Individual Comments

Sawyer County
Economic Summit
November 9, 2005

 

Vision Theme

Action
Item

 

Realistic HELP for entrepreneurs – not just talk.

P/C

Establish a forum that promotes better integration between county and town governments.

P/C

Encourage the development of long range plans for all levels of government (impacts on property ownership, affordability).

NR

Investigate renewable resources for electric power (wind) incinerator for garbage for power.  Cooperation between local (municipal government) and DNR and county zoning

SD

Plan and collaborate to improve life for all people in Sawyer County (mainly the elderly.  Retirement community on the water (assisted living).

 

Human services.  Affordable housing.  Family values.  In thinking about needed changes, it seems that some absolutes are being lost sight of.  The ten commands are a great God given relational idea.  There is a lot of debate about these commandments.  Some do not want them around as the supreme authority.  I think the trouble in lots of government decision is what is called absolutophobia – fear of the absolutes.  We, some of us, want political correctness.  This crowds out a real good focus on family values and other good things.

SD

Develop local talent, skills.  Tap local money, get the retired people to invest their money to develop businesses and jobs.  No change means death.

NR

List the natural resources of the county flora, fauna, minerals, water, soil.  Use the resources, don’t just look at them.  Develop on how to use the resources and keep the environment healthy.

P/C

County board, tribal council, town boards work together to develop a county, regional vision.  Work for the good of the county, not their own opinion, pull together.  (Check egos at the door.)

 

Facilitate a local brain trust of retired CEOs and management to foster ideas for entrepreneurs for business startup and to provide mentoring to local entrepreneurs.  Business foster care.

 

Taskforce to research demands and feasibility for an assisted living center.  Retire here and stay here.

 

Find funds and facilities for WITC to begin a campus with focus and plan to become a four year college – or do this in Rice Lake by lobbying the legislature.

 

Establish a Sawyer County development corporation to which persons of means can invest where the funds could be used for business start-up funds.  Invest in Sawyer County

All three

I believe a good environmentally friendly industrial park should be developed (-meets planning - natural resources – sustain dev).  Several communities could come together for resources and tax base.  “If you build it they will come”  Field of Dreams

P/S/D

Give tax breaks and other incentives to potential companies to expand into Sawyer Co. (They could move into a proposed environmental industrial park.)

NR

More public use – camping and access to lakes

NR

New homes should be build to environmentally friendly standards

P/C

*Regionally work w/Winter LCO and other areas to dynamically promote NW Wisconsin

*Have a 10 year – 20 – 30 years plan of where we want to be

S/D

*Small business start-up loans or assistance

*Financial incentives for young growing business

*Bonus for business who give back to community either financially or volunteer

*Encourage current residence to buy “Hayward” or Sawyer County to keep the local $s local to support our economy or encourage businesses to give benefits to locals.

NR

Develop more trails and public access around and to various lakes for general public to use and enjoy.

NR

My fear is that this item got on the board not because people want to see it developed – but rather to “preserve” the current way.  I think we should market Wisconsin as the pristine Northwoods – true nature an oasis . . for people to come to.

P/C/SD

Collaborate in the development of a “regional” revolving loan fund.

P/C

Regionalize planning and SD efforts w/in and around Sawyer County.

P/C

Expand this session into the future Sawyer County Comp Planning Process where by each local participating gov’t and its electors will further provide their vision of development or growth

NR

Encourage “private” land stewardship practices, not “state, county, fed” ownership/management to protect natural resources.

SD

Work w/potential entrepreneurs to assist them w/financial and business planning to create “local” job growth.  Access to local financial institutions as well as county or regional RLFs.

P/C

Smart Growth initiatives would create business and infrastructure to compliment the community and guide our children’s future.

SD

Can we go out and find the types of business that 1) won’t harm the environment and 2) create better jobs that our educated youth come back for?

SD

Choose an industry to guide the business climate for the future.  Hayward was:  logging, fishing, tourism.  Now it’s golf, 2nd homes, and nature.  We need jobs for our kids and growth to sustain our infrastructure.

