Town of Greenville, WI
Outagamie County
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For the purpose of this chapter, the following shall apply as indicated throughout the chapter:
A. 
The word "person" includes a firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company or corporation as well as an individual.
B. 
The present tense includes the future tense and the singular includes the plural.
C. 
The word "shall" is mandatory; the word "may" is permissive.
D. 
The words "used" or "occupied" also mean intended, designed or arranged to be used or occupied.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms are defined:
ACCESSORY USE OR STRUCTURE
A use or structure on the same lot with the principal use or structure, and of a nature customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal structure.
ADULT ESTABLISHMENTS
Establishments which include bookstores, motion-picture theaters, mini-motion-picture theaters, bath houses, massage parlors, modeling and body painting studios and cabarets whose principal use is to depict, describe, engage in or relate to specified anatomical areas or specified sexual activities.
[Amended 1-30-2006]
ALLEY
A public or approved private way which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting property.
AIRPORT (PUBLIC)
Any airport which complies with the definition contained in Chapter 114, Wis. Stats., or any airport which serves or offers to serve common carriers engaged in air transport.
ALTERATION
A change or rearrangement in the structural parts of a structure, an enlargement of a structure, whether by extending on the side or by increasing the height, or the movement of a structure from one location to another.
AUTOMOBILE FILLING STATION
Buildings and premises where gasoline, oil, grease, batteries, tires and automobile accessories and convenience retail goods may be supplied, dispensed and sold and where minor repair or maintenance work may be performed such as ignition service, tire repair, repair and replacement of minor parts such as pumps and filters and the like.
AUTOMOBILE SALVAGE YARDS
Premises used for the storing, dismantling, crushing, shredding or disassembly of used motor vehicles or their parts.
BILLBOARD
See "off-premises signs" in § 320-48.
BOARDING HOUSES
An establishment where meals and lodging are provided for compensation by prearrangement other than in dwelling units, without limitation on time periods involved.
BUILDING
A structure having one or more stories and a roof which is used or intended to be used for shelter or enclosure for persons, property or animals.
BUILDING HEIGHT
A building's vertical measurement, from the main level of the finished grade in front of the building to the highest point on the roof line of a flat roof or a roof having a pitch ratio of less than 1.4 from the horizontal, and to a point midway between the peak and the eaves of a roof having a pitch ratio of more than 1.4.
BUILDING FRONTAGE
The front of a building shall be construed to be the portion facing a street. For purposes of computation of the number and area of signs, the frontage of a building shall be computed as nearly at ground level as computation of horizontal distance permits. In cases where this test is indeterminate or cannot be applied, as for instance where there is a diagonal corner entrance, the Administrator or Inspector shall select building frontage on the basis of interior layout of the building, traffic on adjacent streets or other indicators.
BUILDING LINE
The rear edge of any required front yard or the rear edge of any required setback line.
BUILDING SITE
The lot or lots or portion of a lot or lots used for a building, the total area of which lots is ascribed to the building for compliance with these zoning regulations.
CLINIC
An office or group of offices relating to the health care professions including physicians, dentists and the like engaged in the treatment of persons.
COMMON OPEN SPACE
A parcel or parcels of land or an area of water or combination of land and water designated and intended for either the recreational use and enjoyment of residents of the development for which it was established and for the general public, or for the exclusive recreational use and enjoyment of residents of the development for which it was established. No yard required in connection with any principal use or structure shall be designated or intended for use as common open space.
COMMUNITY LIVING ARRANGEMENT
Facilities defined in § 46.03, Wis. Stats.
CONSERVATION SUBDIVISION
A subdivision wherein not less than 50% of the total area of the plat is set aside and restricted as common open space by a conservation easement or other suitable instrument as set forth in Chapter 270, Subdivision Control.
CONVALESCENT HOME AND NURSING HOME
A place where regular care is provided to three or more infirmed persons, children, or aged persons, who are not members of the family which resides on the premises.
COUNTY
Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
A. 
A place where regular day care is provided to not more than eight children and is licensed pursuant to Chapter 48, Wis. Stats.
B. 
A place where regular day care is provided to nine or more children and is licensed pursuant to Chapter 48, Wis. Stats.
DEVELOPMENT
Any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to construction or additions or substantial improvements to buildings, other structures, or accessory uses, mobile homes, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations, and deposition of materials.
DOG KENNEL
A place where more than three adult dogs are boarded for a fee on a recurrent basis, or a place that keeps, harbors or has custody of more than three dogs for any purpose.
DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT
Any establishment dispensing or serving food in automobiles, including those establishments where customers serve themselves and may eat or drink in the building or in their automobiles on the premises.
