DAILY WISCONSIN

Planning

Hiding proposals from the public they’re meant to serve

We’re in a new round of big-project proposals for Whitewater. Here’s a suggestion, that this municipal administration would do well to follow, for any large-scale proposal: (1) Release any feasibility study, analysis, or performance contract on the city’s website a month (thirty calendar days) before Council consideration. (2) Hold a public hearing specifically and exclusively…

Gun Lobby v. Baraboo Land Plan

Don’t bring a land plan to a gun fight – ed.: The public is learning what happens when the Wisconsin DNR, beholden to special interests, allowed certain lobbies to change an agreed-upon land use plan: At the heart of the dispute: Should the new Sauk Prairie Recreation Area include a shooting range and space for…

Why Plan?

Whitewater’s Planning Commission, I think, has a choice before it: will you establish fair rules by which private parties can engage in entrepreneurial activity, or will you pick and choose who succeeds and fails, at the outset? It’s the oft-repeated distinction between planning for others to compete and planning to control competition.  Watching Whitewater’s Planning…