The Town of Buchanan, with the assistance of East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, is working on preparing an update to the Town’s existing comprehensive plan that was adopted in 2007. A kickoff meeting with the Buchanan Plan Commission is scheduled for February 13, 2017.
Public participation and engagement are an important component of the comprehensive plan update process. A public participation plan was adopted in January. Community members will have an opportunity to participate in a community-wide visioning event in early spring that will be designed to engage residents and landowners in the planning process. Citizens are welcome to attend all meetings. Meeting notices, progress reports and other information will be posted on the Town’s website at http://www.townofbuchanan.org/. Comments can be submitted to Joel Gregozeski, Town Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at N178 County Rd N. Appleton, WI 54915.
On April 17, 2007, the Town Board adopted a comprehensive plan under Section 66.1001 of the Wisconsin Statutes which is called, Town of Buchanan Comprehensive Plan. The comprehensive plan was prepared in accordance with a public participation plan adopted by the Town Board that included activities to foster public participation in the preparation of the comprehensive plan. Under Section 66.1001(4)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes, future amendments or updates to the comprehensive plan must also be carried out in accordance with a public participation plan, adopted by the Town Board, designed to foster public participation in the amendment/update process.
In 2016, the Town contracted with the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to initiate a formal update of the comprehensive plan beginning in 2017. As the Year 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update is prepared, it will be critical to actively involve the general public and key community interests in identifying major issues, reviewing the shared vision for the community, and updating goals, objectives, and policies which help bring that shared vision to fruition. The Town of Buchanan will use this document as a guide to actively involve community members in the comprehensive plan update process by providing them numerous opportunities to offer input and become informed via multiple means of communication.