Comprehensive Planning Public Participation Plan
In accordance with Wisconsin State Statute 66.1001 (4)(a)"
" The governing body of a local governmental unit shall adopt written procedures that are designed to foster public participation, including open discussion, communication programs, information services, and public meetings for which advance notice has been provided, in every stage of the preparation of a comprehensive plan. The written procedures shall provide for wide distribution of of proposed, alternative, or amended elements of a comprehensive plan and shall provide an opportunity for written comments on the plan to be submitted by members of the public to the governing body and for the governing body to respond to such written comments. The written procedure shall describe the method the governing body of a local governmental unit will use to distribute proposed, alternative, or amended elements of a comprehensive plan to owners of property, or to persons who have a leasehold interest in property pursuant to which the person may extract metallic mineral resources in or on property, in which the allowable use or intensity of use of the property is changed by the comprehensive plan."
PLAN COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The Board of the Town of Garfield has designated the Town of Garfield Plan Commission to develop and review the comprehensive plan. The Plan Commission will adopt the plan by resolution and petition the Town Board to adopt the plan by resolution.
All meeting of the Town of Garfield Plan Commission will be posted in advance and open to the public in accordance with Wisconsin law. The agenda shall provide for comments from the general public.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION METHODS
PUBLIC ACCESS AND PUBLIC COMMENT ON DRAFT DOCUMENT
Wisconsin's open records law will be complied with in all cases. During the preparation of the comprehensive plan, a copy of the draft plan will be kept on file at the Town Hall and will be available for public inspection during normal office hours. The public is encouraged to submit written comments on the plan or any amendments of the plan. Written comments should be addressed tot he Town Clerk who will record the transmittal and forward copies of the comments to the Plan Commission or Town Board for consideration.
The Town Board shall respond to written comments either individually or collectively by type of comments. Town Board responses may be in the form of written or oral communications, or by a written summary of the Town's disposition of the comments on the comprehensive plan.
PLAN COMMISSION ADOPTION OF PLAN BY RESOLUTION
The Town of Garfield Plan Commission may recommend the adoption or amendment of the comprehensive plan only by the adoption of a resolution by a majority vote of the entire Commission at a regularly scheduled and publicly noticed meeting of the Plan Commission in accordance will s. 66.1001 (4)(b). The vote shall be recorded in the official minutes of the Plan Commission. The resolution shall refer to maps and other descriptive materials that relate to one or more elements of the Comprehensive Plan.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE RECCOMMENDED AND ADOPTED PLANS
In accordance with s. 66.1001 (4), Procedures for Adopting Comprehensive Plans, one copy of the recommended and adopted plan amendment shall be sent to the following:
ADOPTION OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BY TOWN BOARD
After adoption of a resolution by the Town of Garfield Plan Commission the Town Board will adopt the Comprehensive Plan by ordinance only after holding at least one public hearing at which the ordinance relating to the Comprehensive Plan is discussed. A majority vote of the members-elect is necessary for adoption. The hearing will be preceded by a Class I notice under ch. 985 that is published at least 30 days before the hearing is held. The Class I notice shall contain at least the following information:
Upon the day of publication of the public hearing notice, copies of the plan will be made available for public review at the nearest local library of the community and at the Garfield Town Hall. Written comments on the plan from members of the public will be accepted by the Town Board at any time prior to the public hearing and at the public hearing.
ADDITIONAL STEPS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
The Town of Garfield reserves the right to execute additional steps, means, or methods in order to gain additional public participation and/or additional understanding of the Comprehensive Plan and the process of its development and adoption. The optional steps may include, but are not limited to, informational memos, postcards, letters, posters, fliers, or web sites.
Where there is a conflict with these written procedures and provisions of s. 66.1001 (4), Procedures for Adopting a Comprehensive Plan, the state statute shall apply.
The Town Board may amend these procedures.