From the Jan 22, 2016 Newsletter of Devin LeMahieu, Wisconsin State Senator, District 9
|Senate Bill 477: Shoreland Zoning
|I worked with the Counties association to draft this bill in order to clarify provisions of Wisconsin shoreland zoning program. This bill focuses on 4 provisions with the zoning program:
- It gives counties the opportunity to require greater setbacks when there is an existing development pattern along a shoreline because of prior setback requirements. In addition, it codifies current law that if principal structures exist on adjacent lots within 250 feet of a proposed principal structure in both directions along a shoreline the setback may be the average of the setbacks on each adjacent lot. That setback may be no less than 35 feet.
- Clarifies that certain structures listed as exempt structures in NR 115 are still exempt structures
- Allows a county to be able to limit dry boathouse repair and replacement within the original three dimensional envelop as opposed to the footprint
- Clarifies and provides counties with other options to calculate impervious surfaces. DNR shoreland zoning standards must prohibit a roadway or sidewalk from being considered an impervious service.
In the end, SB 477 will add flexibility and clarity to shoreland zoning ordinances. A public hearing was held on this bill and now needs to be voted on by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.
Senator LeMahieu’s Office: 323 South, State Capitol | Phone: (608) 266-2056 | P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882