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A Guide to Plan Building: Section 4 Summary for Section 4: Housing

The Housing Element is a compilation of objectives, goals, policies, maps, and programs to provide an adequate housing supply that meets existing and forecasted housing demand within the community. The element shall assess the age, structural, value, and occupancy characteristics of the community's housing stock and provide a range of housing choices, recognizing local and regional housing needs for all income levels and for all age groups and special needs. The element also shall identify specific policies and programs that promote the availability of land for the development or redevelopment of low and moderate income housing, and policies and programs to maintain or rehabilitate the community's existing housing stock.

Housing development in coastal areas can impact wildlife, aquatic life, water quality, and the landscape. More structures in the watershed typically lead to greater land disturbance, runoff, and pollutants. While some owners build homes with respect for the shoreline and coastal resources, others do not. They build concrete patios on top of coastal marshes, clear-cut trees for straight-shot views, and blast driveways through dunes and bluffs. This kind of development can harm the natural environment, impact the local economies that rely on clean water and land, and disturb neighboring residents who wish to enjoy a natural shoreline. Section 4 of the "Guide to Planning for Coastal Communities in Wisconsin" describes and offers problem-solving strategies for several coastal issues related to housing, including: shoreline residential development, housing density, second tier development/replacement of structures, and seasonal housing development.

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