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COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN FOR THE TOWN OF STANTON
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Table of Contents
Land Use Concerns 4
History of the Town of Stanton 5
Cultural and Historical Sites 6
Background and Authority 7
Land Use Planning Process 8
Comprehensive Plan Objectives 8
Survey Results 10
General Demographics 12
Occupation/ employment 14
Utilities and Community Facilities 20
Natural Resources 25
Land Use 27
Intergovernmental Cooperation 29
Factors Affecting Development 37
Prime Agricultural Areas 39
Steep Slopes 40
Surface Water 40
Community Cooperation 35
Local Ordinances 35
County Ordinances 42
Goals and Objectives 43
Plan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Update 46
A. Citizen Opinion Survey 49
B. Survey Results 51
C. 2010 Census Information 55
D. Maps 59
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This comprehensive plan for the Town of Stanton could not have been produced without the support
of the Stanton Town Board. In 2002, the Town Board members agreed to enter into a three-year
contract with Dunn County to develop the original plan. As part of that plan, the Town Board also
created a Plan Commission ordinance and appointed a five member Plan Commission.
The creation of the original plan required considerable involvement and input from Town citizens,
who responded to a citizen opinion survey and a landowners' survey and attended open houses and
visioning sessions to hear progress reports and to present feedback and direction to the Plan
Town of Stanton Plan Commission
The bulk of the work expended to the 2003 comprehensive plan was done by the Plan Commission
members who met at least monthly from August 2002 to the completion of the project. In between
meetings members conducted research, organized data, and wrote reports.
With the adoption of Dunn County Zoning in 2014, the Town Board recognized the need to update the
original 2003 Comprehensive Plan and charged the Plan Commission with doing an update. A Citizens
Opinion Survey was also conducted which gave the Plan Commission guidance with the Plan update.
Following is a list of the Plan Commission members who worked on the update and the facilitator
provided by the County:
Melissa Schutz, Chair
Josh Edlund, past member
Cheryl Hoffman, past member
Comprehensive planning documents such as this include a wide range of materials and information
gathered and produced by many people. The Plan Commission relied on such talent to assist it in
compiling and, in some cases, in analyzing data needed to create this document. Shown below are
those who provided vital assistance to the Plan Commission:
Bob Colson, Dunn County Zoning Administrator
Because of the help of local citizens and the individuals named above, the Town of Stanton Plan
Commission was able to complete the Comprehensive Plan update in 2016. Their efforts should help
this Town to face the future with a clearer vision regarding land use decisions.
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PART I INTRODUCTION
During the late 1990s in Dunn County several issues arose that alarmed local citizens. The first was the
development of large corporate farms with several hundred or even thousands of cattle located on one
site. A large egg and chicken operation attempted to locate in northern Dunn County. A national
organization wanted to construct a car racing track on the Connell Orchards in Weston Township.
Realizing that they had few ways to prevent such developments, some townships, including Stanton,
began to address comprehensive land use planning.
At the 2000 Stanton Township annual Meeting residents gave the Town Board village powers. Such
powers allowed the Town Board to create a two-year moratorium on land use (interim zoning
ordinance). At the same meeting, residents requested that the Board establish a committee to
investigate future land use policies, and the Board appointed a three-member committee, Harold
James, Robert Fitzwilliams and Mag Lansing.
After the Committee studied land use options, including county zoning, a special Town Board meeting
was held on May 23, 2000 at the Knapp Village hall to present and discuss land use issues, with the
assistance of Mike Helgeson, Dunn County Zoning Administrator. Subsequently, the Committee
obtained, from the Dunn County Real Property Department, computer print-outs describing all
Township parcels and indicating their owners. Using the Dunn County Comprehensive Zoning ordinance
definition for zoning districts, the Committee identified all Township parcels so land owners could see
how their property would be zoned. That data was transferred to a Township map, which color-coded
each property according to zoning district, A1, A2, A3, etc.
This map was posted at the Knapp Village Hall, and property owners were asked to inspect it and to
request changes, if they so desired. Two public meetings were held by the Committee and Mike
Helgeson on January 31 and February 3, 2001 to answer questions and to hear suggestions.
Modifications of the maps were made based upon owner requests. After the maps were reviewed, they
were submitted to the Dunn County Planning, Resources, and Development Committee. On June 12,
2001 that Committee recommended that the Stanton Zoning Maps be included in the County zoning
ordinance. The amended ordinance was adopted by the Dunn County Board of Supervisors on June 20,
To gather opinions and ideas of residents for the construction of a citizen survey instrument, two public
forums were held on September 26 and 29, 2001. Much discussion occurred, but there was no followup
because it was learned that Martin Havlovic, UW Extension Educator, was already fully prepared to
conduct, tabulate, and analyze a survey. Moreover, the Planning, Resources, and Development
Department of Dunn County was on the verge of obtaining a state grant to assist Dunn County
municipalities with their 2000 mandate to develop comprehensive land use plans. The Stanton Town
Board adopted a resolution on October 31, 2001 to join eleven other Dunn County townships and the
Village of Elk Mound in a Smart Growth Comprehensive Planning grant proposal. On September 14,
2002 the Stanton Town Board adopted its Plan Commission ordinance and approved appointments of
five Plan Commission members: Robert Anderson, Bryan Evans, Terry Golen, Steve Nielsen, and Marvin
Lansing. Dawn Mitchell was designated as an alternate.
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An update to the Comprehensive Plan was initiated in 2014 and completed in 2016. The revisions were
made based on a 2014 Citizen Opinion Survey and the adoption of Dunn County Zoning.