NR

Through smart growth initiatives, eliminate non-tourism/recreation developments on lakefront ie: marketplace, bowling alley, boat dealerships, etc.  Tourism and recreational type business would help propvide access to our lakes.

SD

Do we want to be Sun City North?

P/C

  • County leadership support of county comprehensive planning
  • Teamwork between municipalities/government

SD

  • Education/training of young people/future/existing employees
  • Determine what “development” can be sustained with local resources – not outside resources

NR

  • Active involvement in local lakes associations
  • Enforcement (DNR and county)

P/C

1)       Form tri-county forum

2)       Form a county/towns ad hoc committee.  Review services and ability to provide greater comm. ser. with less.

3)       Co. comprehensive plan

SD

1)       Have the Hayward Devel. (or others) design a program for our current small employers to sustain and help them succeed.  Success breed success.

2)       Improve airport.

NR

1)       Tighten zoning within the county to protect our co. from being paved over in the interest of development for development sake only.

2)       Towns more control over shorelines, lakes.

NR

“Northwoods Quality” must be preserved and restored in any future economic consideration.

P/C

“Northwoods Quality” must be preserved and restored in any future economic consideration.

SD

“Northwoods Quality” must be preserved and restored in any future economic consideration.

P/C

Complete the Sawyer County Comprehensive Plan incorporating separate Town Comprehensive Plans, and county offices recognizing time for Plan Commissions to act on zone changes, etc

NR

Write a Sawyer County mission statement that action decisions be based on scientific data, research and facts, and logic.

P/C

Promote regional planning and collaboration beyond county lines

P/C

Bring all county elements together (ie) towns, lakes, cities, and county as one planning unit.

SD

Encourage small cottage industries, compatible with northwoods theme with funding start-up, etc

NR

Involve lake associations/county in surveys, grants.  For water quality and lake management (common enforcement across county)

SD

High end senior care as sustainable development

SD

Senior campus on a lake setting with everything from a nursing home to supported living with green space.  Possible angel network involvement.

P/NR

Sustain and enhance lake and land quality through planning and zoning

NR

Create camping opportunities and trails (multiple use) in county forests and other public lands.

P/C

County to convene meeting of town chairs and supervisors to discus show to work together to improve economic condition of Sawyer County.

P/SD/NR

Organize and implement a citizen committee for economic development

P/C/SD

Single point of contact for discussion/information on workforce/economic development

SD

Explore eco-clusters, other sustainable models on a regional level.

NR

Create public parks on all major lakes in the county – in all areas of the county.

NR

Develop more parks – public accessible to everyone. Have rules regarding zoning issues well known.  Better relations between the DNR and general public to not have every lake peppered with housing.

NR

Active involvement in political circles regarding lakes/natural resources by chamber, county boards, lake associations, etc.  Help shape forest service plans and DNR plans

NR

Protect our lakes by limiting polluting industry – strictly enforce environmental protection to prevent acid rain, etc

P/C

Figure out a way to keep youth.  Involve them in the planning and collaboration.  If they feel invested in community, they may be more likely to return!

SD

Support farmers markets and locally grown agriculture as part of sustainable development

P/C

County committee take summit information and incorporate it into a county economic plan

SD

Conduct ½ - 1 day seminar on alternative energy and how businesses and homes can convert to it.

SD

County to pass ordinance/regulation to require all transmission lines through county to be underground.

SD

Organize and implement a citizen committee for sustainable development.  Utilize UW-Extension for lowering energy costs.

SD

Use some of the farm property for corn – using the byproduct of corn for fuel and other uses.  Keep the farmers working, using land wisely.  More accessibility for E85 fuel getting away from dependence on other countries.

SD/P/C

Get retired people involved!  They are a sustainable and competitive resource!  They have a wealth of knowledge!

P/C

Develop a comprehensive strategic plan for the county not individual agencies allowing for citizen input and decision making.

