History: 1999 a. 9
The department shall:
Promote the use of wind energy systems. “Wind energy system" means equipment which converts and then transfers or stores energy from the wind into usable forms of energy.
Gather and disseminate information on wind characteristics and the economic feasibility of using wind energy systems in the state.
Offer assistance to persons interested in installing a wind energy conversion system.
Train University of Wisconsin-Extension staff to assist persons interested in siting wind energy conversion systems.
Publish a list, at intervals not to exceed 6 months, of reputable manufacturers and distributors of wind energy conversion systems in the upper midwest region of the United States.
History: 1987 a. 142
; 2001 a. 103
The department of administration shall periodically make population estimates and projections. These population determinations shall be deemed to be the official state population estimates and projections. These determinations shall be used for all official estimate and projection purposes, except where otherwise directed by statute, but do not supersede s. 990.01 (29)
. The department shall:
Annually make estimates of the current number of persons residing in each municipality and county of the state, and periodically make projections of the anticipated future population of the state, counties and municipalities.
Prepare population estimates for purposes of state revenue sharing distribution under ch. 79
. For this purpose:
On or before August 10 of each year, the department shall make its preliminary population determinations and shall notify the clerk of each municipality and county of its preliminary population determinations. The reference date for all population determinations for state shared revenue distribution purposes shall be January 1.
Municipalities and counties believing that population determinations under par. (a)
are based upon incorrect information may, no later than September 15 of the same year in which the determination is made, challenge the determination by filing their specific objections, and evidence in support thereof, with the department. If the challenge is denied by the department, the municipality or county may appeal the denial, by October 1 of the same year, by notifying the department that the appellant intends to have a special census conducted by the U.S. bureau of the census in support of the appeal under par. (dm)
On or before October 10 of each year, the department shall make any necessary adjustments in its population determinations for the November distribution, and shall notify the clerk of any affected municipality or county of these adjustments. The adjusted population determinations shall be consistent with the methods used statewide for population determinations, and adjustments from the August 10 population determinations shall be made only to accommodate corrected information.
The July preliminary distribution shall be based on the final population determination of the previous year.
Except as authorized in pars. (dm)
, the population determinations shall be based upon the last previous federal decennial or special census or other official statewide census and shall take into consideration growth rates of municipalities.
The results of special censuses conducted for municipalities and counties under contract with the U.S. bureau of the census shall be used as a basis for the respective population determinations on August 10 if the final certified results of such censuses are received by the department before July 1 in the year in which the determination is made. The results of special censuses conducted for municipalities and counties under contract with the U.S. bureau of the census shall be used as a basis for the respective population determinations on October 10 if the final certified results of such censuses are received by the department before October 1 in the year in which the determination is made. If a municipality or county notifies the department in writing by October 1 of its intention to contract for a special census with the U.S. bureau of the census in support of a challenge to the August 10 population determination, and if the final certified results of such a special census are received by the department before July 15 in the following year, the department shall adjust the preceding October 10 population estimate to reflect the results of the special census. If a municipality or county notifies the department of its intention to contract for a special census but the results are not received by July 15 in the following year, the department may use the best information from the most recent federal census. The department shall report the adjusted population determination to the department of revenue before August 1 of the year subsequent to the challenge. The department shall prorate census results for census dates occurring after the reference date of any population determination back to the reference date of the estimate for all municipalities and counties under par. (a)
. Upon receiving an adjusted population determination, the department of revenue shall correct shared revenue distributions under subch. I of ch. 79
according to s. 79.08
. If a municipality contracts with the U.S. bureau of the census for a special census, the municipality shall assure that the results of such special census are certified to the department not later than 30 days after the release of the census results by the U.S. bureau of the census.
Before August 1 of the year following the year in which a federal decennial census is taken, the department shall adjust the October 10 population determinations of the decennial census year to correspond to the final federal decennial census results as reported to an agency of the state by the U.S. bureau of the census under 13 USC 141
(c). The department may use preliminary results from the decennial census for any municipality or a county for which the final results are not available before August 1 of the year following the decennial census year. The department shall prorate each population determination adjustment from the decennial census date back to the reference date of the estimate for all municipalities and counties under par. (a)
in the decennial census year. The department shall report the adjusted population determination to the department of revenue before August 1 of the year following the federal decennial census year. Upon receiving an adjusted population determination, the department of revenue shall correct shared revenue distributions under subch. I of ch. 79
according to s. 79.08
Persons who are members in the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King shall be considered residents of the town of Farmington and of Waupaca County, persons who are members in the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls shall be considered residents of the city of Chippewa Falls and of Chippewa County, and persons who are members in the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove shall be considered residents of the town of Dover and of Racine County for purposes of the state revenue sharing distribution under subch. I of ch. 79
Establish a demographic services center for the purpose of developing and administering systems needed to carry out the functions of the department under subs. (1)
, maintaining a current repository of appropriate published and computer retrievable federal census information and cooperating with state agencies and regional planning agencies so that the department's population estimates, projections and published reports are useful for planning and other purposes for which they are required. The center shall coordinate population information development and use. The center shall provide assistance to and encourage and coordinate efforts by state and local agencies, regional planning agencies and private businesses and associations to inform the public regarding the federal census process and the importance of obtaining a complete, accurate federal decennial census. The department may enter into agreements with state and local agencies or regional planning agencies for their assistance in the preparation of population estimates, projections and forecasts.
