Comprehensive Plan Update [2013 - 2016]

The Village is undertaking significant updates and upgrades to its plans and ordinances that guide future growth and economic development. Specifically, the efforts will result in complete updates to the Village’s 2006 comprehensive plan and 1990s-era zoning ordinance. The updates focus on how Weston can best capitalize on its assets and future opportunities to enhance the local economy and quality of life. Assets include Highway 29, the excellent school system, and economic strengths like healthcare.

A steering committee made up of the Village Board and Plan Commission is overseeing and will eventually adopt the plan and ordinance updates. The Village’s Planning and Development Department staff is managing the updates. The Department is also directing the work of MDRoffers Consulting –an urban planning, zoning, and economic development firm. Collaboration with neighboring communities, the County, and other community stakeholders is a big part of these efforts.

The Village’s comprehensive plan is a long-range guide for its future growth and development. Once updated, it will provide a vision and specific initiatives for Weston to achieve its future opportunities. Updating the comprehensive plan will also position the Village to receive grants to fund its various initiatives. The comprehensive plan update is being undertaken in three phases, which will be completed by 2016. The first phase, well underway, will deliver:

  • A plan for the lands along Camp Phillips Road—perhaps the Village’s most important entryway—focused particularly on redevelopment opportunities and associated road improvements.
  • A plan for expanding broadband internet service to serve existing and future technology-based businesses and provide an increasingly important tool for home use.
  • Updates to economic development, transportation, and natural and agricultural resources chapters to guide future decision making in each of these areas.
  • A new parks and open space plan, in the form of a parks and recreation chapter of the comprehensive plan, linking Village parks and trails to economic and community heath.
  • Updates to the land use chapter of the comprehensive plan, which will provide guidance on future decisions to rezone land for development.
In collaboration with the Village of Kronenwetter, Weston is also completing a full update to its zoning ordinance and zoning map. The zoning ordinance divides the Village into different zoning districts, each with its range of allowable land uses (e.g., residential, commercial). It also sets qualitative standards for new development and procedures to get new development projects approved. A goal of the zoning ordinance update is to simplify development review processes, while emphasizing high-quality and care in the approval of future development proposals. In total, the updated zoning ordinance will contribute to the overall thrust of advancing quality economic growth in the Village of Weston.

The zoning ordinance update and the first phase of the comprehensive plan update are both scheduled to be completed by winter 2015.

Village of Weston Comprehensive Plan (adopted April 6, 2006)

Process
Over the course of the Plan Update, Planning & Development (P&D) Department staff will bring forward drafts of Chapters of the Comprehensive Plan for Committee and Public review and comment. Additionally, P&D staff may provide information related to general issues for discussion about how to best address these issues in the Comprehensive Plan. Specific issues will likely include how to plan for an aging and diversifying population, energy, technology, new development trends, and others identified by staff and/or the Steering Committee. P&D staff views this as an opportunity for the staff, Plan Commission and Village Board to take a fresh look at our Comprehensive Plan, evaluate the many issues that have changed since 2006, and develop a Comprehensive Plan that will serve us well for the next 10 years.

Comprehensive Plan Update Work Program (as of 7/23/14)

Project Documents
Conditions and Issues Volume of the Comprehensive Plan
Draft Conditions and Issues (September 2014)

Visions and Directions Volume of the Comprehensive Plan
Final Draft Chapter 9: Parks and Recreation (September 2014)
Draft Chapter 13: Broadband Technology (August 2014)

Regulatory Information
Under Section 66.1001 of the Wisconsin Statutes every governmental jurisdiction that regulates the use of land through a land division ordinance, shoreland zoning ordinance, general purpose zoning ordinance, or official map must have an adopted comprehensive plan. Since the Village administers a general purpose zoning ordinance, a land division ordinance and shoreland zoning ordinance, it must have an up-to-date Comprehensive Plan that is consistent with these ordinances. The current Comprehensive Plan is available on our website via the link above.

All comprehensive plans must meet the content requirements of Section 66.1001 Wis. Stats., and have at a minimum the following sections:

  • Issues and Opportunities – A compilation of background demographic, housing, and economic data, and a listing of applicable goals, objectives, and policies that guide the implementation of the comprehensive plan.
  • Land Use – A compilation of existing and proposed future land uses. The Village of Weston Comprehensive Plan has historically incorporated the locally adopted future land use maps into its future land use map.
  • Transportation – A compilation of existing and proposed transportation facilities and programs.
  • Housing – A compilation of existing and future housing needs in the Village.
  • Economic Development – A compilation of existing and future economic development activities in Weston.
  • Community Facilities and Utilities – A compilation of existing and future community facilities and utilities, including such components as sanitary sewer, storm water management, potable water, and village buildings and services.
  • Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources – A compilation of existing resources of this nature and policies that will be set in place to protect them.
  • Intergovernmental Cooperation – A discussion of opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation and coordination with our neighboring communities.
  • Implementation – A description of how the recommendations contained within the plan will be set in motion.