SD/P/NR

Reconvene all of the people attending today 6-9 months from now to revisit with committee reports that have been developed from the resulting committees and begin implementation.

P/C

County committee to plan follow-up and another meeting in one year to gauge progress after economic summit.

NR

County to create new focus(committee? County ad hoc committee?) on parks and public use of county property and resources.

P/C

Develop both long and short term growth plans and hire someone to be responsible for implementation.

NR

Protect the natural resources by planning and building sustainable recreational trails for motorized and silent sports.

SD

Provide education and monies for promotion of tourism, training and retention of employees.

 

1)  Improve trails and encourage tourists to explore and enjoy the natural resources Sawyer County has to offer.  2)  Implement the plan and work together as a region.

 

Make a separate motor sports from silent sports area.

 

Make silent sports zone.

 

Make no cut zone of forest.

 

Non motorized are of Birkie trail.

 

Make area of Hwy 53 to Hwy 77 and north to county line no cut zone for lodging and silent sports area.

 

Have old growth forest.

 

Manage forest crop better for recreation and tourism.

 

No more cutting in buffer zone of Birkie trail.

NR/P

“Branding” Sawyer County, creating a high profile image for the area that is easily recognizable.

 

Expanded trail system – walking, biking, XC skiing, mtn biking – silent sports

NR/P

Lakes area planning – housing recreation, green space

P/C

Break down by category the information for accessible services for elderly to use natural resources/lakes.

P

County master plan – urban center, cultural center, business center, technology center.

NR

Develop and hire a new county position titled:  Recreation Liaison Officer – can be a liaison for multiple user groups.

NR

Comprehensive land use plan involving all user groups ie. recreation, building industry and forestry/recreation.

SD

10 year master plan for each township/city which will be renewed by a county committee of each townships supervisor.  Spider Lake Twp did this.  There was a survey done which each twp resident filled out.  Talked about economic development, recreation, etc.  Why not ask taxpayers what they want?

NR

Provide teeth to the law!

P

Form committees with good cross section of county members to provide input to planning groups.

NR

  1. As in collaboration issue – create regional rules regarding lake development and zoning issues.
  2. Designate only certain lakes as heavy recreational and allow marinas and off water condo development with access to only those lakes.
  3. Improve board landings (public).

P/C

  1. Develop a one stop shop for businesses looking to come to the area (find funding, locations, staff)
  2. Obtain significant financial commitment to development to find qualified people to lead development.

P/C

Create a regional approach to planning with authority and resources to go beyond local power struggles (ie Sawyer County building codes equal Washburn and Bayfield).

P/C

Join with other counties in northwest Wisconsin in a regional effort to market the area for economic development

SD

Promote economic development to local citizens – change the perception that it would be negative and that any development harms the natural resources.

SD

Need to design a transportation system that encourages economic growth and supports the tourism industry eg airline, ground transportation, etc.

P/C

Implement the Smart Growth and 10 year comprehensive land use plans.  Hold an annual economic summit meeting.  Implement quarterly town hall public meetings on economic development.

NR

Develop a Parks and Recreation department to expand tourism opportunities in the county – the dept would coordinate with motorized and silent sports org., campgrounds, state and local governments.

P/C

Establishing a vision

A comprehensive plan

Information meetings

Follow-up planning

NR

Fisheries management

Law enforcement

Controlling pollution

Developing shoreline parks

Clean lakes that sustain fish populations and recreation

SD

Promote bio-fuel energy collection, processing, and utilization to reduce dependence upon nonrenewable fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.

NR

Utilize our county forests to their full potential capturing annual fiber growth for local industry.

SD

Create a facility in Sawyer County for higher education devoted to developing sustainable business practices for industry and business.  Staff it with experts (educators) from around the world and fund it with corporation endowments.

P/NR/SD

Education on protecting the environment using renewable resources – solar – timber instead of fossil fuel – tax incentives.  Tax incentives for protecting lakes (no mow areas).

