Public Participation

Public participation in government decision making is vital in our system of governance. While it is true that our elected officials were chosen to make decisions on behalf of the people they represent, it is also true that elected officials need to inform, be informed by, and interact with the public on an ongoing basis if their representation is to be meaningful. Regular and continuing involvement in government decision making is the very basis for the idea of citizenship. Public participation is likely to produce better decisions by utilizing the knowledge of the populace and by allocating part of the responsibility for formulating and implementing decisions to the citizens.

The City of Wisconsin Rapids is therefore committed to encouraging and facilitating public participation throughout the preparation, review, and adoption of the zoning code. The Common Council adopted a public participation plan on September 15, 2015, that enumerates how the public and others will be involved.

PDF icon 25x25 Adopted Public Participation Plan

Written Comments – Ongoing

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You are welcome to submit comments at any time during the process. Depending on when your comments are submitted, they will be shared with the most appropriate decision-makers. You can mail your comments to:

Adam Tegen, Director
Planning & Economic Development Department
City of Wisconsin Rapids
444 West Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-2780

You can also use the Contact Us page.

Contact Us

Kick-off Meeting with Planning Commission – Done

The consultant will give a short presentation to the Planning Commission soon after the start of the project to confirm the goals of the project, review public participation procedures, and review the timeline for the project.

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 Scoping Session – Done

The consultant conducted a workshop for the Planning Commission and the general public that will focus on identifying issues that need to be addressed in the new zoning code. After that initial exercise, we will work with the workshop participants to identify and evaluate alternative solutions to the key issues. The purpose of this exercise is to develop consensus on what needs to be addressed in the rewrite and sufficient direction to begin drafting the zoning ordinance.

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Planning Commission Work Sessions – In Progress

The Planning Commission will work with the consultant in the drafting of the new zoning code. All of these meetings are workings sessions and are open to the public. Public comments can be offered at the beginning of each meeting.

Interactive Zoning Code – To do

As part of the public participation process, the consultant will post the proposed zoning code on ZoningHub, an interactive web platform. Users will be able to easily find out how their property could be zoned along with all of the key standards including:zhubG3.25_transp 185 wide

  • dimensional standards,
  • permitted land uses,
  • procedures to move ahead with a project, and
  • much more.
Learn About ZoningHub

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Open House – To do, but not soon

As the proposed zoning code takes final form, the Planning Commission  will host an open house to provide an informal forum for residents, property owners, and others to learn more and to offer their suggestions and comments. Poster sessions will be used to describe the code and what it is intended to accomplish. A formal presentation will be given to highlight the key aspects of the proposed code.

Comments collected from this session will be organized and submitted to the Planning Commission for review and consideration. The open house will likely be held on a weekday from late afternoon into the evening hours to fit the schedule of more residents. Residents tend to like this format because they are able to focus in on those areas that interest them and have their questions answered quickly and efficiently.  As the date draws closer, we’ll publicize the time and date for the open house.

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Public Hearing – To do, but not soon

Towards the end of the process, the Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to formally accept public input on the proposed zoning code.