Jefferson County is embarking on a process of updating the county’s Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation and Land Use Plan.

The county, with input from residents and stakeholders, is working to update two of its long-range planning documents that outline strategies for growth and preservation of our county’s assets and resources. These meetings will offer the public an opportunity to provide input that will be used to inform the future of Jefferson County. The plans will cover the topics of land use; agricultural, natural, and cultural resources; transportation; housing; economic development; community facilities; and intergovernmental cooperation.

The Comprehensive Plan defines a vision, goals and policies that will guide decision making regarding growth and investments throughout Jefferson County. Input will help shape the plan’s vision, ultimately helping to shape a vibrant future for the county. The county is seeking input through a community survey, which will take just over 15 minutes to complete: This survey can be also be filled out at your local library. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jeffersoncounty2040 .

Hard copies of the survey are available at local libraries and the Jefferson County Courthouse, 311 S. Center Ave, Room 201, Jefferson, WI 53549. Completed surveys should be returned by July 19 to local libraries or the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department.

Beyond a vision for Jefferson County, the Comprehensive Plan will review the existing conditions of the community, identifying opportunities and challenges for the future. Additionally, policies and future actions will be explored related to land use, economic development, housing, transportation, and natural resources. These will be included in the complementary Agricultural Preservation and Land Use Plan.

Residents are invited to learn about the plan and provide input at four public meetings. Attendees at all four meetings will be introduced to the comprehensive plan process and provide input that will be used to develop a plan for the next 20 years. A presentation will be given at 6 p.m. followed by engagement activities.

The public is invited to provide input on these important plans.

The meetings are set for Monday, June 24 at the Bank of Lake Mills, 400 Bernard St., Watertown; Wednesday, June 26 at Palmyra-Eagle High School, 123 Burr Oak St., Palmyra; Wednesday, July 10 at Dwight Foster Memorial Library, 209 Merchants Ave., Fort Atkinson; and Thursday, July 11 at Lake Mills Municipal Building, 200 N. Water St., Lake Mills.

Representatives from Jefferson County and SRF Consulting Group will be on hand to answer questions and discuss concerns.

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