Community Policy

(Formerly Urban Policy. Name was changed in 2016 update.)

Promote the fiscal, social, cultural, residential, educational and environmental quality of life for all residents. Recognizing that the League has a national Urban Policy position, the state League’s Urban Policy position was updated in 2016 with the idea that Leagues across the state would use portions of the policy as they deem applicable.

Support of the following positions and measures:

State, county and local governments should develop complementary policies to improve fiscal and growth management through such means as:

  • “smart growth” practices that encourage sustainability, green space, population density and equitable development. These practices should consider the future service needs of aging community members, while also addressing the needs of young workers;
  • consolidated governmental services;
  • investments to increase the tax base;
  • subsidies that enable and expand affordable housing near community centers, workplaces and public transit for low- and middle-income and senior populations, as well as persons with disabilities and persons experiencing homelessness;
  • investments to secure and maintain infrastructural integrity and modernization, including wired and wireless communication networks;
  • sustainable practices for meeting energy needs, food security and recreation;
  • planning and programs that promote inclusive, multi-modal transit, including bicycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly passage;
  • programs in housing, education, recreation, job training, energy efficiency, child and elder care should be available to complement measures intended to enhance the economic base and to further the quality of life for all residents.

State aids should be targeted to declining and/or distressed Wisconsin communities.


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