Draft - Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Marcellon is currently working on a 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Marcellon Smart Growth planning members have developed the following guidelines subject to Town approval:

 

Jane Stracke, Chairperson
Phone: 1-608-429-9522


  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 1.0 - Issues & Opportunities
The planning process involves a Comprehensive Plan document, an existing land use map, a set of future land use maps, and a proposed zoning map. This element describes the Town of Marcellon and identifies significant demographic trends.

  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 2.0 - Housing
This element considers the number of units available for Marcellon residents and specific conditions of that housing supply which may affect its suitability for the future. This is critical to population growth and can influence future habitation.

  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 3.0—Transportation
Transportation provides for the transport of goods and people into, out from, and within the Town. The transportation system contains multiple modes involving air, land, and water transport.

  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 4.0: Utilities & Community Facilities
This element includes existing facilities, including sewer and water, storm water management, solid waste & recycling, parks, utilities, cemeteries, health and child care facilities, police, fire & rescue, libraries, schools, and other public properties.

  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 5.0: Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources
Items covered in this element include ground water, woodlands, prime agricultural areas, environmentally sensitive areas, threatened and endangered species, stream corridors and surface water, floodplains, wetlands, natural and historical resources.

  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 6.0 Economic Development
This element identifies economic characteristics and trends in the Town of Marcellon. The intent is to identify opportunities as well as deficiencies in the Town’s economic base in and effort to promote stabilization, retention, and economic expansion.

  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 7.0: Intergovernmental Cooperation
This element identifies activities in the Town of Marcellon that are associated with intergovernmental cooperation. This includes arrangements made through other governmental jurisdictions and coordination of their plans, policies, and programs.

  Graphic of Marcellon Countryside taken by Helen Rawson
  Element 8.0: Land Use
Examination and analysis of existing land use trends within the Town provide a means to forecast how land will likely be used in the future. The main function of this element is to guide future land uses in a manner compatible with other Plan goals & objectives.

The Town of Marcellon 2030 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to be completed and approved by the local community on or before January 2010. All community members are encouraged to attend and participate in our Smart Growth Planning Groups’ monthly meetings.

The result of this planning process is the Marcellon 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The vision, goals, objectives, and policies stated in this document reflect the deliberations of the Town of Marcellon Town Board and Planning Commission, based upon the comments and opinions expressed by the people in the Town of Marcellon. References made to specific State, County, and other governmental plans and programs do not imply endorsement of such plans and programs, but are presented for background and reference only.

Development in the Town of Marcellon consists of hundreds of decisions each year by unrelated individuals about how the land is to be used. Generally these decisions conform to tradition, but each has the potential to conflict with neighboring uses and each represents a step toward the land use pattern for the future. Without a plan, landowners have no guidance in making land use decisions and property owners have no protection from decisions that may not be in their best interest.