September 2019
IN THIS EDITION
  • Update on the Update: Regional Land Use Goals for 2040
  • Water Resources: invasive species + flood resilience + salt certification
  • Housing: workforce housing shortage
  • Community Spotlight: Town of Dunkirk
  • CARPC in Action
REGIONAL UPDATES
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NEWS FROM AROUND
THE REGION
Stay up to date with our roundup of planning and development news from around the region.
REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN UPDATE: GOALS FOR 2040
CARPC staff and Commissioners have drafted an updated set of goals to guide land use decisions out to the year 2040. The next step in our land use plan update process is to seek municipal feedback on these goals through an online survey.
WATER RESOURCES
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT REPORT
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has updated and approved its plan for managing aquatic invasive species. By minimizing the impacts of AIS through "Prevent, Contain, Control," the DNR seeks to protect native species and maintain stable aquatic ecosystems.
EVENT: FLOODING IMPACTS ON THE WATERSHED
The Black Earth Creek Watershed Association's fall event will take place Tuesday, October 22 in Cross Plains. Speakers, including CARPC's Mike Rupiper, will discuss answers to the question "What can we do to create a healthy watershed amid climate change?"
TRAINING: WINTER SALT CERTIFICATION
The City of Madison's 2019 Winter Salt Certification trainings are now open for registration. Upcoming dates include October 8 & 9 and November 5 & 6. Program information and registration links are available on the City's website.
HOUSING
FALLING BEHIND: WISCONSIN'S WORKFORCE HOUSING SHORTAGE
A new study from the Wisconsin REALTORS ® Association describes a severe statewide workforce housing shortage and calls for action to address this growing concern. Author Dr. Kurt Paulsen (UW-Madison) outlines the causes and effects of this shortage and proposes a road map of strategies and policies to correct it.
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
TOWN OF DUNKIRK RURAL PRESERVATION PROGRAM
This spring, Town of Dunkirk residents voted to fund a program that will preserve land for agriculture and natural areas in perpetuity. A tax assessment will provide the funds to purchase development rights from participating landowners. The Town is currently assembling a Rural Preservation Committee that will develop policies and procedures and oversee the new program.
CARPC IN ACTION
Presentation to
the Middleton Chamber
August 21, 2019
Village of Cottage Grove Open House
August 21, 2019
Presentation to
Sustain Dane
August 26, 2019
In addition to developing long-range regional plans and initiatives, a key part of CARPC's mission is to support on-the-ground decision making at the community level. You may have seen our social media posts about AGMV outreach activities before, but did you know CARPC staff also provides planning assistance to local communities?

In addition to delivering four customized AGMV survey results presentations to groups like the Middleton Chamber and Sustain Dane last month, we also assisted at the Village of Cottage Grove’s comprehensive planning open house. The Village is in the process of completing updates to its Comprehensive Plan which include identifying a handful of planned mixed-use areas. At the August 21st event, CARPC staff constructed scale models to illustrate what some of that development might look like.

Please contact Sean Higgins, Senior Community Planner, for more information on how CARPC can support your community or organization’s planning efforts.
UPCOMING EVENTS
NEXT RPC MEETING
October 10, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Fitchburg City Hall
5520 Lacy Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711