City of Monroe Comprehensive Plan 2015-2035

The Monroe Comprehensive Plan was collaboratively developed by community members in order to create a vibrant, thriving, and resilient Monroe for the 20 years to come. This extensive public input included Visioning Boards, a Visioning Kickoff Meeting, 14 Topic Meetings, and two Implementation Meetings. Together over 100 unique participants provided their experience and expertise during these public meetings. Additionally, a Community Survey was distributed that received over 570 responses — gaining input from 498 people who did not attend a public meeting for the comprehensive plan.

This planning process resulted in Goals, Objectives, and Strategies organized by topic areas. These topics include: Housing; Transportation; Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources; Culture, Creativity, and Community Resources; Economic Development and Agriculture; Utilities and Energy Management; and Land Use and the Built Environment. Additionally, there were four 'lenses' for this planning process. These are subjects that are integral to the wellbeing of Monroe and, due to their all-inclusive nature, were interwoven throughout the entire planning process. The lenses were: Health, Education, Inter/Intra-Governmental Cooperation, Youth Retention and Aging in Place.

Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission's client was the City of Monroe for this project. The partners were the Green County Development Corporation, Green County University of Wisconsin – Extension, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

The Monroe Comprehensive Plan received Bronze recognition, as an example of excellence in comprehensive planning, from the American Planning Association's Comprehensive Plan Standards Recognition Program Pilot. The plan will be formally recognized at the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City in May!

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