The County is updating its farmland preservation ordinance, originally adopted in 1981. The existing Plan has become significantly outdated and does not reflect existing land use patterns and state requirements. Additionally, the existing Waupaca County Farmland Preservation Plan is scheduled to expire in 2014.
In 2009, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed the Working Lands Legislation which was comprised of three main components: Farmland Preservation Program, Agricultural Enterprise Area Program, and the Purchase of Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (PACE). The Working Lands Legislation contained significant alterations to the Farmland Preservation Program, including greater tax incentives for participation in the program, as well as, a greater array of allowed uses within Farmland Preservation areas.
Key documents are available below: