1933 attempt to control sprawl?
Those interested in
planning, in filling, sprawl and density issues should take
Outside this courthouse in Rhinelander, WI. I saw a historic sign.
See photos and my
in favor of mixed use zoning.
Sign says, at least
as I bicycled through.
County Zoning Ordinance, adopted May 16, 1933, was the first
rural zoning ordinance in the United States. In the early 1930's,
most northern Wisconsin counties were in financial difficulties.
The Onelda County board of supervisors resolved the costs of
school children, and the construction and maintenance of new roads, by
adopting a zoning ordinance prohibiting settlement in remote
The purpose was to promote public health, safety, and welfare, and to
restrict and determine the areas within the county where various
could be conducted.
ordinance became a model
for other counties in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.
It was a new concept in rural land management. It demonstrated
careful planning by local people, involving joint decisions with many
of the county, state and Federal Governments, is essential for wise use
of our natural resources.
April 10 2004
I have a theory
to separate residential from industrial use is somewhat obsolete.
It came from a time when industry was dirtier. Modern pollution
means that industry can be a friendlier neighbor, next door. It
be cleaner than the automobiles needed to drive across the city to
Walk to work. Have the workplace close to home.