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Great Lakes Coastal Community Planning Resource

Wisconsin communities located on the Great Lakes shoreline face a variety of challenges in developing comprehensive plans to guide future growth and development. In addition to all the elements of a comprehensive plan that inland communities must address (housing, transportation, infrastructure, land use, etc.) coastal communities also must tackle the preservation and sustainable use of coastal amenities and the reduction of coastal hazards. The Great Lakes Coastal Community Planning site is meant to be used a tool to support planning efforts along the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior coasts of Wisconsin. To access these resources, click on any of the following links provided below or on the left side of the page.

Coastal Planning Guide
The report prepared by the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission with financial assistance from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program is available online.

Smart Growth
Learn about "Smart Growth" and Wisconsin's Comprehensive Planning/Smart Growth Law.

Organizations and Issues
A reference guide for state, regional, and national planning organizations as well as a broad list of planning-related issues for coastal communities.  Issues include: coastal wetlands, exotic species, and more.

Plan Examples
Comprehensive, hazard mitigation, and other plan examples from cities, counties, and other planning entities in Wisconsin.

Laws and Regulations
Resources on coastal laws, regulations, and ordinances that may help planning efforts in coastal communities.

Planning for Coastal Hazards

national legislation, national and state organizations, and tools for the management and mitigation of coastal hazards that may affect communities in Wisconsin

GIS Resources
Introductory materials on geographic information systems (GIS) and related geospatial technology

News and Events
Events and news websites related to coastal planning.

Disclaimer: The information provided in the Great Lakes Coastal Planning Resource website is provided as a convenience and has been compiled from multiple sources starting in January 2003 and updated in February 2007. This information is not intended as a comprehensive source and may not always be the most recent source available. This site contains links to other web sites (Linked Sites), which are not under the control of the website. We are not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. The website also is not responsible for webcasting or for any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. The website is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the website or any association with its operators.

The Great Lakes Coastal Planning Resource website was developed by the Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility (LICGF), in collaboration with and funding provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA03NOS4190106, along with assistance from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.

For more information, contact David Hart.