DWELLING UNIT
A room or rooms connected together, constituting a separate, independent housekeeping establishment for one family only, for owner occupancy or for rental, lease or other occupancy on a weekly or longer basis, physically separated from any other rooms or dwelling units, and containing independent cooking and sleeping facilities.
DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED
A building containing not more than one dwelling unit, entirely separated from structures on adjacent lots. The term "detached dwelling" shall not include mobile/manufactured homes, travel trailers, or other forms of portable or temporary housing.
DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY ATTACHED
A building containing not more than one dwelling unit attached at the side or sides in a series or group of three or more buildings, each containing not more than one dwelling unit. Each building shall be separated from the adjoining building or buildings by a party wall or walls extending from footings through roofs. The term "attached dwelling" is intended to imply townhouses, patio, or atrium houses or any form which conforms to this definition.
DWELLING, TWO-FAMILY
One building containing not more than two dwelling units or two buildings, attached at the side, with not more than one dwelling unit per building. The term "two-family dwelling" is intended to imply single-family semidetached buildings and duplexes or any form which conforms to this definition.
DWELLING, MULTIPLE FAMILY
A building containing three or more dwelling units. The term "multifamily dwelling" shall include cooperative apartments, condominiums, apartments and the like. Regardless of how rental units are equipped, any multifamily dwelling in which units are available for rental periods of less than one week shall be considered a motel.
DWELLING, MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOME
A building transportable in one or more sections, built on a permanent chassis, with body width exceeding eight feet or body length exceeding 32 feet, designed to be used as a single dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities.
DWELLING, MODULAR HOME
A building made up of two or more modular sections transported to the home site, put on a permanent foundation and joined to make a single dwelling. For the purposes of this chapter, modular homes shall be allowed as a single-family detached dwelling.
FAIR MARKET VALUE
Assessed value adjusted for equalized value.
[1]
A. 
One or more persons living together in a single dwelling unit as a traditional family or the functional equivalent of a traditional family. It shall be a rebuttable presumption that four or more persons living together in a single dwelling unit who are not related by blood, adoption or marriage do not constitute the functional equivalent of a traditional family. In determining the functional equivalent of a traditional family, the following criteria shall be present:
(1) 
The group shares the entire dwelling unit.
(2) 
The group lives and cooks together as a single housekeeping unit.
(3) 
The group shares expenses for food, rent, utilities or other household expenses.
(4) 
The group is permanent and stable and not transient or temporary in nature.
(5) 
Any other factor reasonably related to whether the group is the functional equivalent of a family.
B. 
This definition is not intended to prohibit group homes or community living arrangements that are determined to be protected by the Federal Fair Housing Law, provided that such facilities are licensed and permitted under the authority of the State Department of Health Services or the State Department of Children and Families or other state department or agency.
FLOOR AREA
The sum of the gross horizontal areas of the several floors of a building measured from the exterior faces of the exterior walls or from the center line of walls separating two buildings, excluding public corridors, common rest rooms, attic areas, unenclosed stairways, elevator structures, heating or other building machinery or equipment or basement space.
FLOOR AREA RATIO
The ratio of the total floor area of a building to the total lot area.
FUR FARM
Land, buildings or structures used for the purpose of raising or harboring fur-bearing animals including those defined in § 29.001, Wis. Stats., and also including chinchillas, whether the animals are kept for breeding, slaughtering or petting.
GARAGE, PRIVATE
An accessory building designed or used for inside parking of private motor vehicles, recreational vehicles or boats by the occupant of the principal building. A private garage attached to or a part of the main building is to be considered part of the main building.
HOME OCCUPATIONS
An occupation in a residential district conducted entirely in a dwelling unit. See § 320-32.
HOTEL
An establishment where sleeping accommodations are offered to the public and intended primarily for rental to transients with daily charge, as distinguished from multifamily dwellings and boarding houses, where rentals are for periods of a week or longer and occupancy is generally by residents rather than transients. Hotel may serve meals to both occupants and others. The term "hotel" is also intended to imply motel, motor court, motor lodge, tourist court or any form which conforms to this definition.
JUNKYARD
Premises where land, building or structures where junk, waste, discarded, salvaged or similar materials such as old metals, wood, lumber, glass, paper, rags, cloth, cordage, barrels, containers, etc., are brought, sold, exchanged, baled, packed, stored or handled, including used lumber and building materials, equipment, wrecking yards and the like. This definition shall not include automobile salvage or wrecking yards or pawnshops and establishments for the sale, storage or purchase of secondhand vehicles, clothing, furniture, appliances or similar household goods, all of which shall be usable, nor shall it apply to the processing of used, discarded or salvageable materials incident to manufacturing activity on the same site.
