LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENT
Scattered, land-consumptive development is bringing about the deterioration and loss of open lands, watersheds, forests, ecosystems and species. This sort of development threatens the traditional historic character of our communities and countryside, which is a major contributor to our quality of life, heritage and economic viability. Encouraging compact development and redevelopment of existing sites can avoid further encroachment on diminishing land and natural resources, helping to safeguard these for future generations as well as for ourselves.
Objective: Conservation and Compact Development DesignIntroduce conservation development design standards and incentives into plans and ordinances used to review development projects to increase open space and reduce development infrastructure construction and maintenance cost.
Objective: Water Resource ManagementRecognize the value of water as a resource and manage it to protect surface water, watersheds, and wetlands, prevent increased flooding, preserve groundwater resources, maintain natural hydrology, and improve water quality. For more information, visit Managing Storm Water.
Performance MeasureInfiltrate 25% of post development runoff in residential areas or 10% of post development runoff from commercial sites based on the 2-year, 24-hour storm design.
Objective: Sustainable Development StandardsDevelop regulatory guidelines, standards, and incentives for sustainable development, including those for LEED certification. For more information on regulatory guidelines, visit Planning and Zoning.
Objective: Educate for SustainabilityEducate the development community, municipal officials, and the general public to be good stewards of the land by recognizing and accepting the long range benefits of conservation development design concepts, preserving our natural resources, protecting water quality, establishing affordable housing in the community, and implementing and utilizing regulatory incentives to foster sustainable development.
Safeguarding important lands, water, wetlands, soil, forests as natural ecosystems also helps to preserve the productivity and diversity of life upon which human life and well-being depends. We need to educate the public about our environment and ways to protect it and responsibly use and sustain it.
Groundwater is a major concern in Waukesha County and over-pumping is occurring in the Waukesha region. Water conservation initiatives along with infiltration practices and rain gardens are needed for a more balanced natural system. Educating the citizens for greater understanding of our water resources is a critical component to protecting and restoring them.
Reducing the amount of wastes and by-products reduces the likelihood of pollution while also reducing disposal problems and related costs for communities and businesses alike. Communities and businesses that make use of their own or each other’s excess energy, water, and materials by-products can reduce or eliminate disposal and pollution problems and save, if not generate, significant revenues. Municipalities as well as the public need information and support to promote recycling and waste reduction.
For information on building a green home, visit Wisconsin TrendHome.
Objective: Water Conservation and AwarenessWork to promote water conservation and awareness of groundwater issues through active participation in the Water Conservation Coalition.
Performance MeasureIncrease the number of businesses participating in self-assessment and the average water savings generated per business.
Objective: Rain GardensPromote the installation of rain gardens by homeowners, schools and other groups to reduce storm water runoff and provide more infiltration of water into the ground.
Performance MeasureInstall six rain gardens per year through the Graham Martin Foundation grant.
Objective: Waste Reduction and RecyclingPromote waste reduction and recycling to municipal staff and policy makers, businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, and the public. For more information, visit Recycling and Solid Waste.
Objective: Develop Long-range Plan for Residential Recycling Collection and Processing
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