Jefferson County is continuing to develop its 10-year update of the County Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation and Land Use Plan.

The plans will cover the topics of land use; agricultural natural, and cultural resources; transportation; housing; economic development; community facilities; and intergovernmental cooperation.

The planning process is built from community input. Public open houses will be held in March and April to gain input from residents about the desired future of Jefferson County.

Four meetings are scheduled for the end of March and April. Each meeting will include a formal presentation at 5:15 p.m., followed by a series of input activities. Staff from Jefferson County will be on hand to answer any questions.

Public input is needed to help guide the future of Jefferson County.

Four meetings are offered at various locations to provide options for residents and reduce travel distances for attendees. All meetings will cover the same material, but the public is welcome to attend any and all of the meetings.

The meetings are set for:

• Tuesday, March 31, Bank of Lake Mills, 400 Bernard St., Watertown;

• Wednesday, April 1, City of Lake Mills Municipal Building, 200 N. Water St., Lake Mills;

• Wednesday, April 8, Dwight Foster Memorial Library, Community Room 209 Merchants Ave., Fort Atkinson;

• Thursday, April 9, Palmyra-Eagle High School Community Room, 123 Burr Oak St., Palmyra.

These open houses build upon 12 months of feedback the county has received from the steering committee, municipal leaders, focus groups, stakeholders, and the public. Key themes have been developed for each chapter element. Participants are invited to provide feedback through various activities that will guide the plan’s direction specific to each topic area.

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