Maintain and keep current throughout the decade the maps of congressional and legislative district boundaries received from the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (1) (a) 6.
and provide copies thereof to the elections commission.
Serve as the state's liaison to the U.S. bureau of the census to facilitate accurate federal decennial census counts in this state.
See also s. Adm 3.01
, Wis. adm. code.
Planning grants to local governmental units. 16.965(1)(a)
“Local governmental unit" means a county, city, village, town or regional planning commission.
“Smart growth area" means an area that will enable the development and redevelopment of lands with existing infrastructure and municipal, state and utility services, where practicable, or that will encourage efficient development patterns that are both contiguous to existing development and at densities that have relatively low municipal, state governmental and utility costs.
From the appropriations under s. 20.505 (1) (cm)
, the department may provide grants to local governmental units to be used to finance the cost of planning activities, including contracting for planning consultant services, public planning sessions and other planning outreach and educational activities, or for the purchase of computerized planning data, planning software or the hardware required to utilize that data or software. The department shall require any local governmental unit that receives a grant under this section to finance a percentage of the cost of the product or service to be funded by the grant from the resources of the local governmental unit. The department shall determine the percentage of the cost to be funded by a local governmental unit based on the number of applications for grants and the availability of funding to finance grants for the fiscal year in which grants are to be provided. A local governmental unit that desires to receive a grant under this subsection shall file an application with the department. The application shall contain a complete statement of the expenditures proposed to be made for the purposes of the grant. No local governmental unit is eligible to receive a grant under this subsection unless the local governmental unit agrees to utilize the grant to finance planning for all of the purposes specified in s. 66.1001 (2)
In determining whether to approve a proposed grant, preference shall be accorded to applications of local governmental units that contain all of the following elements:
Planning efforts that address the interests of overlapping or neighboring jurisdictions.
Planning efforts that contain a specific description of the means by which all of the following local, comprehensive planning goals will be achieved:
Promotion of the redevelopment of lands with existing infrastructure and public services and the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing residential, commercial and industrial structures.
Encouragement of neighborhood designs that support a range of transportation choices.
Protection of natural areas, including wetlands, wildlife habitats, lakes, woodlands, open spaces and groundwater resources.
Protection of economically productive areas, including farmland and forests.
Encouragement of land uses, densities and regulations that promote efficient development patterns and relatively low municipal, state governmental and utility costs.
Preservation of cultural, historic and archaeological sites.
Encouragement of coordination and cooperation among nearby units of government.
Building of community identity by revitalizing main streets and enforcing design standards.
Providing an adequate supply of affordable housing for individuals of all income levels throughout each community.
Providing adequate infrastructure and public services and an adequate supply of developable land to meet existing and future market demand for residential, commercial and industrial uses.
Promoting the expansion or stabilization of the current economic base and the creation of a range of employment opportunities at the state, regional and local levels.
Balancing individual property rights with community interests and goals.
Planning and development of land uses that create or preserve varied and unique urban and rural communities.
Providing an integrated, efficient and economical transportation system that affords mobility, convenience and safety and that meets the needs of all citizens, including transit-dependent and disabled citizens.
Planning efforts that identify smart growth areas.
Planning efforts, including subsequent updates and amendments, that include development of implementing ordinances, including ordinances pertaining to zoning, subdivisions and land division.
Planning efforts for which completion is contemplated within 30 months of the date on which a grant would be awarded.
Planning efforts that provide opportunities for public participation throughout the planning process.
The department may, upon application, grant a local governmental unit that has received a grant under sub. (2)
and that has not adopted a comprehensive plan under s. 66.1001
an extension of time to adopt a comprehensive plan. During the period of the extension, the local governmental unit shall be exempt from the requirements under s. 66.1001 (3)
See also ch. Adm 48
, Wis. adm. code.
