Saturday, May 8, 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

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.