Town of Pleasant Springs
2354 County Road N
Stoughton WI 53589
Pleasant Springs Comprehensive Plan
What do you want your Town to look like in 2026?
The Town of Pleasant Springs has a comprehensive plan that was adopted in April 2006. The plan provides an extensive description of the Town: population, employment, agriculture, transportation, natural resources and the overall goals of the town for development. One of the most important elements of the comprehensive plan is the projected land use plan, which is used to evaluate rezoning requests, land division, and other proposed projects. One of the key aspects of the land use plan is the objective to preserve the rural character of the Town, which means that new residential development is limited to a relatively small number of potential lots based on the area of the farmland from which they are “split”. You can look at the current comprehensive plan on the Planning Commission page of the Town’s website: http://pleasantsprings.org/plancommission.html.
State law requires that the Comprehensive Plan be updated every 10 years – that means
by April 2016 we need to reevaluate the goals, data and land-
Many things have changed in the last 10 years, and we need to consider what issues we want the Plan to provide guidance on for the next decade ending in 2026. Some of the issues and questions to be considered include:
1. How will the Town’s population change, and what does that mean for transportation, housing, and need for services provided by the Town?
2. What are the implications of the scheduled construction along Interstate 90 and the possible Highway 51 bypass north of Stoughton adjacent to Highway B?
3. How should the commercial and retail areas centered on the Interstate 90 / Highway N intersection develop? Should they be expanded?
4. What is the best way to preserve and increase the value of the Town’s agricultural land – both large farms and smaller specialty farms?
5. How should the town encourage bike trails, walking trails and other recreational opportunities? How can we best collaborate with the County and State parks systems?
6. Should the limited urban service area that rings Lake Kegonsa be expanded to allow more or possibly different residential development? If so, where?
7. How should the Town react to proposals for gravel pits and quarries? What about concentrated agricultural feeding operations (CAFOs)?
We’re sure that you have other issues that you consider to be important for the Town to consider in its plans for the next decade.
Here is the process we will go through to update the Comprehensive Plan:
Through early 2016, the Planning Commission and the Town Board will gather updated data on population, resources, transportation, etc. and identify the “big picture” issues that seem most important.
In the Spring of 2016, we will work on updates to the plan and develop a draft comprehensive plan for comments and ideas.
Later 2016, we will complete the plan update and have a formal hearing to adopt the plan.
The comprehensive plan update will be led by a group drawn from the Plan Commission and Town Board. However, we welcome participation by anyone interested.
If you’d like to work with the group, please contact Mary Haley or call the Town Hall. In any event, please watch for notices of the public meetings that we will hold.