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History of the Town of Stanton
The Town of Stanton is located in northwestern Dunn County adjacent to the Towns of Springfield and
Glenwood in St. Croix County. It is a standard 36 mile township that includes the incorporated Village of
Knapp on its south side and borders the Village of Boyceville on the north. Stanton is one of twenty-two
townships within the county.
From the creation of the Northwest Territory in 1787 until 1818, the area currently named Dunn County
was, in order, part of the following territories: Michigan, Illinois, and, finally, Wisconsin Territory in
1836. In 1818 Crawford County was formed to include all of Western Wisconsin and that part of
Minnesota east of the Mississippi River. In 1840 St. Croix County was formed out of the northwest
portion of Crawford. As settlement of Europeans increased following Wisconsin statehood in 1848, St.
Croix County was reduced in size by legislative act. Dunn County was formed in 1854, initially including
today's Pepin County. Pepin County was created shortly thereafter in 1858.
As was often the case within the territories and later within states, many large townships were reduced
in size to promote and to facilitate more effective local government when the land increased in
population. New Haven Township was set off from Menomonie Township in 1866. On November 15,
1870, the Town of Stanton was created out of New Haven, including at that time what is now the south
half of Tiffany Township. Tiffany was created in late 1873 or early 1874, leaving Stanton the 36 mile
shape it has held for the past 128 years.
Explorers such as Nicolas Perrot in the late 1600s and Jonathan Carver, a hundred years later, visited
the area. Permanent settlers were attracted to Dunn County by the growing timber industry. The first
lumber mill was established in 1822 at the confluence of Wilson Creek and the Red Cedar River by
Hadin Perkins, representing James Lockwood and Joseph Polette. Those holdings were purchased by
William Wilson and John H. Knapp in 1846. In 1853, Andrew Tainter and Henry L. Stout bought in and
formed the Knapp, Stout and Company. By 1873 Knapp, Stout had become the largest lumber
corporation of its time, owning 115,000 acres of land and employing 1200 men. The close proximity of
the Town of Stanton to this milling operation as well as the presence of Wilson and Annis creeks
(flowing into the Red Cedar at the millsite) further stimulated industry and settlement.
The West Wisconsin Railway laid tracks along the southern border in 1870, locating a station in the
Village of Knapp. Government land, acquired by various means from the Winnebago (Ho Chunk) and
Chippewa (Ojibwa), was given to the railway to finance construction. These land grants were composed
of sections (640 acres), lying, alternately, north and south of the right-of-way. The sale of railroad lands
to lumber companies and settlers not only increased the population and commerce, but gradually
removed the virgin timber from the township. Cut-over land was fertile and quite suitable for the
development of small farms.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, farms throughout Stanton were small, ranging from 40 to
160 acres. They became diversified, with cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and logging. In addition, many
small farmers hired out during the winter months. For the most part, farming in these times was "a way
of life" rather than a business. That condition began to change after World War II.
During the early 20th century, agriculture in Wisconsin was shifting from the growing of wheat and
lumbering to dairying; Wisconsin was well on its way to becoming known as the "dairy state." The hills,
valleys, wetlands, and adequate, tillable lands of Stanton proved suitable for pasturing cattle and
raising forage and feed grains. As a result, dairy farming spread throughout the township, supporting
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local creameries an cheese factories. When farms became more mechanized, they became larger and
less diversified. Over the last fifty years, chickens and pigs, as well as cash crops such as cabbage and
cucumbers, gradually disappeared from the once diversified operations. Each farm featured more cows
that were being milked, and more milk production per cow. That, too, was soon to change.
Small farming has declined, drastically. One need only drive up County highways K, O, and Q to observe
a large number of vacant dairy barns (many have disappeared). Dairy farming is not what it used to be.
In the past few decades cows have vanished from most of the farms in the township. Furthermore, the
terrain that was appropriate for the small farms of the past is not attractive to large family-owned or
corporate farms. The many five, seven, or ten acre fields that cannot be connected and make it difficult
to achieve the efficiency necessary for successful large-scale farming.
More and more land is being used for hobby farms, planted with trees, placed in government programs
or planted with hay, corn, and soybeans. Many wetlands, once pastured or cultivated, have reverted
back into their original state.
Currently, the vast majority of Stanton landowners do not make their living off the land. Still residing
here, they either work in nearby villages or travel to Menomonie, Eau Claire, Hudson, or the Twin Cities
to work. Others have moved to Stanton to retire amid the bounties of nature that may become the
Town's greatest asset.
In the 21st century, Stanton finds itself home to an influx of new citizens, attracted by the beautiful
rural land, its reasonable proximity to work, as well as its educational, shopping, and cultural
opportunities. Just to the west, St. Croix County has developed rapidly, putting pressures on Stanton. It
is incumbent upon the Town of Stanton to manage its future with care. Hence the need for a
comprehensive land use plan.
Cultural and Historical Sites
Since the incorporation of the Village of Knapp in 1905, the Town of Stanton has been completely rural.
From its very beginning, town residents relied on nearby settlements and later villages for shopping,
services, church and other traveling cultural events. The town industry was changing from logging to
farming. One-room schools began to appear. Eventually nine one-room elementary schools and the
Knapp grade school served the town. Knapp also provided two years of high school (see 1927 Stanton
map). School reorganization in the early 1960s caused these “country schools” to close. Since then,
Stanton pupils attend school in Boyceville, Glenwood City, and Menomonie for their elementary and
high school education. One of those country schools, Pleasant Dale, has been restored and serves as a
one-room county school exhibit for current students and interested adults. It is located next to the
Knapp Elementary School and is run and managed by the Menomonie School District.
