Towns Can’t Force Coordination

Anti-Smart Growth activists in Oneida County suffered a setback as Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion that says that towns have no statutory authority to require other units of government to engage in a process described as “coordination.”

Van Hollen said some towns have enacted resolutions stating they are requiring counties, state agencies and other governmental agencies to engage in a “coordination” process.   The Attorney General said municipal planning statutes do not contain a “coordination” power that would allow a town to ignore its own statutory obligations or permit a town to impose non-statutory obligations on other municipalities or units of government.

The effort has been led by a radical “property rights” group in Texas known as “American Stewards of Liberty.”  For more information on “coordination” go here.

Read the Attorney General’s Opinion