NR

Continue to review, revise and amend zoning and other ordinances that affect natural resources and lakes.  Educate all citizens on the reasons and purpose of the ordinance.  Enforce all consistently.

P/C

Develop long/short range growth plans with all levels of government.  Get all levels on the page.  Eliminate the unnecessary level of government.

P/C

Have an independent commission estimate the dollar savings that would accrue by regionalizing government.  That is eliminating town, city and county boards, have one unified school district eliminating numerous school boards, superintendents and administration.  Publish results, and hold election to have voters determine where to invest the savings.

NR

Stock more walleyes in lakes.

SD

Decide what proportion of land preserved to land utilized for economic growth we aim to have – acts as limits.

NR

Preserving what we already have – using it without destroying it.  Create specific regulations uses of kind.

P/C

Encourage NWRPC to coordinate monthly meetings of county planning groups.

SD

Complete a comprehensive plan that complies w/the summit’s recommendations.

P/C

Hire, and keep by funding, an executive director for Hayward EDC and county EDC.

P

Develop a regional marketing group (6-8 counties)

SD

Educate county board re: zoning/land use issues

P/C

Have more “input” from younger generation for planning, equal representation throughout the county

SD

No more Walmart type/chain stores – restaurants.  Develop closed stores/gas stations.  Watch for duplication not competition.

NR

Monitor boat landings for milfoil.  Monitor pier problems/numerous boats at piers.  Low impact on lakes.

NR

  • Accessible to all
  • Usage fee(s) family plan available
  • Citizen groups to oversee desired use eg. 1) help monitor lakes to eliminate Eurasian milfoil.  eg. 2) help monitor negative impact of ATVs on the environment

 

SD

 - adopt fair “user” fees

P/C

  • Keep it simple (it = procedure)
  • Keep people informed . . .
  • Seek input from diverse groups
  • Receive suggestions unconditionally

SD

Begin planning, how to bring about a true sustainable community/region.  Planning begins at goals presented such as preservation of natural resources, human services, jobs, government, etc all to the goal that a community is self reliant, productive, green, and enabled to be a community where all work together and all benefit.

NR

Jobs, housing, museums, resorts, recreation, schools all is naught if we don’t preserve and heal the earth and be better stewards of natural resources; use alternative energies, live alternative minds and hearts.  There is nothing unless there is the earth, a healthy earth.  Planning sustainable communities where the needs of humans, animals, plants and even rocks are met.

P

While all actions that were presented are important it needs to have profound, intelligent, creative planning – “tables”, “committees”, etc of people from all walks of life, all aspects of socio levels brought together to plan – what has been, what is now, what is to be and how to get there.

NR

Promote ”catch & release” encourage natural/rustic environment, maintain shoreline - habitat

SD

Build nature walking and bike trails.  Encourage small cottage type businesses.

P/C

Form a committee to review findings of today’s session on a periodic basis.  Work w/LCO.

NR

Preserve the musky fishery with quality stock – catch & release – world class musky.

P/C

Implement no smoking ban throughout county in all restaurants and public areas.

P/C

Preserve “quaint” downtown “main” streets.  Plan for future development.

SD

Plan for population growth, job creation, park creation.

SD

Must build comprehensive trail/biking system that ties into other communities

NR

Develop base line data, preserve water quality of lakes.  Currently high mercury level and fish are not fit for consumption.  Mitigation.

Ed/P/C

Work with adjoining counties on regional projects (ie adult education classes; mentoring programs; training classes) collaborate with LCO on all above.

Rec/

Tour/

Env

Increase fish stocking in regional lakes and rivers; maintain or increase county tax dollars to promote recreational opportunities and advertising; develop walking trails

P/C

  1. Educate the public on the need to work together
  2. Provide more seminars like this one (the statistics shown us via maps and graphs is a good start).

NR

Instead of putting resources under a protective bubble, educate the public how to safely enjoy and use our natural resources.

