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Dane County Exec Announces Land Use Planning Project

The kickoff of an innovative project-“Shaping Dane”s Future: Community Based Land Use Planning Demonstration Project”-will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in Verona, which has been selected as the pilot site for the project. The project will explore ways to engage Dane County citizens in the land use planning process.

The press conference, to be held at Verona City Hall, will outline how community-based information technologies will support land use decision-making in a real-world setting. One such technology is a newly developed suite of tools called “Planning Analyst,” which was developed by UW-Madison”s Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility, in conjunction with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Departments of Urban & Regional Planning and Soil Science, and Institute for Environmental Studies.

Planning Analyst is a series of modules that help visualize alternative development patterns, evaluate impacts of proposed development, and combine desired planning outcomes with relevant ordinances and standards.

With the ability to better understand, forecast and visualize alternative land use scenarios, the citizens of Dane County will have a stronger voice in the decision-making process. The goal is to help communities make informed land use choices.

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk will introduce the project”s partners, which include Dane County, LICGF, Environmental Systems Research Institute (California), the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Federal Geographic Data Committee. The project is an outgrowth of Dane County”s recent “Design Dane!” action plan for growth management, and the county”s subsequent selection by Vice-President Al Gore as one of six demonstration sites nationwide for providing innovative solutions to urban and rural growth management.

The multi-faceted project will also include:

o training for Dane County and Verona staff in the use of the planning tools

o a planning guide and technical documentation

o an evaluation report of the pilot project and subsequent recommendations.

For additional information, contact Prof. Ben Niemann, (608) 263-5534.