Former and current residents traveled to nearby villages and to Menomonie to attend church. Knapp,
Boyceville, Downing, Glenwood City, Wilson and Menomonie all had and have Protestant churches and
all but Knapp and Downing have Roman Catholic churches. Surely, church services were held in homes
and some schools until congregations could build a church. Other than that, no church buildings exist in
the current township.
Other than family burial spots, there have been two town cemeteries: the “old” town cemetery located
in the south east quarter of Section 27 and the current Forest Hill Cemetery located on Hwy 12 in
section 35. The old cemetery has been abandoned.
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A house of historical significance is the Omar Cole House currently owned by Mason and Kristen Dusek
(formerly by Tony and Margaret Sammenfink). Mr. Cole was the first settler in Stanton (1863) and built
the existing house in 1868. In addition to being a farmhouse, it served as a stage coach stop, inn, and
school. This house, located on 770th Ave. in section 34, is in great condition and continues to be used
as a family dwelling.
The second house built in the town is believed to be that of the John Bailey family where Betty and Cliff
Nielsen formerly resided and is now occupied by the Tony Finder family just north of Hwy 12 on Co.
Today, as in the early days, town residents rely on nearby communities for cultural activities. However,
with modern transportation, communication technology and extensive library resources, today’s’
residents easily avail themselves of a myriad of cultural opportunities while nestled in the rural hills of
Curtiss-Wedge, History of Dunn County
Dunn County Historical Society, Dunn County History
Mark Wyman, The Wisconsin Frontier, 1998
Town of Stanton Records
Background and Authority
Wisconsin act 9 of the 1999-2001 state biennial budgets commonly recognized as Wisconsin’s "Smart
Growth" legislation was approved. Under the new law, any program or action of a town, village, city,
county, or regional planning commission after January 1, 2010 that affects land use must be guided by,
and be consistent with, an adopted Comprehensive Plan and meet the standards of Chapter 66. 1001 of
the Wisconsin Statutes. The town utilized the following State Statutes to comply with the planning
mandate, Chapter 60.61authorizes and outlines the relationship of planning and zoning for town
Chapter 62.23 enables the town to exercise village powers. On April 15, 2000 the town adopted Village
Powers allowing the formation of a Plan Commission to develop a Comprehensive Plan and to perform
other planning and zoning activities.
State law requires a Plan Commission to draft and recommend adoption of a comprehensive plan.
September 14, 2002 the Town Board drafted and adopted resolution 19 authorizing the formation of a
As per a state mandate all units of government must comply with the Wisconsin Dwelling Code (UDC).
On September 16, 2004 the town adopted ordinance Number 22 authorizing a local control to inspect
and enforce the UDC.
In 2014, the Town Board charged the Plan Commission with updating the Comprehensive Plan to be in
compliance with the required 10 year update. The Plan Commission began having public meetings to
review the Comprehensive Plan and with input and guidance from Bob Colson from Dunn County
Planning and Zoning, the update process began. Each member of the Plan Commission took an area to
review and update and several additional public meetings were held where the updates were reviewed
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After the Plan Commission came up with an updated draft, it was submitted to Bob Colson for review.
Changes were made and the Plan was submitted to the Town Board for approval.
Land Use Planning Process
It was the responsibility of the 2003 Plan Commission to learn about past community changes, changes
likely to occur in the future, and community likes and dislikes and to define what residents want the
community to become. The Plan Commission studied supporting information and evaluated Township
needs. Community participation in this process included a survey, visioning sessions, and open houses.
The Plan Commission is charged with the responsibility for making recommendations to the Town
Board to ensure that implementation of the plan is consistent with the goals and objectives. Based on
its findings, this plan makes recommendations to the Town Board regarding appropriate actions
necessary to address protecting/preserving valuable Township characteristics for a twenty year
The 2014 Plan Commission was charged with basically the same task – only to update and revise the
existing Comprehensive Plan to fit with the opinions of the residents 12 years later.
As with the original Comprehensive plan, it is important to keep in mind the Comprehensive Plan is a
working document that is to be used as a guide at the Township level when making important Land Use
Decisions. The land use planning process is an on-going project and can be changed whenever the need
Recommendations in the comprehensive plan are long range and it is important to understand that
some of them may not be implemented for a number of years. It is possible that some
recommendations may never be implemented. Consequently, recommendations to create local
ordinances need not be drafted and implemented immediately. All recommendations, goals, objectives,
and changes should be made incrementally.
When Stanton adopted Dunn County Zoning in 2013, a zoning map was approved by the Town and by
Dunn County. That zoning map is included in the Comprehensive Plan.
Comprehensive Plan Objectives
Development has existed in the town since its inception, but it has only been in the last 10-20 years
that these pressures have become an issue within the Township. Development pressures have reached
the point where residents believe that if something isn’t done soon the town will risk losing its rural
The purpose of the plan is to provide information about the Town, its resources, its residents, and its
existing character. The plan also addresses community concerns about what the community wants to
be in the future and describes how it intends to get there. The Town Board and Plan Commission will
use the plan to make decisions about future growth and development.
The plan is organized around nine planning elements: Issues and Opportunities; Housing;
Transportation; Agriculture; Natural and Cultural Resources; Utilities and Community Facilities;
Economic Development; Land Use; Intergovernmental Cooperation; and Implementation. Following are
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general overviews and an analysis framework addressing the nine planning elements and general
Issues and Opportunities
Provides demographic information and identifies development trends by identifying key issues and
opportunities, researches selected trends in the local economy and demographics, and generates
Provides basic information on housing stock in the community, analyzes trends, projects the number of
households to be added over the next twenty years, identifies potential problems and opportunities
associated with accommodating varied housing needs, and reviews State and Federal housing
Provides basic information about existing transportation networks in and around the township. It
assesses existing transportation facilities, reviews statewide planning efforts, develops a long-term
transportation plan, and develops goals and objectives.
