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