All but one of Wisconsin's regional planning commisssion cover multiple counties. The exception, the Dane County Regional Planning Commisssion, which includes Madison, is to be dissolved soon.
The debate on whether to keep this RPC or dissolve/replace it has been going on for about six years. It is hard, particularly for those who are in the more rural parts of the county, to see the RPC as much more than a bunch of lazy, unimaginitive planners who merely perpetuate their own existence by billing communities for half-assed attempts at planning. Yeah, strongly worded, but then I have first-hand knowledge of their work. Besides, isn't a one-county RPC a duplication of county planning?
On the other hand, some of what they do has had value, such as their water quality efforts. And attempts at regional planning are bound to run afoul of some parties, particularly in a rural area dominated by a large (and reputedly somewhat liberal) city.
I suppose getting rid of the RPC like this will get rid of the deadwood employees (though unfortunately, the good staff as well). Still, is it a good idea to dissolve an agency without a replacement ready to fill the void?