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Planning & Development

The Dane County Rural Cultural Resource Planning Guide

Only 30% of the buildings in Wisconsin documented during the Great Depression by the federal Historic American Building Survey (HABS) program have survived.

Only 25% of Wisconsin’s Native American mounds remain intact.


The state comprehensive planning law requires that communities include consideration of historic cultural, architectural and archaeological resources in adopted local government comprehensive plans.  Dane County has a rich history of indigenous American and European settlement, dating back to 1,000 B.C. or earlier.  Many smaller communities, especially town governments, are interested in learning more about how to best protect such resources.  The Dane County Rural Cultural Resource Planning Guide would identify resources, policies and actions town governments could take to better understand their community’s history, educate and assist its residents and encourage conservation of irreplaceable cultural resources.