Farmland Preservation

Farmland Preservation and Working Lands Initiative


Webinar: Farmland Preservation Zoning Overlay & Base Farm Tract Alternatives – June 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

This webinar will highlight two innovative approaches to farmland preservation zoning.  Ryan Brown, planning and zoning director for Waupaca County,  will discuss the county’s farmland preservation overlay district. This will be the first overlay district that DATCP has certified. Kevin Struck, growth management educator for Sheboygan County UW-Extension, will discuss the Town of Sherman's recently certified ordinance using a base farm tract alternative under ATCP 49.23.

You can join the webinar at this link: More information will be distributed as it becomes available.  


ATCP 49:  Farmland Preservation Program rule

The Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative was signed into law in 2009 and is comprised of the following three programs:   
  • Farmland Preservation Program
  • Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) Program
  • Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program
The Working Lands Initiative was developed with the assistance of the Working Lands Steering Committee.


    Biennial Program Reports
    Under Wisconsin Act 28, DATCP, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, must report to the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Department of Administration on farmland preservation by Dec. 31, 2011 and biennially thereafter.
    Transfer of Development Rights -- Recorded November 13, 2014
    TDR is a tool that local governments can use to protect farmland while encouraging nonagricultural development in places where it is more compatible. A TDR is enacted by local ordinance. Presenters: Bob Wagner of American Farmland Trust and representatives from Wisconsin towns that have adopted TDR programs