A first-draft of the WLIP Program Plan was published on February 8, 2016, followed by a comment period that ended on March 11. WLIC met on March 24, 2016 to discuss comments received on the first draft. In response to motions passed at the March 24th meeting, public comments received on Draft 1, and additional research and planning conducted by WLIP staff, DOA made several revisions to the first draft and created a Draft 2. The second draft was published on April 26th, 2016, and has been open for public comment since that time.
According to a communication sent by WLIC Chair Don Dittmar on April 26th, some key changes to Draft 2 include:
- The funding formula was changed to allocate Strategic Initiative grant funds equally across all 72 counties
- The Strategic Initiative grant priorities and benchmarks were changed, with a refocus on parcels, access to data, and PLSS
- The sections on data access were revised
Anyone interested may submit comments to Don Dittmar by Friday May 27th. Comments will be discussed at the next regular WLIC meeting, scheduled for Wednesday June 8th in Wisconsin Rapids.