A. Comply with Wisconsin's "Smart Growth" law for land use planning and resource management. This criterion is an option only for applications submitted before July 1, 2017.
The Village of Menomonee Falls has adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan that is in compliance with the Wisconsin “Smart Growth” law.
In addition, the Village passed an amendment to the plan in 2013 that incorporates a Conservation Development District (CDD). The intent of said district is to preserve natural resources and other areas of open land, while permitting residential development at low densities, in an open space setting, located and designed to reduce the perceived intensity of development and provide privacy for dwellings. Specifically, this plan aims to preserve important landscaping elements and natural features such as woodlands, stream corridors, floodplains, shorelands, natural areas, and critical species habitat by setting them aside from development in a way that will also preserve the Village’s character. With restrictions placed on development the objective is to minimize the disturbance of rural landscaping elements and provide aesthetic value while also allowing active and passive recreational use of and access to common open space. Retaining existing vegetation and minimizing development on steep slopes will reduce erosion and sedimentation and thus the retaining of the existing natural landscape is preferred to installing new plant material. One of the key objectives of this CDD is to create an attitude of stewardship for the land within common open space by requiring a land management plan for the common open space.
During 2015, the Village was in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan Update Document. It is in now in its final stages and will be going for approval in early 2016.
D. Document that current municipal planning seeks to provide additional bird habitat.
Menomonee Falls is in pursuit of purchasing a property that borders and includes a portion of the Tamarack Preserve located on Good Hope Road. The long-term plan is to add a trail wrapping completely around the preserve north of Good Hope Rd. The trail south of Good Hope will begin with the development of a subdivision on the east side of the Preserve and is planned to eventually surround the lower section of the Preserve.
E. Describe your community’s ordinance demonstrating that your community does not restrict natural/native landscaping that emphasizes native plants and non-turf lawns.
Village ordinances show that long weeds and grass more than 10 inches tall are required to be cut. As long as the long plants are wild or defined as natural lawns they do not fall into this category.
Community Forest Management
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The Village of Menomonee Falls continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 2002 (also from 1987-1989). It has earned the Growth Award from 2011-2013.
Limiting or Removing Threats to Birds
A. Describe your community’s educational program to control free-roaming cats and/or the manner in which you actively publicize the Cats Indoors! initiative.
B. Provide web links or a community newsletter demonstrating that your community educates property owners on methods to create and enhance backyard habitat for birds.
The Wild Ones group meets at the Menomonee Falls Public Library Tuesdays once a month at 6:30 pm. The Wild Ones natural landscape group has a great website regarding backyard habitat programs and has a local chapter in Menomonee Falls. Lisa Oddis, Chapter President 414-303-3028. The general public is always welcome. Contact Lisa Oddis for info 414-303-3028 or Norm Grier at 262-628-4221. Email email@example.com.
Menomonee Falls’ IMBD event is held at the same time at its Arbor Day celebration. April 26, 2016 featured a presentation by Arlyn Johnson (black and white coat) at the Village Hall Grounds by the playground. During Arlyn’s speech he talked about the Village’s efforts to maintain and grow our forestry actions, habitat preservation and efforts to protect and support migratory bird conservation. Tree seedlings are given out to the attendees during the ceremony to plant in their own yards.