Provides information on the variety of agricultural resources and programs in the area. It develops
maps of important agricultural resources such as productive soils, topography, land cover, and water
features. It identifies areas of significant agriculture and areas of non-agricultural importance.
Natural and Cultural Resources
Provides basic information on a variety of natural and cultural resources in the area, and develops maps
of significant and/or environmentally sensitive areas such as productive soils, topography, land cover,
and water features.
Utilities and Community Facilities
Provides information on facilities and services such as solid waste management, sewer, water,
recreational areas and schools. It also identifies public facilities and services that need to be expanded.
This baseline information can then be used to provide direction for utility, facility, and service growth as
the population increases in the future.
Provides basic economic information about the Township by analyzing the economic base of the
community and statewide trends affecting the community and region. It identifies desirable businesses
and economic development programs at the local and state level and assesses the community’s
strengths and weaknesses relative to attracting and retaining economic growth.
Reveals the importance and relationships of land uses by preparing updating the existing land use
map, identifying contaminated sites, assessing real estate forces, identifying conflicts, developing 20-
year projections, and preparing updating the future land use map.
Describes specific actions and sequences to implement the integration of the above elements. It
develops a process to measure progress and develops a format for updating the plan.
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Community Involvement and Input
The development and implementation of a successful land use and development plan, and the creation
of policies and management tools are based largely on community involvement. Planners involve the
community by gathering public input, educating the public, and fostering a sense of ownership of the
The purpose of this section is to review the community involvement activities and summarize input
obtained during the planning process. The town has been involved in planning before the state
mandate was issued. Therefore, the public participation process is split into pre and post planning grant
Summary of Citizen Opinion Survey
The Plan Commission used the survey information from both 2003 and 2014 to guide the formation,
update and revision of the Comprehensive Plan. The following paragraphs represent the feeling of the
township residents with regards to residential need and land use.
The responses to the survey questions and comments indicate that people of the Town are concerned
about the Town losing its rural character. They support the idea of preserving farms and farmland,
particularly prime farmland. Most citizens do not find the noise, dust, and odors of farming difficult to
live with, and they enjoy the open space, woodlands, and wildlife habitat. The vast majority are willing
to support land use policies and regulations designed to preserve the rural and agricultural nature of
the Town, within reason. The Citizen Opinion Survey is shown in Appendix A. Graphics comparing the
2003 survey results with the 2014 survey results are shown in Appendix B. The following is a synopsis
• We need to preserve prime farmland for agricultural purposes.
• We like to have agriculture businesses in the township as long as they are not large scale or corporate
• There is harmony between farm and non-farm neighbors regarding dust, noise and odors.
• Agriculture business should be allowed only in designated places.
• Preference for single family homes rather than any other type of development. Suggested lot sizes
should be between one and 10 acres.
• Economic development should occur in designated places only.
• A landowner or farmer should have the right to sell his/her farmland for purposes other than farming.
• Pits and quarries (sand and aggregates) should be allowed to operate in the Town.
• Concern for placement of an industrial sand mine near resident’s homes.
• Town roads adequately meet the needs of the citizens and businesses. Town roads are well maintained.
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• Rural and agricultural character should be preserved in the Town.
• Currently, there are no problems with the contamination of groundwater and the pollution of streams.
Efforts are underway to improve surface water quality in the Wilson and Annis Creek watersheds.
• Issues related to groundwater, surface water and air, are important to the residents of the Town of
Stanton and should be considered
• Woodlands and environmentally sensitive areas should be protected.
Local Government / Land Use
• Nearly half of the residents believed that land use regulations would have a positive impact on property
values, and half believed they would have a negative impact.
• Land use policies and regulations should emphasize preserving the rural and agriculture character of
• Citizens are satisfied with the current recycling program and solid waste handling.
A goal is a long-term end toward which programs or activities are ultimately directed, but might never
be attained. The goal represents a general statement that outlines the most preferable situation that
could possibly be achieved if all the objectives and policies were implemented. The goals are the
Town’s desired destination.
1. Maintain rural character.
2. Optimize natural resources.
3. Promote recreational use of public lands.
4. Balance economic growth with township resources
5. Balance property owner’s rights with community needs
6. Maintain a quality transportation system
7. Maximize intergovernmental cooperative opportunities and shared services
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PART II WHO ARE WE?
Unless otherwise noted the source for information is the 2010 US Census. See Appendix C for the 2010
Recent trends in counties close to Dunn indicate that both projections are conservative. St. Croix County,
lying immediately west of the Town of Stanton, is the fastest growing county in the state. St. Croix and
Pierce counties have been important sources of workers for employers in the Twin Cities. Many Stanton
residents, especially recent arrivals, are currently employed in the Twin Cities. To further illustrate the
conservative nature of the projections, it is important to note that the State is paying the Town of Stanton
shared revenues based on a 2010 population of 791, or a 10.6% increase since 2000.
1990 2010 Total Percent Change
Stanton 637 791 24.18
Menomonie 13,547 16,264 20.06
35,909 43,857 22.13
Wisconsin 4,89I,769 5,686,986 16.26
Table 1 show population trends from 1970 to 2010 for Wisconsin, Dunn County, and the Town of Stanton.
All of these entities grew in this forty-year period. Dunn County had a 50.4% growth rate; Stanton grew at
the rate of 50.00%.
As of 2010, Stanton had 791 residents. Table 1 also shows two different population predictions. The first
projection is based on the average increase, by decade, from 1970 to 2010, 12.52%.
