Preface to the Second Edition
Housing Wisconsin: A Guide to Preparing the Housing Element of a Local Comprehensive Plan
was originally published in 2000. Following the recodification of Chapter 66 of theWisconsin Statutes, the statutory citations in the guide were updated for a secondprinting in March 2001. This second edition to the guide incorporates several modifi-cations to the earlier edition. Overall, the content of the guide remains the same as theearlier edition. The modifications are as follows:
First, the guide was reformatted to create an electronic version that will beeasier to access via the internet than the earlier edition.
Second, numerous minor editorial changes were made to correct typographi-cal errors, update world wide web site addresses and other references, and toprovide for a more consistent writing style throughout the document.
Third, three items have been added to the
. These documents areintended to be “tear outs” – practical tools that communities engaged in devel-oping their housing element can copy and use.
Finally, the second edition incorporates examples from housing elements thatappear in comprehensive plans recently prepared by communities in Wiscon-sin and some other states.Based on a review of some of the recently prepared comprehensive plans for Wisconsincommunities, it appears that many communities are struggling to develop meaningfulhousing plans. It is hoped that this edition of the guide will encourage more innovationin the development of the Housing Element.At the time of publication, some of the agencies referred to in this edition of the
Hous- ing Guide
are in transition and contact information may change. If you are trying totrack down agencies, departments, or specific information, useful resources include:
the State of Wisconsin website at
University of Wisconsin-Extension offices
Regional Planning Commission offices
(see Appendix D).