November 12, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Rep. Jeff Mursau (888) 534-0036 http://Mursau.Assembly.Wisconsin.Gov
Madison … Bipartisan majorities in the Wisconsin State Legislature approved Representative Jeff Mursau’s (R – Crivitz) bill to streamline municipal zoning in Wisconsin. The bill will allow cities and villages to have one zoning law instead of a patchwork of zoning laws when they annex land from towns without their own zoning.
“Without this bill, cities and villages have to inspect when each property is annexed and compare it to the county zoning ordinance at the time it was annexed,” Mursau said. “It is ridiculous to expect cities and villages to implement more than one zoning standard in its own territory.”
The legislation also narrows regulations to ensure they apply only to natural water bodies. Current law has required cities and villages to regulate land adjacent to drainage ditches and retention ponds as if they provide the same public benefits as lakes, streams and rivers.
“This bill will help local officials better spend their time and effort improving our environment and build our communities through sensible development.”
Senator Tom Tiffany (R – Hazelhurst) was the lead author in the Wisconsin State Senate. The bill now heads to Governor Scott Walker for his consideration to sign it into law.