Historical Population by Decade Population Projection
1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Per cent Change Average increase
527 553 637 715 791 50.00 10.73 12.67
29,154 34,314 35,909 39,858 43,857 50.4 12.60 9.27
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Stanton’s population is projected to grow 11.25% by 2040 from 715 to 880. Based on growth since the 2010
Census, this projection could be conservative.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Administration.
553 637 715 799 791 820 840 860 870 880
The Town of Stanton contains 414 males, 52.3%, and 377 females, 47.7%. See Gender Distribution table. The
Age Distribution table indicates that the median age is 41.7 and that the largest age group, those 45-49,
constitutes 10.0% of the population while 12.5%, 99 people, are 65 or older.
791 414 377
Percent 100.0 52.34 47.66
Under 5 39 4.9
5-9 50 6.3
10-14 55 7.0
15-19 63 8.0
20-24 30 3.8
25-34 79 9.98
35-44 117 14.8
45-54 147 18.6
55-59 71 9.0
60-64 41 5.2
65-74 79 9.9
75-84 12 1.5
85 and older 9 1.1
Median Age 41.7 years
774 people or 97.9% of the township is Caucasian. The remaining populating in the town is of American
Indian or Alaska Native or Other.
Short and long-term economic development will be directed by, or perhaps even driven by, the natural
resources of the Township. Change and growth should be managed for the benefit of the entire community
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while recognizing the rights of the property owners. We recognize that the Township should encourage new
businesses that are properly located and fit well into its rural nature.
Selected Survey Results
Twelve of the 44 questions on the Citizen opinion survey (COS) reported in March 13, 2003 dealt directly with
economic issues, primarily farming. In January, 2004 an agricultural survey was sent to 120 farmland owners
to identify useful data to assess the current and future vitality of the local agricultural industry. These surveys
were followed by several meetings with the larger farm operators in the Township. These investigations
produced the following findings regarding economic development:
Cropping tillable land is economically viable and projected to continue. Some of this farming occurs on a
rather large scale. Thus, cash-cropping and dairying, although the latter has been declining in recent years,
are vital parts of the local economy.
COS questions 1-9 clearly show that citizens want productive farmland protected but do not favor "factory
Business/commercial (other than home businesses) should be restricted to designated areas. This includes
• A strong labor pool
• High quality local schools
• Proximity to UW System and CVTC, for education and community services
• Proximity to I-94
• Proximity to rail service
• Beautiful natural environment
• No environmentally contaminated sites
• Low crime rate
• Good medical services
• A number of religious institutions
• No public sewer and water system
• No economic assistance programs to promote new businesses
• Poor infrastructure for telecommunications
Largest Employers in Region
Wal-Mart Associates, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie Public Schools, County of Dunn, Minnesota
Mining and Manufacturing, Mayo Clinic – Menomonie Center, and Cardinal Glass, Con-Agra and Andersen
Mattison Contractors, Pallet Service Corporation, Smith Equipment Company, Century Fence, Service Pro,
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Service Master, Ohly and the Boyceville Public Schools.
Regional Industrial/Commercial Parks
Name Total Acres
Boyceville Industrial Park 250
Colfax Industrial Park 10
Knapp Industrial Park 6
Menomonie Industrial Park 350
Stout Technology Park 162
Source: West Central Regional Plan Commission
The town of Stanton does not have an industrial/commercial base to use as a basis for making future
projections. However, the town would review any proposal against the towns plan. If the proposal is
appropriate for the town, the town would work to secure such proposals. If the proposal is not appropriate
for the town, the town would recommend they pursue the above listed Industrial/business parks.
Selected Economic Development Programs
The Town will work with Dunn County, the State of Wisconsin, and the Federal government to participate in
appropriate economic development programs:
• The Community Development Block Grant-Public Facilities for Economic Development (CDBG-PFED)
• The Community Development Block Grant- Economic Development (CDBG-ED)
• The Community Development Block Grant-Blight Elimination and Brownfield Development Program
• Enterprise Development Zone (EDZ) Community Development Zones (CDZ)
• Rural Economic Development (RED) Early Planning Grant Program
• Wisconsin Development Fund-Major Economic Development Program (MED)
• Transportation Facilities Economic Assistance and Development Program. Customized Training Grant
• Industrial Revenue Bonds
• Technology Development Fund Program. Transportation Economic Assistance
• Tax Incremental Financing
Agriculture is and will continue to be the largest business in the Town. Agriculturally related businesses will
be encouraged as long as they fit within the rural and agricultural character of the area. While the town has
many strengths, it is best suited to meet local agricultural needs. There are no public utilities (sewer and
water). There is limited access to the State and county highway system. There is no rail service, and the town
is not close to a major airport. Because of the small rural population, the state and federal economic
development programs available do not apply. Therefore, industrial and commercial growth is not likely to
occur. The town should encourage such businesses to locate in or near an incorporated area with proper
utility and infrastructure.
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The intent of this element is to provide basic information on the housing stock in the community. It analyzes
trends, assesses needs, and identifies potential problems regarding accommodating the varied housing
needs. For the purpose of this plan housing refers to the “actual building” while household refers to the
“family structure living” in a housing unit. Because households analyze the number of people in a structure,
housing and households are not a one to one comparison.
According to 2010 census data, 327 housing units exist in the township. 259 were owner-occupied, 40 were
renter-occupied, and 9 were seasonal recreational.
The 2014 citizen opinion survey does not indicate as big of a concern of Stanton residents regarding control
of housing. The 2003 survey indicated a large concern for control of housing. The Town Board adopted a
Subdivision Ordinance in 2007 and the Town also adopted Dunn County Zoning in 2013.
