The most complete planning legislation in Wisconsin’s history was enacted in 1999. The legislation provides communities with the framework to develop a comprehensive plan as a tool to guide future growth. As of January 1, 2010, all communities that make land use decisions, including zoning and subdivision ordinances, need to base those decisions on their adopted comprehensive plan.
The Baldwin Town Board, with assistance from the St. Croix County Planning & Zoning Department and in conjunction with four other towns in St. Croix County, entered into a joint planning effort, the Heartland Project, to write a comprehensive plan for Baldwin and the other four towns. The Baldwin Town Board adopted the Heartland Plan on May 4, 2006.
The Executive Summary of the Town of Baldwin’s Comprehensive Plan for 2005-2025 includes the town’s vision statement; public input; history; future population, housing and land use projections; goals, objectives and policies for the following planning elements: utilities and community facilities, transportation, housing, economic development, agriculture, natural resources, cultural resources intergovernmental cooperation and land use; and the implementation of those goals, objectives and policies. These items plus additional background data and information for each of the plan elements is available in the complete Heartland Comprehensive Plan document.