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City of Rhinelander
Comprehensive Plan, 2016

The City of Rhinelander 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. 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 113 KB) defines the contents of a local comprehensive plan, which has nine required chapters (Rhinelander's Plan has 10 chapters):

  1. Background & Demographics;
  2. Natural, Cultural, & Agricultural Resources;
  3. Housing;
  4. Utilities & Community Facilities;
  5. Technology (added chapter)
  6. Transportation;
  7. Economic Development;
  8. Land Use;
  9. Intergovernmental Cooperation; and
  10. 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.


Other recent Rhinelnader Planning Efforts

  • 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
  • "Downtown Plan"
  • 2012 Safe Routes To School Plan


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Rhinelander Comprehensive Plan, 2016 Adobe PDF 1.8 MB

Adopted in December 2016.

Download maps and appendicies below:



1—Natural Resources Adobe PDF 1.8 MB
2—Utilities & Community Facilities Adobe PDF 800 KB
3—Transportation Adobe PDF 780 KB
3A—Downtown Area Transportation Adobe PDF 530 KB
4—Existing Land Use Adobe PDF 2.1 MB
4A—Existing Land Use Inset Map Adobe PDF 1.2 MB
5—Future Land Use Adobe PDF 2.5 MB
5A—Future Land Use Inset Map Adobe PDF 1.0 MB


Appendix A—Public Participation Plan Adobe PDF 140 KB
Appendix B—Adoption Resolution and Ordinance Adobe PDF 290 KB
Appendix C—Road Ratings Adobe PDF 500 KB

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 North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission