In October 2007 Waupaca completed its 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Intended as a guide for community decision making for the next 20 to 25 years; the planning effort commenced in 2003 after Waupaca County was awarded a Comprehensive Planning Grant by the Wisconsin Department of Administration. The City of Waupaca joined Waupaca County in this effort along with five other cities, six villages, and 21 towns for a total of 34 participating units of government.

The Comprehensive Plan meets the requirements of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Planning Law: Wisconsin Statutes 66.1001. This law required all municipalities (counties, cities, towns, and villages) to adopt a comprehensive plan by the year 2010 if they sought to make certain land use decisions. Since 2010, any municipality that regulates land use must make zoning, land division, shoreland and floodplain zoning, and official mapping decisions in a manner that is consistent with the community’s comprehensive plan.

The City of Waupaca developed this comprehensive plan in response to issues that needed to be addressed and the opportunities it wishes to pursue. How a community changes, how such change is perceived, and how change is managed are the subjects of community comprehensive planning. For such an undertaking, an understanding of both the City’s history and its vision for the future is essential to making sound decisions. The foundation of comprehensive planning relies on a balance between the past, present, and future by addressing four fundamental questions:

  1. Where is the community now?
  2. How did the community get here?
  3. Where does the community want to be in the future?
  4. How does the community get to where it wants to be?

The City’s complete comprehensive plan (which can be found below) is composed of two documents. The first, The Plan Recommendations Report, contains the results of the City’s decision making process as expressed by goals, objectives, policies, and recommendations. The Inventory and Trends Report, the second component, contains all of the background data for Waupaca County and the City of Waupaca. Both documents follow the same basic structure by addressing nine comprehensive planning elements. These elements include Population and Housing, Transportation, Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources, Economic Development, and Implementation. To view the complete 2030 Comprehensive Plan please click the link below.

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