Cooperative Plans are the most thorough and complete method for developing boundary agreements in Wisconsin. Features include broad notice to area residents and jurisdictions, a cooperative plan for the agreement territory, a public hearing, a comment period, an advisory referendum if requested, and review by the Department of Administration. The Department may approve, deny, or recommend changes to a submitted agreement.
The Cooperative plan process also contains a mechanism enabling communities to request or petition their municipal neighbors to sit down to mediate their issues or disagreements and attempt to develop a boundary agreement. Refusing to mediate results in consequences.