Local Control of Shore-line Zoning

Local Control of Zoning

The past Wisconsin legislative session resulted in changes to the regulation and implementation of shoreland zoning which remove County control of and puts the State in control of some of the most critical zoning issues. This “one size fits all” approach removes local control of this critical responsibility and thus has the potential to reduce frontage requirements to the state minimum of 100 feet and threatens the Barnes Overlay District which became a formal part of the Bayfield County Zoning Ordinance in 2009. Such changes would significantly threaten the pristine nature of our lakes
We have joined in an effort to return control of the shoreland zoning to the county where it belongs and to stop implementation of reduced lakefront minimum lots sizes until new legislation is effective.
Such an effort requires time, expertise and money. We are supporting the Plum Lake Association in the engagement of attorney Bill O’Connor from the Wheeler law firm in Madison. He has developed a short term strategy for defeating the state takeover of shoreline zoning lake front minimums so that no more property is split up before we can repeal the legislation. He will also draft legislation which will be introduced in the short session of the legislature this fall. In addition, Mary Panzer of Panzer Public Affairs and a former Republican Senate Majority Leader has been engaged. She has substantial depth of contacts in state government and a relationship with many people in the legislature and the administration. She has begun lining up support and the preliminary results are excellent. These efforts will hopefully lead to a broad base of bipartisan support for this bill.
At this time donations are needed for legal and lobbying retainers. We would encourage each of you to make donations to this effort by sending a check payable to Plum Lake Association, Shoreland Zoning (a 501c3 organization and therefore qualifies for a tax deduction). Send this check to “Plum Lake Association”, P.O. Box 193, Sayner, Wisconsin, 54560.
Thank for your consideration. We see this as an action that returns local control to such critical issues and help to ensure the continued pristine nature of our lakes and surrounding environment.