74

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Joint Meeting of County Committees to Review Farmland Preservation Plan Draft

The Portage County Planning and Zoning, Land and Water Conservation, and Agriculture and Extension Education Committees will be meeting jointly on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 to begin their review of the Portage County Farmland Preservation Plan draft. This draft document was recommended forward to these committees by the Farmland Preservation Ad-Hoc Steering Committee on April 18, 2016.

The June 28th meeting will be held at 6:00 PM in Conference Room 1, County Annex, 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, WI.

Agenda
Memo
Plan Draft pp 52-74
Full Farmland Preservation Plan 4-18-16

At their April 18, 2016 meeting, the Portage County Farmland Preservation Ad-Hoc Steering Committee concluded their work on preparing the initial complete draft of the Portage County Farmland Preservation Plan, and made a motion to formally recommend the draft to the Portage County Planning and Zoning Committee for additional review and ultimately a public hearing before making their own formal recommendation to the full County Board for consideration.

Part of the recommendation by the Ad Hoc Committee was to have the Portage County Land and Water Conservation and Agriculture and Extension Education Committees join Planning and Zoning in a joint review and recommendation of the draft. The Plan was received by the Planning and Zoning Committee on May 24, 2016, and a joint meeting of the Committees will be scheduled in the second half of June. Please check back to this blog for details as they become available.

Below you will find links to the Plan document, as well as the draft minutes from the Ad Hoc Committee meeting. 

04-18-16 Farmland Preservation Ad Hoc Committee Draft Plan

04-18-16 Farmland Preservation Ad Hoc Committee Draft Minutes

Meeting Planned

The Portage County Farmland Preservation Ad-Hoc Steering Committee will be meeting Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM, in Conference Room 1, County Annex, 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, WI.

04-18-16 Farmland Preservation Ad Hoc Committee Meeting Agenda

04-18-16 Farmland Preservation Ad Hoc Committee Meeting Memo

03-21-16 Farmland Preservation Ad Hoc Committee Meeting Draft Minutes

Farm Pres Plan 4-18-16 draft Pages 61-74

PoCo Farmland Preservation Plan 4-18-16 draft