News and Notices – Winter 2015

Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Winter/Spring 2015 WisLine Series

The Local Government Center is offering the following series of WisLine teleconferences focused on local land use planning and zoning:

  • January 14: Updating Your Comprehensive Plan
  • February 11: Shoreland Zoning Update
  • March 11: Case Studies in Local Non-Metallic Mining Regulation
  • April 8: Case Law and Legislative Update
  • May 13: Site Planning Fundamentals

Each 90-minute teleconference will be held on the second Wednesday of each month starting at 10:30 am. To register online follow the link at or register by phone at (608) 262-0810. The cost to participate (including a PDF of materials) is $20 per WisLine. For additional information on the programs please visit the Center’s website at or call the Local Government Center at (608) 262-9960. Live attendance qualifies for Continuing Maintenance (CM) credit issued by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation.

October In-Service for Extension Community Resource County Educators

An important part of the Center’s work is building the interest and confidence of county-based UWEX educators to work directly with their local government officials. In October, 24 educators participated in a two-day program that included presentations on the role of local government in economic development, public engagement, the GREAT software, and tools and concepts for local government basics. Those in attendance indicated significant increase in comfort with the subject matter, interest in becoming more engaged in local government programming and value for the experience.

Electronic Meetings and Public Records in Spanish Fact Sheets added to the Center’s online resources

Dan Hill recently added a fact sheet on Electronic Meetings to the items available for download on the LGC website. If your local government body is considering meeting by telephone or Skype, Dan has laid out the pros and cons based on applicable statutes, the attorney general’s opinion and other considerations. (For example, it’s easier to misunderstand the speaker if you can’t see facial expression or body language). The Center’s fact sheets address topics familiar to officials who actually put into practice things like Wisconsin’s Open Meeting and Public Records laws, Parliamentary Procedure, and property assessment.

Women in Government

Anyone involved with local government across the state of Wisconsin could tell you that women are not well represented on county, city, village and town boards. What influences political ambition? How does political ambition differ among men and women? Can anything be done about it? During the coming year, Victoria Solomon, Green County UW-Extension, and Local Government Center Specialists Jenny Erickson and Dan Hill hope to uncover the answers to these and other related questions. They hope this will lead to useful information that community leaders can use to increase the numbers of women running for and holding positions on local government boards and councils.

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