Boundary agreements are a valuable tool available to local communities to avoid potentially lengthy and costly litigation conflicts over annexation, incorporation, consolidation, land use, revenue, services, environmental resources and issues, new development, and other intergovernmental issues. Instead of dueling against one another in an adversarial and usually reactive manner, boundary agreements enable communities to proactively develop solutions to benefit the area as a whole and move both communities toward their desired future vision and goals.
To assist communities in developing boundary agreements, the Department maintains a list of trained and experienced Mediators. For example, a neutral and professional mediator can be beneficial when communities are struggling over a particular issue.
There are three types of Boundary Agreements allowed by Wisconsin law:
- Municipal Data System - an
interactive and searchable database of municipal boundary agreements, as well as boundary adjustment ordinances, consolidations, and incorporations.