Sus Res

Educate people on ways to use our resources safely.  The resources themselves can provide funding to educate and conserve if resorts continue to provide revenue

NR

Water quality control.  Invasive species protection

NR

Designate natural areas that should be protected

P/C

Regionalize local governments.  Duplication of too many duties and services

NR

Continue to protect lake shores by controlling key holing development.

SD

Renewable energy

  1. Biodiesel fuel
  2. Solar energy
  3. Wind energy

SD

Sustainable building – local materials, environmentally friendly materials.  Passive solar design.  Educating public on issues

SD

“Mirror” of investigate how other successful communities moved forward in block of homes, etc with “green” products.  That this area is a “model” for NW WI in this field.

P/C

Initially, when individual communities met to see how they can work together, have a facilitator present to guide and get a balanced start to the process.  Regionalized progressive communities collaborating with the neighbors to the same stated goal.

 

Housing development – environmentally responsible – “affordable” HSG – realistically look at median income of working individuals.  Any new construction of homes/businesses, use sustainable heat and environmentally responsible materials.

SD

Using local products/energy efficient. Have areas designated for planned Unit development near the 3 regional centers or on public transportation.

 

Create a co-housing community concept for affordable housing.

P/C

Regional centers are needed bringing towns, city, county govts working together for the betterment of everyone and all areas of the county.  All government entities working together for the same cause.  Neighbor helping neighbor.

P/C

Simplify and bring balance to new development and zoning.  Do not restrict growth.  A recession may be in the future and growth if sustainable is good.

P/C

Move county government to center of county.  Combine (some) small towns together.  Why do we have town and village of some small areas?

SD

Create 4 regional centers to build upon.  Promote development within these 4 areas.  Connect with public transportation.  These centers should feed off each other with respect to:  services, jobs, reclamation, housing, education.

P/C

Have development/job centers located in 3 regional centers.  Not scattered all over the county.  1)  Hayward  2) Somewhere on reservation  3) Exeland near Neal Road

 

Green type development using local materials and renewable energy with emphasis on protecting natural resources.

SD

Factory (no idea what kind of factory) Exeland close to railroad, more jobs.  Hopefully factory would be environmental friendly, use local resources.

NR/Ind Dev

Re-tool dams – product electrical – small is beautiful electric/power

NR

Develop a historical site jobs – historical society – summer only live in cabin/homestead/local history John Dietz homesite.  Hiking trail/ATV  trail/tourism

SD

Find – held develop recycle of plastic and newspaper cardboard locally cost to much to transport business development

SD

Induce small conventions into area to instill dollar growth and services

NR

Water quality through better septic system and water treatment processes

P/C

Establish partnerships between govt, business, educational institutions and private landowners.

P/C

Consolidate private sector and government services for cost efficiency.  To achieve provide incentives monetary or other.  Encourage factual research and proven past performance using phases to implement.

NR

Emphasize sustainable forestry and best management practices when planning changes in zoning or township ordinances.

SD

Develop smart growth and comprehensive planning using basic processes.  Important to realize that we can’t prevent growth and building but it can be done using incentives for the common good regionally!

SD

Support businesses that preserve and manage natural resources, sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, sustainable forestry.

SD

Support businesses that serve the needs of changing demographics (aging population)

P/C

Zoning, land use discussions, taxation, non-farm neighbors, urban/rural plans

SD

Grass-based farming, organic production, local markets, no-till methods

NR

Eco-tourism, comprehensive plans, zoning, land trusts/conservancy, “enforcement” of existing regs

NR

Encourage local communities to work together to protect natural resource sin their area by finding common goals and deciding how to meet those goals.  Facilitate meetings like we had today to help communities plan.

SD

Encourage agricultural land to continue to be used for production purposes using sustainable and organic methods by providing learning opportunities in local areas.  Also need to educate public regarding sustainable agriculture.

SD

Provide economic incentives to existing and new businesses that meet “sustainable” criteria.

  • Revolving loan funds (reduced interest/interest free)
  • Incubator facilities (reduced rent/support services)

P/C

Consolidate econ dev entities/resources.  Develop “Smart Growth” plans and use them to guide activities/decisions.

