News and Notices – Winter 2014

“Local Land Use Planning and Zoning” Teleconferences Start January 2014

The Local Government Center’s WisLine series on Local Land Use and Planning runs from January through May 2014. All five of these teleconferences are from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. To register, follow the link at, or call 608-262-0810.

State Programs Update

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Find out the latest developments in state programs that impact local land use planning and decision-making. Presented by Keith Foye and Alison Volk, Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Deborah Erwin, Public Service Commission and others.

Annexation Basics

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This program addresses the basics of annexation process and policy, as well as alternatives to address annexation demands. Presented by Philip Freeburg, J.D., UW-Extension Local Government Center

Local Land Use Regulation and Mining

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This program covers considerations for reasonable and effective local regulation of nonmetallic mining. Local ordinances impacting metallic mining will also be addressed. Presented by Paul Kent, J.D., Attorney, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP and others.

Public Trust Doctrine

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The public trust doctrine is a body of law which provides that the state holds title to navigable waters in trust for public purposes. Find out more about current developments associated with this legal concept which touches most Wisconsin communities in some way. Presented by Melissa Scanlan, J.D., Vermont Law School, formerly University of Wisconsin Law School

Law and Legislative Update

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review the latest Wisconsin Court decisions, legislation, and other developments related to land use planning and implementation. Presented by Brian W. Ohm, J.D., Land Use Law Specialist, UW-Madison-Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning; Richard Stadelman, J.D., Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) continuing education and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation have been applied for. Live attendance qualifies for credit. To register, follow the link at , or  call 608-262-0810.

In Memoriam: Ken Nelson

We at the Local Government Center remain deeply saddened by the news of Ken Nelson’s passing on November 26, 2013. Ken assisted in the formation of the Local Government Center over 20 years ago, and served as co-director until his retirement. Ken helped guide many UW-Extension faculty and local governments. It was an honor to be a part of his life.

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