Rusk County, Wisconsin

March 19, 1907 the 48th Wisconsin Legislature created the Town of Willard. The early pioneers of our Town were tasked with transforming wilderness and cutover land into homesteads. They accomplished this by helping each other, cooperating with neighboring towns on projects, and sharing plans for best practice in land development. Those who followed the plans fared better than others.

Over the next 75 years, plans for best practices in land development became more formal. Cities and counties created comprehensive plans (master plans) for housing, roads, farms, utilities, and economic development. In 1999, former Governor Tommy Thompson signed into law Act 9. The law required that every municipality in the state that wished to have a say in land use decisions approve and adopt a comprehensive plan prior to January 1, 2010.

On June 20, 2009 the Town of Willard adopted the following Comprehensive Plan to promote the orderly development of the Township. While planning for growth, a Comprehensive Plan cannot predict the future, and is a fluid document that needs revision over time. This Plan has been reviewed, and amendments were adopted 2018 and 2023.


Full Comprehensive Plan (pdf, 3.75 MB), or view individual sections below:

Cover, Credits

Adoption and Revisions

Introduction and Goals

1 Issues and Opportunities

2 Housing

3 Transportation

4 Utilities and Community Facilities

5 Agriculture Natural and Cultural Resources

6 Economic Development

7 Intergovernmental Cooperation

8 Land Use

9 Implementation

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D


2023 Updates to Comprehensive Plan