Comprehensive Plan

We want YOU to help shape the future of the Town of Cottage Grove!

The Town is undertaking a full re-write of the Comprehensive Plan in 2021.  A community survey was conducted earlier in the year, the final results are available at  The Plan Commission will use this community input as they work on the vision for the future of the Town.

In addition to the community input survey, there are several opportunities for public input throughout the Plan update process.

On June 16, 2021, there was a meeting targeting owners of 35 acres or more and focusing on the future land use map and its policies, along with time for landowner input.  Town Planner Mark Roffers gave an excellent overview of the Town's current Comprehensive Plan and the update process.  A video of the meeting, his slide presentation and other handouts are linked below. As the Town prepares to update its Vision and Directions volume of the Comprehensive Plan, the Town would appreciate any input and feedback concerning the Town’s Future Land Use map and policies for land use change.  If you have any comments, preferences, or feedback about specific parcels in the Future Land Use plan, please fill out and return the Future Land Use Map Comment Form by July 9th. Hard copies of the form are also available at the Town Hall (4058 County Road N).  If you have any additional questions or comments to share, please email

06-16-2021 Plan Commission meeting video recording

T Cottage Grove Comp Plan Presentation_6.16.21

Future Land Use Map

Polices for Land Use Change

Future Land Use Map Comment Form

The next time the Plan Commission will be talking about the update to the Comprehensive Plan will be at their August 25, 2021 meeting.

Agendas for Plan Commission and Town Board meetings are available here:

A draft of the Conditions and Issues Volume can be viewed at  This volume focuses on existing conditions and trends in the Town, rather than policies for the future. There are, however, projections of future population, housing units, and land development demand. The highlighted sections in the volume will be updated once 2020 Census data is released in early fall.

More information can be found on the project site at

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan outlines how the Town will grow and change over the following 20 years.  Any change of land use within the Town must conform with the purpose and policies of the future land use district the subject property falls within.  For change of land use procedures, please see

The Town of Cottage Grove Comprehensive Plan was adopted under Section 66.1001(4), Wisconsin Statutes, in two volumes, with one volume titled Conditions and Issues and the second volume titled Vision and Directions. The Town will regularly evaluate its progress towards achieving the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan, and amend and update the Plan as appropriate. Amendments to this Comprehensive Plan may be appropriate in the years following initial Plan adoption and in instances where the Plan becomes irrelevant or contradictory to emerging policy or trends. “Amendments” are generally defined as minor changes to the Plan maps or text. The Plan will be specifically evaluated for potential amendments once every year, with the process starting in February.

Between February 15 and March 15 of each year, the Town will accept requests from property owners, potential developers, and other interested stakeholders for Plan amendments. Next, the Plan Commission will evaluate any amendment requests (including those generated by Commission or Board members), and recommend appropriate amendments to the Board. Specific procedures for adopting and updating the Comprehensive Plan can be found in Chapter 7 of the Visions and Directions Volume.

Plan Documents

As amended by the Town Board on January 18, 2021.

Conditions and Issues
Vision and Directions
Map 1 Jurisdictional Boundaries
Map 2 Soil Suitability
Map 3 Natural Resources
Map 4 Existing Land Use
Map 5 City of Madison Future Land Use Map East
Map 6 City of Madison Future Land Use Map Southeast
Map 7 Village of Cottage Grove Future Land Use Map 2015
Map 8 Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan Map
Map 9 Development Phasing, Monona Grove School Study
Map 10 Future Land Use
Map 12 WisDOT US12 Corridor Study
Map 13 WisDOT US12 Corridor Study
Map 14 WisDOT US12 Corridor Study