Village of Argyle, WI
Lafayette County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
Jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of this chapter shall include all structures, air, lands and water within the corporate limits of the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.
B. 
Compliance. No structure, land or water shall hereafter be used and no structure or part thereof shall hereafter be located, erected, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged, converted or structurally altered without full compliance with the provisions of this chapter and all other applicable Village, county and state regulations.
The following use restrictions and regulations shall apply:
A. 
Principal uses. Only those principal uses specified for a district, their essential services and the following shall be permitted in that district:
B. 
Performance standards. Performance standards listed in Article VIII shall be complied with by all uses in all districts.
C. 
Conditional uses. Provisions applicable to conditional uses generally:
(1) 
Conditional uses and their accessory uses are considered as special uses, requiring, for their authorization, review, public hearing and approval by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, in accordance with Article IV of this chapter, excepting those existent at time of adoption of the Zoning Code.
(2) 
Those existing uses which are classified as "conditional uses" for the district(s) in which they are located at the time of adoption of this chapter require no action by the Plan Commission to continue as valid conditional uses, and the same shall be deemed to be "regular" conditional uses.
(3) 
Proposed change from permitted use in a district to conditional use shall require review, public hearing and approval by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission in accordance with Article IV.
(4) 
Conditional use(s), when replaced by permitted use(s), shall terminate. In such case(s), the reestablishment of any previous conditional use(s) or establishment of new conditional use(s) shall require review, public hearing and approval by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, in accordance with Article IV.
(5) 
Conditional uses authorized by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, shall be established for a period of time to a time certain or until a future happening or event at which the same shall terminate.
(6) 
Conditional uses authorized by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, shall not be subject to substitution with other conditional uses, whether similar type or not, without Board approval and the procedures required in Article IV.
D. 
Uses not specified in this chapter.
(1) 
Uses not specified in this chapter which are found by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, to be sufficiently similar to specified permitted uses for a district shall be allowed by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission.
(2) 
Uses not specified in this chapter and which are found sufficiently similar to specified conditional uses permitted for a district may be permitted by the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, public hearing and approval in accordance with Article IV.
No lot, yard, parking area, building area or other space shall be reduced in area or dimension so as not to meet the provisions of this chapter. No part of any lot, yard, parking area or other space required for a structure or use shall be used for any other structure or use.
A. 
Site suitability. No land shall be used or structure erected where the land is held unsuitable for such use or structure by the Village Board by reason of flooding, concentrated runoff, inadequate drainage, adverse soil or rock formation, unfavorable topography, low percolation rate or bearing strength, erosion susceptibility, or any other feature likely to be harmful to the health, safety, prosperity, aesthetics and general welfare of this community. The Village Board, in applying the provisions of the section, shall in writing recite the particular facts upon which it bases its conclusion that the land is not suitable for certain uses. The applicant shall have an opportunity to present evidence contesting such unsuitability if he/she so desires. Thereafter, the Village Board may affirm, modify or withdraw its determination of unsuitability.
B. 
Street frontage. All lots shall abut upon a public street or other officially approved means of access, and each lot shall have a minimum frontage of 40 feet at the street edge, 80 feet at the building setback line; however, to be buildable, the lot shall comply with the frontage requirements of the zoning district in which it is located.
C. 
Principal structures. All principal structures shall be located on a lot. Only one principal structure shall be located, erected or moved onto a lot. Except in any residential lot, the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, may permit as a conditional use more than one principal structure per lot in any district where more than one such structure is needed for the orderly development of the parcel. Where additional structures are permitted, the Village Board, upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission, may impose additional yard requirements, landscaping requirements or parking requirements, or require a minimum separation distance between principal structures.
D. 
Dedicated street. No zoning permit shall be issued for a lot which abuts a public street dedicated to only a portion of its proposed width and located on that side thereof from which the required dedication has not been secured.
E. 
Lots abutting more restrictive districts. Lots abutting more restrictive district boundaries shall provide side and rear yards not less than those required in the more restrictive abutting district. This does not apply to adjacent residential districts. The street yard setbacks in the less restrictive district shall be modified for a distance of not less than 60 feet from the more restrictive district boundary line so such street yard setbacks shall be no less than the average of the street yards required in both districts.
F. 
Preservation of topography. In order to protect the property owner from possible damage due to change in the existing grade of adjoining lands, and to aid in preserving and protecting the natural beauty and character of the landscape, no change in the existing topography of any land shall be made which would result in increasing any portion of the slope to a ratio greater than 1 1/2 horizontal to one vertical within a distance of 20 feet from the property line, except with the written consent of the owner of the abutting property and with the approval of the Village Board, following a recommendation from the Plan Commission; or which would alter the existing drainage or topography in any way as to adversely affect the adjoining property. In no case shall any slope exceed the normal angle of slippage of the material involved, and all slopes shall be protected against erosion.
G. 
Decks/porches. For purposes of this chapter, particularly regarding setbacks, decks and/or porches shall be considered a part of the principal building or structure being served.
H. 
Double-frontage lots. Buildings on through lots and extending from street to street may have waived the requirements for a rear yard by furnishing an equivalent open space on the same lot in lieu of the required rear yard, provided that the setback requirements on both streets be complied with.
I. 
Corner side yards. The required side yard on the street side of corner lots shall be at least 50% greater than the minimum specified for the district.
J. 
Required buffer strips in industrial districts. Where an industrial district abuts a residential district, there shall be provided along any rear, side or front line, coincidental with any industrial-residential boundary, a buffer strip not less than 40 feet in width, as measured at right angles to said lot line. Plant materials at least six feet in height, of such variety and growth habits as to provide a year-round effective visual screen when viewed from the residential district, shall be planted within the exterior 25 feet abutting the residential district. If the required planting screen is set back from the industrial-residential boundary, the portion of the buffer strip facing the residential district shall be attractively maintained. The exterior 25 feet of the buffer strip shall not be devoted to the parking of vehicles or storage of any material or accessory uses. The interior 15 feet may be devoted to parking of vehicles.
[Added 8-2-2006]
All accessory structures, attached garages, and unattached garages located within the R-1, R-2, R-3 and R-4 Districts of the Village of Argyle, as those districts are defined in this Code, shall be further restricted as follows:
A. 
The maximum square footage of all accessory structures, other than garages and other than garden sheds, shall be 900 square feet.
B. 
The maximum square footage for all garden sheds shall be 200 square feet.
C. 
All accessory structures, including unattached garages, shall be single story with a maximum height of 17 feet.
D. 
No accessory structure, attached or unattached garage, shall be constructed in such a manner that more than 20% of the exterior surface of the structure, other than the roof, shall of any metal-type material, without the granting of a conditional use, pursuant to this Code.