Archive for September, 2016

Farmland Preservation Plan Draft Now Available

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

Individual Town Farmland Preservation Plan Maps are available for download below.

Town of Almond
Town of Amherst
Town of Belmont
Town of Buena Vista
Town of Carson
Town of Dewey
Town of Eau Pleine
Town of Grant
Town of Hull
Town of Lanark
Town of Linwood
Town of New Hope
Town of Pine Grove
Town of Plover
Town of Sharon
Town of Stockton

Click below to view additional Farmland Preservation Plan maps:

County-wide Farmland Preservation Plan Map
Figure 6 Farmland Loss
Figure 7 Urban Area Growth 1948-2015
Figure 9 Agricultural Future Landuse
Figure 10 Productive Agricultural Soils
Figure 12 Photo Identified Irrigated Cropland


Public Hearing Announced for 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, 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