Challenges to “Smart Growth": State Legislative Approaches to Comprehensive Growth Planning and the Local Government Issue. Yajnik. 2004 WLR 229.
Transportation planning grants to local governmental units. 16.9651(1)(1)
In this section, “local governmental unit" means a county, city, village, town or regional planning commission.
From the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (z)
, the department may provide grants to local governmental units to be used to finance the cost of planning activities related to the transportation element, as described in s. 66.1001 (2) (c)
, of a comprehensive plan, as defined in s. 66.1001 (1) (a)
, including contracting for planning consultant services, public planning sessions, and other planning outreach and educational activities, or for the purchase of computerized planning data, planning software, or the hardware required to utilize that data or software. The department may require any local governmental unit that receives a grant under this section to finance not more than 25 percent of the cost of the product or service to be funded by the grant from the resources of the local governmental unit. Prior to awarding a grant under this section, the department shall forward a detailed statement of the proposed expenditures to be made under the grant to the secretary of transportation and obtain his or her written approval of the proposed expenditures.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 30
See also ch. Adm 48
, Wis. adm. code.
Geographic information systems.
The department may develop and maintain geographic information systems relating to land in this state for the use of governmental and nongovernmental units.
Land information program. 16.967(1)(b)
“Land information" means any physical, legal, economic, or environmental information or characteristics concerning land, water, groundwater, subsurface resources, or air in this state. “Land information" includes information relating to topography, soil, soil erosion, geology, minerals, vegetation, land cover, wildlife, associated natural resources, land ownership, land use, land use controls and restrictions, jurisdictional boundaries, tax assessment, land value, land survey records and references, geodetic control networks, aerial photographs, maps, planimetric data, remote sensing data, historic and prehistoric sites, and economic projections.
“Land information system" means an orderly method of organizing and managing land information and land records.
“Land records" means maps, documents, computer files, and any other information storage medium in which land information is recorded.
“Systems integration" means land information that is housed in one jurisdiction or jurisdictional subunit and is available to other jurisdictions, jurisdictional subunits, public utilities, and other private sector interests.
Duties of department.
The department shall direct and supervise the land information program and serve as the state clearinghouse for access to land information. In addition, the department shall:
Provide technical assistance and advice to state agencies and local governmental units with land information responsibilities.
Maintain and distribute an inventory of land information available for this state, land records available for this state, and land information systems.
Prepare guidelines to coordinate the modernization of land records and land information systems.
Provide standards for the preparation of countywide plans for land records modernization under s. 59.72 (3) (b)
, including a list of minimum elements to be addressed in the plan.
Review project applications received under sub. (7)
and determine which projects are approved.
Establish an implementation plan for a statewide digital parcel map.
The department shall identify and study possible program revenue sources or other revenue sources for the purpose of funding the operations of the land information program, including grants to counties under sub. (7)
By March 31 of each year, the department of administration, the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, the department of safety and professional services, the department of health services, the department of natural resources, the department of tourism, the department of revenue, the department of transportation, the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, the public service commission, and the board of curators of the historical society shall each submit to the department a plan to integrate land information to enable such information to be readily translatable, retrievable, and geographically referenced for use by any state, local governmental unit, or public utility. Upon receipt of this information, the department shall integrate the information to enable the information to be used to meet land information data needs. The integrated information shall be readily translatable, retrievable, and geographically referenced to enable members of the public to use the information.
No later than January 1, 2017, the department shall submit to the members of the joint committee on finance a report on the progress in developing a statewide digital parcel map.
A county board that has established a county land information office under s. 59.72 (3)
may apply to the department on behalf of any local governmental unit, as defined in s. 59.72 (1) (c)
, located wholly or partially within the county for a grant for any of the following projects, except that a county shall complete the project under subd. 1.
and make public records in the land information system accessible on the Internet before the county may expend any grant moneys under this paragraph for any other purpose:
The design, development, and implementation of a land information system that contains and integrates, at a minimum, property and ownership records with boundary information, including a parcel identifier referenced to the U.S. public land survey; tax and assessment information; soil surveys, if available; wetlands identified by the department of natural resources; a modern geodetic reference system; current zoning restrictions; and restrictive covenants.
The preparation of parcel property maps that refer boundaries to the public land survey system and are suitable for use by local governmental units for accurate land title boundary line or land survey line information.
In coordination with the department, the creation, maintenance, or updating of a digital parcel map.
The preparation of maps that include a statement documenting accuracy if the maps do not refer boundaries to the public land survey system and that are suitable for use by local governmental units for planning purposes.