It should be noted that there is one subdivision still being developed in Stanton on County Hwy. O, four miles
north of Knapp, sections 10 and 11. There are 27 lots on 116 acres of land. Lots vary in size from one and a
half acres to approximately eight acres.
Federal and State Housing Programs
• Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Housing and Intergovernmental Relations.
• Local Housing Organization Grant Program Low-Income Weatherization Program Rental rehabilitation
• Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Affordable Housing Program Community Investment Program
• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
• Section 202/811. Capital advances for co-op housing for elderly or persons with disabilities.
• Multi-family FHA Mortgage Insurance
• Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
• Affordable Housing Tax Credit Program
• Foundation Grant
• Home Improvement Loan Program
The data indicates that the housing supply is in reasonably good condition. Most of the units are owner
Future Housing Needs
Data from the 2010 Census indicates that from 1990 to 2010 the number of households in the Town of
Stanton increased from 211 to 299, a 41.7% increase.
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The approximately 35.5 miles of roadway within the Town of Stanton are currently acceptable for the needs
of its citizens and businesses. The roadways should be upgraded and maintained as needed to provide
adequate transportation for the citizens. New roads will be added to the Town's system as land is developed
into both commercial and residential subdivisions. These new roads shall be constructed by the project
developers and shall adhere to standards that will be adopted by the Town Board.
Three county highways are in the Town of Stanton and all three principally run from south to north. County
Road Q runs from the west side of the Village of Knapp to State Highway 170. County Road O runs from the
east side of the Village of Knapp to State Highway 170 in the Village of Boyceville. On the eastern side of the
Town, County Road K runs from U.S. Highway 12 to State Highway 170, in the village of Boyceville.
Two highways in the Town are under state jurisdiction. State Highway 79 cuts across the northeastern corner
of the Town. U.S. Highway 12 runs across the southern boundary of the Town. STH 79 was repaved in 2010
from US Highway 12 to State highway 170. US Highway 12 was repaved from State Highway 128 to Interstate
94 in the fall of 2015/spring of 2016. This project also included minor culvert work and guard rail
I-94 lies just to the south of the Township. I-94 is the most convenient route for residents traveling to Eau
Claire or to the Twin Cities. Access to I-94 from the Town is very convenient, with travel times from the
Village of Knapp as low as 5 minutes. This potentially makes the Town an ideal place to live for people who
enjoy living in a rural area, but who have jobs in larger cities.
The Town should work with WisDOT and the Dunn County Highway Department to make improvements on
intersections of state and county highways with town roads, as needed.
The Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) runs through the southern part of the Town. The Town should work with
the Railroad to improve safety at all crossings and work with WisDOT and Dunn County to improve safety at
their crossings also. New crossings should be avoided whenever possible. In the past, discussions have taken
place regarding the inclusion of the UPRR track corridor in a plan to construct a high speed rail line from
Madison to the Twin Cities. While this remains a long range goal for a statewide transportation plan, there
are no projects on the horizon for high speed rail in the region.
Bike and pedestrian facilities should be encouraged when any roadways in the Town are upgraded. Dunn
County currently does not have a county-wide bike trail map or plan. There are no state trails in the Town.
However, the nearest state trail is the Red Cedar Trail in Menomonie. This multi-use trail runs along the Red
Cedar River on an old railroad grade from Menomonie to the Chippewa River. Here it connects to the
Chippewa River Trail, which also runs along former railroad grade for much of its distance. The Chippewa
River Trail connects to the Old Abe Trail, so bicyclists, cross country skiers, or hikers could travel all the way
to Cornell, WI using only state trails.
Local snowmobile clubs have reached agreements with individual land owners to use local trails. State and
County trails do not exist in the Town of Stanton.
Rural Principle Arterial: Principal arterials serve corridor movements having trip length and travel
density characteristics of an interstate or interregional nature. Interstate 94 would fall into this
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Rural Minor Arterial: Minor arterials, in conjunction with principal arterials, serve moderate to large-sized
places (cities, villages, towns, and clusters of communities) and other traffic generators providing intraregional
and inter-area travel movements.
Rural Major Collector: Major collectors provide service to smaller-to-moderate sized places and other intraarea
generators, and link those generators to nearby larger population centers (cities, villages, and towns) or
higher function routes. STH 12 and 79 run through the town, connecting the town with the City of
Menomonie and to Interstate 94.
Rural Minor Collector: Minor collectors provide service to all remaining smaller places, link the locally
important traffic generators with their rural hinterland, and are spaced consistent with population density so
as to collect traffic from local roads and bring all developed areas within a reasonable distance of a collector
road. Minor collectors in the township are county highways K, O and Q.
Rural Local Roads: Local roads provide access to adjacent land and provide for travel over relatively short
distances on an inter-township or intra-township basis. All rural roads not classified as arterials or collectors
would be local function roads.
According to state law, the Township inspects all roads eligible for state aid on a bi-annual basis and assigns a
pavement condition rating. The system used is PASER (Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating). The PASER
Rating System is used to evaluate each road segment, based on a scale of 1-10.
Most of the roads in the Town are rated Good to Fair.
Local Improvement Plan
Due to budget constraints the Town plans to maintain roads in as good of condition as possible using crack
sealing, chip sealing, and small resurfacing projects. No larger projects are anticipated.
County Five Year Improvement Plan
Name From To Mile Year
CTH Q IH 94 USH 12 2.7 2016
State Five Year Improvement Plan
The highways under state jurisdiction (USH 12 and STH 79) have been resurfaced in the recent past and there
are no plans for future projects on these roads. Routine maintenance will take place as needed until the
pavement condition merits more intensive work.
