Wisconsin is experiencing a significant housing shortage. A recent study estimates Wisconsin will need to build 200,000 housing units by 2030 to accommodate all the people who want to live and work here. More Housing Wisconsin, a collaboration between the Wisconsin Realtors Association, the Wisconsin Builders Association, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, seeks to educate and inform Wisconsin city and village leaders and staff about zoning changes and other strategies communities can use to help address this state’s housing shortage. Our goal is to bring tools, resources, and best practices to municipalities to help communities initiate housing solutions that meet their unique needs and strengthen our economy.
This first briefing paper released by More Housing Wisconsin is a Housing Ready Checklist, which is a tool to help municipal officials and staff review and evaluate their zoning and subdivision regulations, land use plans, permitting process and fees, communications with developers, use of tax incremental financing, and other policies and procedures related to housing to ensure they are aligned toward the goal of creating more workforce housing for the community.