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A Guide to Plan Building: Section 9

Executive Summary for Section 9: Land Use

The Land Use Element will be a compilation of objectives, goals, policies, maps, and programs to guide the future development and redevelopment of the public and private property. This chapter of a community's Comprehensive Plan will contain a listing of the amount, type, intensity, and net density of existing uses of the land in the community, such as agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, and other public and private uses. This chapter also will analyze trends in the supply, demand, and price of land; opportunities for redevelopment; and existing and potential land use conflicts. Furthermore, it will contain projections, based on previous chapters for 20 years to include future residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial land uses, including the assumptions of net densities or other spatial assumptions upon which the projections are based.

The land use element of a Comprehensive Plan should include an inventory and discussion of the land use controls that currently exist within the community, which may affect, or restrict, the use of land for specific purposes. The following land use issues, which were discussed in greater detail in previous sections of this document, are of particular importance to coastal communities: Invasive Species, Endangered Resources, Bluff Setback/Recession Rates, Regulatory Additions/Modifications, Air Quality (Non-Attainment Areas), Housing Density, Lot Size, Shoreland Zoning, Beach Safety/Health Hazards, Riparian Rights, Second Tier Development, Conservation Easements, Open Spaces, Recreation Site Design Considerations, Protective Covenants, Cost of Development, Water Resource Impacts, Commercial Port Development, Brownfields. Section 9 of "A Guide to Planning for Coastal Communities in Wisconsin" provides information on conducting an inventory of existing land use controls and land uses. In addition, Section 9 of the Guide outlines steps to the development of a future land use plan, including a list of planning criteria.

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