NR

Develop and enforce land use regulations that provide adequate environmental protection.

NR

Encourage volunteer organizations to develop public recreational opportunities that match overall recruitment goals.

NR

Strictly enforce zoning. DNR strictly enforce regulations. Begin updating codes and regulations based on research to protect our resources (sustainable methods) planned development.

P/C

Educate electorate/landowners on comprehensive planning.  Require direct notification of all stakeholders prior to implementation of comprehensive planning.  Know what it is before you try to sell it.

P/C

Stop comprehensive planning at county level until there is a plan on how to implement it and integrate local and county plans and how it is used in conjunction with existing ordinances.

P/C

Use the multitude of plans that already exist before we create more plans.

SD

Support limited impact land uses.  Preserve natural areas, forests, farms.  Strictly enforce ordinances and regulations.  Update ordinance and regulations to promote sustainable development

P

Under Smart Growth, reserve a regulatory free zone where poor but innovative persons like me are free to do experimental green building, gardening, etc. as long as I do not harm others.

SD

Prohibit all motorized recreation or apply a steep tax to reflect the underpricing of oil.

P/C

Prohibit all development within 75 feet of shorelands.  Kill the grandfather clause.

P/C

De-regulate or make the uniform building code optional for the owner-builder in order to promote affordable and innovative alternative homesteads.

SD

Reform property tax to a tax on land only, giving incentives to improve property tax-free.  The tax on shorelands might be used by government to buy the shoreland or a conservation lien.

NR

Have all lake associations talk to each other

NR

County zoning – future electrical/telephone wires will be buried.

All 3

Teach the children a collaborative model of getting things done.

All 3

Have a separate economic summit on each area.

P/C,SD,NR

Starting dialogue sessions with other counties.

NR

Have county purchase/protect more natural areas.

NR

Maintain strict zoning standards.

NR

Participate/encourage all Smart Growth/Township planning initiatives

NR

Encourage land preservation groups such as Couderay Wters, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club.  Facilitate their acquisitions.

NR

Sponsor county awards/grants for shoreline/habitat rehabilitation by businesses and individual or 1 year tax incentives.

P/C

Develop strong regional planning in NW Wisconsin counties.  Direct connection of county boards or reps of county boards.

NR

Create a Lakes Protective Group with direct connection to county board and county land and water committee and county zoning committee.

NR

Prevent sprawl whereby all our forests are eaten by secondary homes.

NR

Keep all areas as natural as possible – don’t allow clear cutting land – keep building with Northwoods theme when developing industry

SD

Help public transportation grow to provide for workers, elderly and low income

SD,P/C

Remove restrictions on zoning #18.6 which prevents poor from being ale to rent or buy an affordable home.  No minimum wage laborers, no development but they need a roof over their heads.

NR

Pass rigorous limitations for impervious surface development already on the table – needs action now!

P/C

Have meeting of representatives of neighboring counties – Sawyer, Washburn, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas and others t develop some regional planning for broadband and wireless computer connections.

SD

Meaningfully identify and address mental health and substance abuse issues in workforce and their families.

SD

Develop technology field test sites for new medical tech on maintaining quality of life in aging population – incubation.

P

Improve and maintain tribal and county joint planning for moving the area forward whatever the goal would be.

 

Taxes – homestead exemption.  Vocational/ed programs to train a workforce to support local development

NR

Conserve, reserve and preserve

P/C

Meaningful smart growth plan with legitimate cross section of property owners.  Too many have already been hijacked by special interest groups ie NIMBI.  Working class and working poor seem to be under or unrepresented in current planning processes.

NR

Use public funds to purchase property to develop lake access – parks, beaches for public use.  Change policies so out of state residents pay for second home as luxury tax not same rate as only home.  Give tax breaks to resorts allowing them to continue to operate as a property tax disadvantage.