Existing Transportation Facilities
Two light aircraft airports are nearby, Menomonie and Boyceville. Chippewa Valley Airport is located on the
north side of Eau Claire, just off Business 53 (Hastings Way). The major airport in the region is the
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
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Two rail lines, Union Pacific Railroad (Knapp) and the Wisconsin Central Limited Railroad (Boyceville), cross
the county. The Canadian National Railway Company is the parent company of Wisconsin Central.
The Red Cedar State Trail begins at the Menomonie Depot off STH 29, runs near the Red Cedar River for 14.5
miles, and connects to the Chippewa River State Trail. The trail accommodates walking, bicycling, and cross
Special Transit Facilities
Two different types of transportation services are available for clients of the ADRC (those over 60 or
disabled). They are the Doorstop Bus - now known as Demand Response Service and the Volunteer Driver
Lift equipped vehicles are available to transport elderly/disabled clients in Dunn County.
Volunteer Driver Service
Individual transportation is provided by drivers using their own vehicles. Riders must be able to get in and out
of a car without assistance. Priority trips include those to medical facilities and for nutrition purposes. A copayment
of $.27/mile is requested.
To use the volunteer program for the first time, call the ADRC (715-232-4006) to be registered. When
approved, requests can be made by calling Dunn County Transit (715-235-7433) 48 hours in advance.
Despite having good access to rail links, freight movement in the region is dominated by trucking. Given
national trends in the air cargo industry and rail industry, it is expected trucking will remain the dominant
mode of freight transportation well into the future. The closest trucking companies are located in Eau Claire,
Menomonie, and the Twin Cities.
Existing Transportation Plans
Connections 2030 is the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) long-range transportation plan
for the state. This plan addresses all forms of transportation over a 20-year planning horizon: highways, local
roads, air, water, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and transit. WisDOT officially adopted Connections 2030 in October
Midwest Regional Rail System
The Midwest Regional Rail Initiative is a cooperative, multi-agency effort that began in 1996 and involves
nine Midwest states (Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
as well as the Federal Railroad Administration. The Midwest Regional Rail System Plan elements include:
• Use of 3,000 miles of existing rail right of way to connect rural and urban areas
• Operation of a hub and spoke passenger rail system
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• Introduction of modern, high-speed trains operating at speeds up to 110 mph
• Provision of multi-modal connections to improve system access
State Recreational Trails Network Plan (2003)
The State Trails Network Plan (DNR) encourages communities to develop additional trails linking to the
statewide trail system. Planners could work with the DNR and the DOT's Bicycle Transportation Plan to
establish such trails.
Utilities and Community Facilities
Residents of the Town of Stanton currently utilize services and facilities needed to support this rural
agricultural township. Their concerns about safety, health, mobility, education, and recreation are met, for
the most part, by existing local and area services and infrastructures. This element examines the services that
allow current residents to enjoy a high quality of life and make the Town of Stanton attractive to potential
There is no public water system within the Township. Residents get potable water from private wells. The
nearest public water systems are in the Villages of Knapp and Boyceville.
There is no public sanitary sewer system within the Township. The sanitary sewer needs of residents are met
through private septic systems. The nearest public sewer systems are in the Villages of Knapp and Boyceville.
Future wastewater needs will be met through private septic sewer systems.
Storm Water Management Facilities
A storm sewer system is not available in the Township. Storm water is dispersed using the natural contours
of the land in most sections of the Township, with drainage flowing down local creeks to the Red Cedar River.
Where roads and other construction have disturbed the terrain, ditches, culverts, and bridges have to be
used to allow continued drainage. These facilities have been constructed following state and county
Solid Waste Disposal/Recycling
Stanton Township operates its own solid waste management and recycling program. Residents are able to
take their own garbage and recycling materials to the Center located at the Town Shop at their convenience.
Materials that can be recycled include cardboard and newspapers. Garbage must be in a Town of Stanton
bag, purchased at the Center for $1.50 each. Bags are also available at the Bob & Steve’s BP gas station in
Knapp. Most recycling items need not be separated. However, cardboard and newspapers and magazines
must be separated and deposited separately.
Residents are notified, twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, that large roll- off containers will be available to
accept large items such as appliances, furniture, tires, trash, etc. There is a scheduled fee for this service.
The costs for this program are met by the fees and a grant from the state.
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Recreation Facilities and Area Attractions
Several outdoor recreation activities are available in the area. These include hunting, fishing, hiking, golf,
cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. There are state and county snowmobile trails connecting to
adjoining townships and counties. There are also many local township and county parks with recreational
opportunities. The Knapp Memorial Park, with a swimming beach, is free and available to town residents.
The same is true for the Boyceville parks and school playgrounds in both communities. The Red Cedar River,
Lake Menomin, and Tainter Lake offer water sports and fishing. The Red Cedar Trail runs for 14.5 miles along
the Red Cedar River between Menomonie and Dunnville where it joins the 30-mile long Chippewa Valley Trail
leading to Eau Claire. In addition, Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area, located east of Menomonie, offers
over 700 acres of recreational opportunities including trails highlighting the preserved wooded hills, wetland
There are four public libraries in Dunn County: Boyceville, Colfax, Menomonie, and Sand Creek. Dunn County
is a member of Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS) a multi-county system which provides library
services to all residents within the system. The service includes full access to public libraries participating in
the system as well as books by mail and a bookmobile. As members of IFLS the four libraries have access to
library consultants who provide information services such as reference, interlibrary loan service, and support
for children’s services and services for special needs. All four libraries are governed by municipal boards that
meet monthly and are appointed by their municipality. The closest library to Stanton residents is located in
The Dunn County Sheriff's Department provides public safety services to the Township as part of their overall
protection responsibility for the county. These services include 24-hour law enforcement, process service,
court security, and jail facilities.
