City of Wausau
Comprehensive Plan

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The City of Wausau Comprehensive Plan is a compilation of historical data and community created goals, objectives, policies, and programs that will guide future planning and community decisions for a 20-year period, with a statutory update every 10-years. Comprehensive plans incorporate a twenty-year vision and provide a rational basis for local land use decisions.

The comprehensive plan law (§66.1001 WI Stats. Adobe PDF 114 KB) defines the contents of a local comprehensive plan, which has nine chapters—Issues & Opportunities; Natural, Cultural, & Agricultural Resources; Housing; Transportation; Economic Development; Land Use; Utilities & Community Facilities; Intergovernmental Cooperation; and Implementation. Population, housing, and land use projections are also required in 5-year increments for 20 years. Locally created goals, objectives, and policies are also part of each comprehensive plan chapter.

According to §66.1001 WI Stats., if a town, village, city, or county engages in official mapping, subdivision regulation, or zoning, those actions must be consistent with that community's comprehensive plan.


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Wausau Comprehensive Plan 2017 Adobe PDF 6.0 MB
Adopted plan.
Download maps below:
1 - Location Adobe PDF 240 KB
2 - Natural Resources Adobe PDF 4.6 MB
3 - Soils Adobe PDF 700 KB
4 - Transportation Adobe PDF 900 KB
5 - Metro Ride Bus Routes Adobe PDF 680 KB
6 - Utilities & Community Facilities Adobe PDF 930 KB
7 - Historic Districts & Landmarks Adobe PDF 450 KB
8 - Land Use Adobe PDF 2.0 MB
9 - Annexations Adobe PDF 750 KB
10 - Tax Exempt Adobe PDF 760 KB
11 - Future Land Use Adobe PDF 1.5 MB
12 - Planning Area Adobe PDF 1.4 MB

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 North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission