Why Concord Limits Land Splits
Concord's limiting of land splits stems from the vision put forth by the Town of Concord Comprehensive Plan.
The plan was over three years in the making, being developed almost entirely by Concord citizens under the authority of Wisconsin's Comprehensive Planning Law (S.66.1001, Wis. Stats.). Various people who live in Concord volunteered to write almost all of the chapters. Vanessa Kuehner from the firm Ruekert-Mielke was hired to guide our progress. Steve Grabow of the University of Wisconsin Extension was a tremendous help. More than 40 citizens participated in the plan creation process. Bill Ingersoll, a town board supervisor at the time, was the only officially appointed member of the group that created the plan. Visioning sessions were held, and each chapter of the plan was discussed at the monthly meetings as it was being developed.
The rural quality of life in Concord was established to be very important to most citizens. One of the final steps in the planning process was to mail a questionnaire to every household in Concord. The poll results came back with 54% in support of limiting the land splits.
The plan was adopted by the Concord Town Board on July 13, 2009, and was set to take effect on November 1, 2009. Since the plan went into effect, lot splits have been limited to two, with the procedure for determining this based on the Jefferson County comprehensive plan. The following quote from the implementation chapter (p. 87 of the paper copy or p. 97 of the electronic copy of the Concord town plan) describes how the Concord Planning Committee is to evaluate Concord petitions for parcel splits zoned A-3 by Jefferson County.