Plan Statute, Rule and Board Recommendations
Wis. Stats. Ch. 92
The Land and Water Resource Management Planning Program was created by section 92.10 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. The purpose of the program is to conserve soil and water resources of the state.
Each county in the state is required to develop a Land and Water Resource Management Plan. This plan must contain components specified in Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Administrative Rules (ATCP 50) to identify how local land conservation departments will implement soil and water conservation at the county level.
2004 Land and Water Conservation Board Recommendations (9 page PDF)
At the December 1, 2004 Land and Water Conservation Board meeting, the Board developed and approved recommendations to clarify land and water resource management plan components. Many of the recommendations reinforce the land and water resource management planning guidelines, and refer county staff to specific sections in the guidelines for more information.
2012 Land and Water Conservation Board Guidance
On February 27, 2012, the LWCB Board issued its final guidance (18 page PDF) that establishes the standards and a review process for 10 year plan approvals, 5 year reviews of plans approved for 10 years, and 5 year extensions of plans approved for 5 years. The guidance applies to all LWRM plans presented to the Board beginning April 2012.
In June 2012, the LWCB approved the use of the guidance checklist (2 page Word) as part of its standard operating procedures for counties presenting LWRM plans to the Board for recommendations of approval. The checklist will help the Board determine whether a county’s revised plan meets LWCB requirements for 10 year plan approval or a 5 year extension of a plan approved for 5 years. Counties must submit a completed checklist, along with other required materials, in advance of when they are scheduled to present their revised plans.
In December 2012, the LWCB approved use of these procedures for plan reschedules or extension requests
(3 page PDF) as part of its standard operating procedures for counties requesting an extension of their LWRM plans to coordinate planning activities with other county or departmental activities (for example, county comprehensive plan or farmland preservation program plan updates). The procedures will help the Board manage its agenda as counties take advantage of the opportunity to extend existing plans or write revised plans that can be approved for ten years, rather than the previous five. Counties must follow these procedures when they submit requests to either reschedule their plan approval requests to the LWCB, or request extensions of their plans.
For more information
Click here (1 page PDF) for more information on the statutory requirements of the Land Conservation Committees under the land and water resource management planning program and the planning process.