The Boyceville Community Fire District, along with four other townships and the Villages of Boyceville,
Wheeler, and Knapp, provides fire protection for the Township. Mutual aid agreements are in place with the
Menomonie and Glenwood City Fire departments; they will be put into motion when called upon.
The Department has nine trucks; two engines, three brush trucks, three tankers, one command truck and one
Polaris Ranger with a trailer.
Major funding comes from assessments from each municipality based upon equalized property value, fees
from fire calls, insurance rebates, and donations.
Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
EMT services to the Township are provided by the Boyceville Community Ambulance District, composed of
the same municipalities as the Fire District and one-third of the Town of Sheridan. Boyceville has mutual aid
agreements to assist when needed and vice versa with nearby districts. Currently, the District has two fully
equipped ambulances and a part time Director who supervises twenty trained and certified EMTs. EMT
services are available on a 24-hour a day basis, seven days a week.
This is an organization with EMTs paid a set rate for each "run." The cost of this service is borne by
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assessments to each municipality based upon population, fees received from users and insurance companies,
and Medicare/Medicade. Uncollected fees are absorbed by district property owners.
Municipal Buildings and Equipment
The Township owns a town shop and a salt/sand storage facility on about a two- acre site centrally located in
the Township. The shop houses a truck for snow plowing and hauling rock and other road materials; a tractor
with loader; a brush cutter; a road grader; and storage space.
Stanton uses the town shop for all meetings, elections, open houses, and special events.
Electrical and Natural Gas Transmission
Electrical power is provided to the Township by the Dunn Energy Cooperative and Xcel Energy. Natural gas
service within the Township is limited to the incorporated Village of Knapp. Propane gas and fuel oil are
supplied by local dealers from the surrounding communities.
Local telephone lines are provided by the CenturyLink Telephone Company. Long distance service is available
from AT&T and other companies. Cellular phone service is available from a number of companies.
Many residents have computers with internet access, and most residents have TV service via antenna and
Health Care Facilities
Township residents have ready access to health care in Menomonie, with larger clinics and hospitals available
in Eau Claire. Specific facilities include the Mayo Clinic - Red Cedar Medical Center, the Marshfield Clinic,
Prevea and the Oak Leaf Medical Network. These facilities are associated with a health network that provides
extensive referral services. In addition, services are available from a number of other specialized health care
providers including dental, chiropractic, optometry, and alternative health care approaches.
The Mayo Clinic - Red Cedar Medical Center, the largest of the facilities, provides both clinic and hospital
care. Independent physicians and visiting specialists from the Mayo Clinic provide extensive services through
the clinic. The Mayo Clinic Hospital is licensed for 55 beds and houses a critical care unit and a birthing
center. Emergency care is available on a 24-hour a day, 7-days a week basis.
Child Care Facilities
A number of licensed child care facilities are available in the area. These range from day care providers
approved to offer care in their own homes to larger group centers. These facilities provide care ranging from
infants to children age 12.
Five licensed group centers for up to 20 children are operating in the City of Menomonie. Twenty-two
licensed in-home centers for four (4) to eight (8) children are listed with Menomonie addresses. Three
certified day care providers for no more than three children are also listed in the area. In addition, seven (7)
licensed or certified care facilities are listed with Elk Mound, Elmwood, or Eau Galle addresses.
Information on current child care facilities is available from the Dunn County Human Services Day Care
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One cemetery is located in the Town on Highway 12 east of Knapp; it is managed by a Cemetery Association.
Plots are available.
Stanton is served by three K-12 districts: Boyceville Community Schools; Glenwood City Schools; and the
Menomonie Public School District, which has a K-5 elementary school in Knapp. Most of the township is
within the Boyceville District. Open enrollment options are available to residents who desire them for their K-
The Township is part of the Chippewa Valley Technical College District. The nearest campus is located in
Menomonie. Other CVTC campuses are located in Eau Claire (main campus), Chippewa Falls, and River Falls.
Other higher education degree programs are available from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls, all within commuting distance. Other
institutions of higher learning are offering courses via on-line and outreach programs.
There are no known contaminated sites within the township therefore there are no opportunities to
redevelop these sites.
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The residents of the Town of Stanton are greatly concerned about the livelihood of our agricultural
neighbors. As a town we support agriculture and want:
• To see agriculture remain a vital part of the community.
• To do our share to maintain the spirit of positive cooperation within the community.
• To be responsible stewards of our land.
• To help other to understand what happens when farmland is lost.
• To create plans for the future that creates a consensus for both farmers and rural residents. In general,
the town has not experienced major conflicts with the non-farm residents.
However, there has been concern about how future growth will impact the agricultural community. To
accommodate existing agricultural use while coexisting with natural resource preservation, the town should
identify productive land and inventory sensitive areas in need of protection.
The Town of Stanton recognizes the history of farming, the desire of current residents to maintain the rural
character of the town, and the need to identify diverse farming practices. County zoning regulates any land
division and uses including intensive agricultural uses.
Citizens provide input via open houses, visioning sessions, and surveys recommends minimal restrictions on
land use, but they also want farms to survive because "they like it the way it is." These two expectations
could very well be contradictory, particularly when land has more value for rural residences and recreation
use than for production agriculture.
The Dunn County Land Conservation Division and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service were
used as resources to examine the topography and soils of the Town of Stanton. In 2003, the Ag subcommittee
was composed of practicing farmers who provided their first-hand knowledge used in this report.
Tillable land, including some rather steep slopes, has been cultivated for well over 100 years. As a result,
considerable soil once on relatively flat, high land has eroded,