 

Identify/define what is sustainable dev – who are key stakeholders, what is in place now.  Gather input for desired state of sust dev.  Set objectives to get to desired goals.  Get concensus, collaboration, financial support.

P

ID organization that will spearhead the process and its structure.  ID regional resources to complement the established goals.  Who is not here who should be?  Develop funding plan.  Plan the work; then work the plan!

NR/P/C

Develop fishery management plan for Sawyer County lakes with input form the general public and the LCO Tribe on goals and objectives; then have DRN LCO Conservation, Muskies Inc, Walleyes for NW Wisconsin, and various lake associations work together to achieve the visions for quality fishing.  (This is an ongoing process currently.)

P/NR

  • All local units of government should get together, plan together and stay together.  (Keep planning together.)
  • Become more involved w/DNR, P Forewer, Ducks Unlimited to preserve the land
  • Become more involved with local planning committees the youth.

NR

Shoreland zoning regulations should be enforced.  Zoning laws for off shore development should be reviewed and updated as directed by a Comprehensive Plan.  Organized, aesthetically pleasing development occurs.

P/C

Planning is central to all the other areas of focus.  Sawyer County government should convene a group to include citizens, town officials, Sawyer Co. Development Committee, etc to develop and implement a comprehensive plan, eg Smart Growth.  Elected officials, citizens and community leaders will have the same priorities.

S/D

Encourage development of cottage industries.

P/C

  1. Collect and publish existing comprehensive plans by county.
  2. Pick common themes among plans.
  3. Summarize and publish areas of commonality.
  4. Highlight differences among plans.
  5. Local and regional public meetings for discussion.

P/C

  1. Convene regional planning subgroups eg economic development, community development, financial institutions, educational institutions.
  2. Develop local and regional statements of purpose for each subgroup.

P/C

Include all generals at every level of planning, especially youth.

P/C

Step 1.  Hold another summit to actually start the planning process.  Invite towns, villages, city, SCDC, Sawyer County ED Committee and expand on the info we gathered today.

P/C

Step 2.  Start a plan to start protecting our shoreline, green spaces, setbacks.  Plan for locations for commercial development, residential development, etc.  Maybe start by having a meeting and pick one or two ideas and start planning and start by looking at existing plans for towns and counties.

 

Come to NW Wisconsin.  Create a combined board of the regions, various economic development groups to assist in a regionalized approach.

 

Funds that created sustained growth.  Create a pool of funds to assist in providing capital for entrepreneurs.

 

World class destination resort community.  Implement a room tax that encompasses the entire region and use the funds to promote regional tourism.

 

Increase education.  Place a branch of WI State in the county to focus on hospitality and technology that will create sustained development.

NR

Fund educational items to protect against invasive species.  Provide more access points, handicapped access and senior activities out in these resources.

NR/SD

To protect natural resources and create atmosphere for sustained development.  Develop a regional board to assist cities, towns, county in developing a Smart Growth plan for the region.

SD

Airport improvements to improve travel and jobs.

SD

Incubant new businesses and entrepreneurship through educational opportunities to high school, college aged, working class and seniors.

P/C

Building businesses with the environment surrounding the buildings in mind.  Require “green” areas to compliment architecture (no pole buildings next to concrete buildings.)

P/SD

Ongoing planning with citizen/user group inputs of needs and direction into the future.  Developing economic opportunities around the unique nature of Sawyer County.

S/D

All decisions, planning, allocation, etc. need to be made from a long-term perspective.  These efforts need to continue outside the realm of politics as much as possible.  Politicians are charged with executing the plan, not making it.

P/C

Today’s efforts need to be followed w/smaller working groups to pursue individual themes

N/R/SD

More parks, trails, bike trails, green spaces, need to be secured in every community as public spaces.

SD

Review, thoroughly, county zoning regulations and compare them with “Smart Growth” communities where sustainable growth is the goal.  Make changes as needed to ensure growth is measured against immediate, mid and long-term impacts of all kinds.

