Smart Growth, 10 Years Later

Wisconsin looks back at tens years with a smart growth law in effect, with most critics calling it a success with some room for improvement.

Members of the Wisconsin Builders Association and the Wisconsin Realtors Association met on the tenth anniversary of the signing of the law to reflect on its success. Implementation is just beginning, but most agree that the groundwork is properly laid.

John Torinus writes, "The drafting of the comprehensive plans at the local level over the past 10 years benefited greatly from the improved level of public participation and from making planning "more proactive instead of reactive," he said.

Nearly 90% of the counties, cities, villages and towns met the Jan. 1 deadline for completing their comprehensive Smart Growth plans. "

Full Story: Smart Growth at 10 seems a success

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