North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC)

210 McClellan Street,
Suite 210
Wausau, WI 54403
Phone: (715) 849-5510
Fax: (715) 849-5110

Counties Served:
Adams, Forest, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, Wood

Year Created: 1973

Program and Activity Summary

Economic Development:
The Commission annually prepares a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) as a way to monitor the economic condition of the Region and to provide a basic development strategy for the Region. The Commission provides technical assistance to members to prepare local economic development plans and apply for loans and grants from State and Federal sources. In conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the Commission has inventoried the Region’s available industrial sites and buildings and maintains that database. These sites and buildings are marketed worldwide, via the Internet, in an effort to attract new jobs to the Region

In addition, the Commission administers two regional revolving loan funds, on behalf of the North Central Wisconsin Development Corporation, which is designed to provide low cost financing to businesses that increase employment, add to the local tax base, and bring general economic stability to the Region.

Community Development:
The Commission assists local communities with a range of community development activities, including grant writing and administration, tax incremental financing planning, downtown revitalization, capital improvements planning, housing and public facility needs surveys and studies, park layout and design, zoning ordinance development and other general technical assistance.

As part of its statutory function of preparing a master plan for the Region, the Commission was the first regional planning commission to update its regional plan under the new comprehensive planning law. The Regional Comprehensive Plan creates framework for consistency and coordination in the preparation of county and local comprehensive plans throughout the Region.

Land Use and Environmental Resources:
The Commission provides land use planning assistance to counties and local communities. It prepares comprehensive plans, sewer services plans, all-hazard mitigation plans, wellhead protection plans, community wildfire protection plans, and outdoor recreation plans. In addition, zoning codes and ordinances and other implementation tools are developed.

The Commission participates in transportation in a variety of ways, including the development of local road improvement plans, traffic count assistance, highway access plans, and alternative route plans. It also provides assistance in preparing grant applications to fund local transportation related projects, including Federal Enhancements and State TEA programs. The Commission conducts special projects such as highway corridor studies as well.

Information and Data Systems:
The Commission is a regional data center, a State Data Center affiliate, and a U.S. Census clearinghouse. As such, the Commission maintains a wide range of socioeconomic information, including population, income, and employment data. In addition, the Commission has developed and maintains a regional Geographic Information System (GIS) to assist in the planning analysis process. The Commission also maintains base maps and aerial photography for the Region.

  • Operating Characteristics
  • Commission and Method of Selection
  • Current Commissioners
  • Staff
2014 Budget:
$861,440 (8% Federal, 8% State, 27% Local Levy, 56% Contracts, and 1% Other)
The Commission is governed by three Commissioners from each member county. Each county appoints one Commissioner directly, while the other two are appointed by the Governor, one directly and one from a list of names submitted by the county.
Adams: Richard Bakovka; Rocky Gilner; Appointment Pending
Forest: Buck Dailey; Jim Landru, Jr.; Paul Millan (Vice Chair)
Juneau: Jerry Niles; Edmund Wafle; Kenneth Winters
Langlade: George Bornemann; Ronald Nye; Paul Schuman
Lincoln: Robert Lussow (Chair); Frank Saal, Jr.; Doug Williams
Marathon: Virginia Heinemann; Craig McEwen; Bettye Nall
Oneida: Harland Lee; Thomas Rudolph; Appointment Pending
Portage: No Representation
Vilas:  Bob Egan; Kim Simac; Appointment Pending
Wood: Tom Hafeman; Gerald Nelson; Appointment Pending
Authorized Staff: 10
Staff Contacts:
Dennis Lawrence, AICP, Executive Director
Darryl L. Landeau, AICP, Senior Planner
Andrew Faust, GISP, Senior GIS Analyst
Fred Heider, AICP, Planner
Paula Priebe, Planner
Brad Sippel, Planner
Matt Guptail, GISP, GIS/Planning Tech.
Pam Winkels, Administrative Assistant