NR

Assess impact/potential impact of invasive species (aquatic) on county lakes.  Identify ways to eradicate or prevent.  Consider use of volunteers for policing.

NR

Plan for the common good, respect for innovative but sacrifice to common good – educate need to have this ideal.  Increase motorless motion activities and access – Promoting leisure and health.  Teach community about systems approach to promote quality.  Highly sanction violators of rules that protect environment.

SD

  1. Determine the organization damaging the environment for cleanup and improvement.
  2. Develop an energy generation model that makes the county self-sufficient.
  3. Package #1 and 2 to sell to other counties.

NR

Sawyer County Inventory

  • Water/land in trust that can’t be developed
  • Water/land eligible for trust that can’t be or shouldn’t be developed with environmental damage.
  • Lang term plan for management and marking of the resource.

P/C

  1. Accumulate an industry/business profile of the county by NAICS.
  2. Determine related industries which sell to Sawyer County businesses.
  3. Develop a joint marketing plan that incorporates local chambers and business associations.

SD

  1. Promote comprehensive integrated approach – systems to implement green buds and use of alternative energy.  Replace dangerous substandard housing with green energy-efficient housing.
  2. Promote local agriculture products and coop gardens grown and sold locally.

NR

Those who are steward of the land would probably be good sources of how best to protect and keep a balance.

D

Strict rules on how many pieces of property can be reduced in size and rules for how its chosen, real Smart Growth.

S Comm

Problem solve at the household level with the aid of having sustainable families work and health.

NR/PC

  1. Web-based “chat room” and resource/agency linkages such as Access.
  2. Public inclusive forums and dialogues.
  3. Education about systems theory
  4. Century advances
  5. Listening sessions/focus groups that involve:
  • Graduating students
  • Outsiders – exports
  • Grassroots – service wage earners, teachers, mid-management
  • Tribal
  • Single Parents

P/C

Perform an inventory of all county and municipal equipment currently owned and what will be or is planned to be purchased over the next 1-15 years.  Identify redundancies or potential redundancies locally and across locales.  Where redundancies exist or could exist, identify opportunities for cost-sharing and cross usage of equipment.  Also, assess possibilities of strategically located facilities for equipment, materials, etc.

P/NR/SD

Planning – Absolutely need to have gov’t non-profits, tribes, etc give up their “turf” to work towards actual change rathern than status quo.

Natural Resources – Have rules developed based on balanced planning and then put resources into enforcement.

Sustainable Development – Can’t rely on gov’t and “old boys” network to lead the charge.  Once planning has happened to take down the walls – create a group that represents all sides of development, keeping in mind that not all growth is good but no change is the death of the region.

NR

Preserve water quality, lakeshore and rivers.  Integrate recreation opportunities with forest product uses of fed – state – cty forest

P/NR/SD

More parks, roads – recreation facilities, more (larger gov’t), less local gov’t.  Consolidate governments to one.  More cottages with tougher environmental rules

P/C

More planning between tribal, county and township government.  Have all representatives for strategic plan on common goals of economic, education, affordable housing.

SD

Educate the public, start this process with the school children.  Once they understand this, they tell their parent and grandparents.

NR

All forms of government plan for land development on what areas to protect both within their local and areas that border their locale.

 

Bring all groups of government together to plan a mission statement with all their best interests in mind for Sawyer County.  How can we work together to improve our world.  Improved collaboration with all governments.

 

Natural Resources – stricter zoning and more closely working w/DNR.  Restrict multiple dev or planning – tribal and county and local working on more items affecting the above.  Increase education of these areas to our youth as well as adults.  Unified county, town and tribal decisions regarding environmental planning.

NR

Improve zoning so builders/owners are held to plans as approved.  Unity is zoning for the region.  Goal:  Preservation of our lakes and land for future generations.

P/Gov

Having a meeting similar to this one and invite tribal – twsp boards, city boards, etc and do a joint planning session for working together.  Goal:  Regional nity

NR

To protect lakes/NR we must know what we have and manage it properly by developing standards for quality of usage and content.