Monday, October 18, 2021

Town Comp Plan

The Town of Springfield Comprehensive Plan helps the Town preserve farmland and guide the amount, location, and quality of development over the next 20 years. The goal of the Plan is to preserve the rural, agricultural lifestyle within Springfield through careful planning, design, and placement of land uses; limited, clustered development in planned agricultural areas; community-sensitive regional transportation solutions; and intergovernmental cooperation to manage growth.

The Comprehensive Plan updates and replaces the Town’s Land Use Plan and meets all requirements of the State’s “Smart Growth” and Farmland Preservation laws. The Comprehensive Plan was prepared following over a year of study by the Town and several public input opportunities. The public voiced strong support that the Plan should help preserve farmland, protect rural character, and direct development to planned areas.

The resulting Comprehensive Plan document includes seven chapters and three appendices covering topics like land use, transportation, agricultural and natural resources, housing, intergovernmental cooperation, and implementation.

Future Land Use map

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Notice is hereby given that the Town Plan Commission and Town Board and of the Town of Springfield will hold public hearings at 7:30 p.m. on July 12thJuly 20th, 2021, respectively.  The hearings will be held at the Town of Springfield Hall; 6157 County Highway P; Springfield, WI 53529-9760.

The public hearings will be held to gather public input on a proposed amendment to the Town of Springfield Comprehensive Plan.  The proposed amendment is to the Plan’s Map 7: Future Land Use, on which portions of tax parcels 0808-181-8500-9, 0808-181-9000-2, 0808-181-8000-4 would be redesignated to “Rural Neighborhood Area” and “Conservancy” to facilitate a potential residential subdivision plat.  Such parcels are part of the Joseph Meier farm at 5827 County Highway P.  The proposed amendment is available on the HERE or at the Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays thru Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays.  Written comments should be submitted to the Town Clerk at dianah@town.springfield.wi.us, who will forward them to the Plan Commission and Board.

Dated this 16th day of June, 2021

COMP PLAN AMENDMENT re:  SOLAR FIELD SITING

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE 2021-02
APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE 2019 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD, DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN TO ADDRESS SOLAR FIELD SITING

Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 60.80, the Town of Springfield, Dane County, Wisconsin, hereby posts notice that at its regular Town Board Meeting held on April 8, 2021, the Town Board enacted Ordinance 2021-02:  APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE 2019 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD, DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN TO ADDRESS SOLAR FIELD SITING.

The update develops policies for solar field proposals, including ensuring that solar fields are not sited: on the best farm soils; on lands intended for non-agricultural development; within viewsheds of residential and recreational areas, or Highway 12; and, distant from existing transmission lines. The amendment indicates how many splits are utilized for solar producing acreage and includes provisions to minimize the possibility for obsolete or abandoned equipment being left in place in the future.