Vilas County
Comprehensive Plan

The Vilas County Comprehensive Plan is a compilation of historical data and community created goals, objectives, policies, and programs that will guide future planning and community decisions for a 20-year period. Comprehensive plans incorporate a 20-year vision and provide a rational basis for local land use decisions.

The comprehensive plan law (§66.1001 WI Stats. Adobe PDF 143 KB) defines the contents of a local comprehensive plan, which has nine chapters—Issues & Opportunities; Natural, Cultural, & Agricultural Resources; Housing; Transportation; Economic Development; Land Use; Utilities & Community Facilities; Intergovernmental Cooperation; and Implementation. Population, housing, and land use projections are also required in 5-year increments for 20 years. Locally created goals, objectives, and policies are also part of each comprehensive plan chapter.

According to §66.1001 WI Stats., if a town, village, city, or county engages in official mapping, subdivision regulation, or zoning, those actions must be consistent with that community's comprehensive plan.

NOTICE:   The County Farmland Preservation Plan (available here) is attached to the County Comprehensive Plan.


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Vilas County Comprehensive Plan 2009
    Adobe PDF LARGE 1.97 MB
NOTICE: Adopted revisions to the plan may have changed maps and/or text in this online version of the plan. Please contact the Vilas County Zoning Department for any adopted revisions to the Vilas County Comprehensive Plan.
Adopted Plan without maps.


1-1 Planning Context Adobe PDF 160 KB
2-1 Natural Resources JPEG 819 KB 2-1 Natural Resources Adobe PDF LARGE 1.61 MB
4-1 Community Facilities Adobe PDF 991 KB  
4-2 School Districts Adobe PDF 118 KB
4-3 Law Enforcement Adobe PDF 126 KB
4-4 Fire Service Adobe PDF 114 KB
5-1 Transportation Adobe PDF LARGE 1.15 MB
7-1 Existing Land Use JPEG 767 KB 7-1 Existing Land Use Adobe PDF LARGE 5.06 MB
7-2 Future Land Use JPEG 915 KB 7-2 Future Land Use Adobe PDF LARGE 6.85 MB
7-3 Ownership JPEG 603 KB 7-3 Ownership Adobe PDF LARGE 1.14 MB

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