LANDSCAPE BUFFER
The use of properly planted and maintained buffer areas may reduce and ease potential incompatibility between and among different uses of land in proximity to each other.
A. 
Requirements. Where these regulations require a landscape buffer area, the following requirements shall be met:
(1) 
The landscaped buffer area shall not be less than eight feet in width measured at right angles to property lines and shall be established along the entire length of and contiguous to the designated property line or lines.
(2) 
The area shall be so designed, planted and maintained as to be 75% or more opaque at least 10 feet above average ground level when viewed horizontally.
(3) 
Types and number of plantings for landscaped buffers shall be submitted with application for a building permit or special exception, along with plans and statements demonstrating how the buffer will be maintained in the future.
(4) 
Plantings shall be of a size and type that will insure the meeting of the 75% opacity requirement within no longer than 12 months of the date of the first planting.
(5) 
Failure to maintain the landscaped buffer area as set out above shall be a violation of these zone regulations.
B. 
Sight distance. When an accessway intersects a public right-of-way, all landscaping shall provide unobstructed visibility at a level between 3 1/2 feet and 10 feet.
LANDSCAPING
Landscaping shall consist of, but not be limited to, grass, ground covers, shrubs, vines, hedges, trees, berms and complementary structural landscape architectural features such as rock, fountains, sculpture, decorative walls and tree wells.
LOT
A parcel of land used or set aside and available for use as the site for one or more buildings and buildings accessory thereto or for any other purpose, in one ownership and not divided by a street nor including any land within the limits of a public or private street right-of-way. The term "record lot" shall mean land designated as a distinct and separate parcel on a legally recorded deed or plat in the Register of Deeds' office.
LOT AREA
The total horizontal area within the lot lines of the lot.
LOT COVERAGE
The percentage of the lot area covered by the principal or accessory structure.
LOT DEPTH
Depth of a lot shall be considered to be the distance between the midpoints of straight lines connecting the foremost points of the side lot lines in front and the rearmost points of the side lot lines in the rear.
LOT FRONTAGE
The front of an interior lot shall be construed to be the portion nearest the street. For the purpose of determining yard requirements on corner lots and through lots, all sides of a lot adjacent to a street shall be considered frontage, and yards shall be provided as set out in these zoning regulations. For the purpose of computing number and area of signs, frontage of a lot shall be established by orientation of the frontage of buildings thereon, or of principal entrance points to the premises if building frontage does not clearly indicate lot frontage. If neither of these methods are determinant, the Building Inspector shall select on the basis of traffic flow on adjacent streets, and the lot shall be considered to front on the street with the greater flow.
LOT TYPES
The diagram that follows illustrates terminology used in these zoning regulations with reference to corner lots, interior lots, reversed frontage lots and through lots.
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A
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Corner lot, defined as a lot located at the intersection of two or more streets. A lot abutting on a curved street or streets shall be considered a corner lot if straight lines drawn from the foremost point of the lot meet at an interior angle of less than 135°. See lots A(1) in the diagram.
B
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Interior lot, defined as a lot other than a corner lot with only one frontage on a street.
C
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Through lot, defined as a lot other than a corner lot with frontage on more than one street. Through lots abutting two streets may be referred to as "double frontage lots."
D
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Reversed frontage lot, defined as a lot on which the frontage is at right angles or approximately right angles (interior angle less than 135°) to the general pattern in the area. A reversed frontage lot may also be a corner lot (A-D in the diagram), and interior lot (B-D) or a through lot (C-D).
LOT WIDTH
Width of a lot shall be considered to be the average distance between straight lines connecting front and rear lot lines at each side of the lot, measured as straight lines between the foremost points of the side lot lines in front (where they intersect with street line) and the rearmost points of the side lot lines in the rear; provided, however, that the width between the side lot lines at their foremost points in the front shall not be less than 80% of the required lot width, except in the case of lots on the turning circle of a cul-de-sac, where the width shall not be less than 60% of the required lot width.
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MANUFACTURED DWELLING
Any structure or component thereof which is intended for use as a dwelling and is of closed construction and fabricated or assembled on site or off site in manufacturing facilities for installation, connection or assembly and installation at the building site or is a building of open construction which is made or assembled in manufacturing facilities away from the building site for installation, connection, or assembly and installation on the building site and for which certification is sought by the manufacturer.
MANUFACTURED HOME
A factory-built, single-family structure that is manufactured under the authority of 42 U.S.C. § 5401, the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act, is transportable in one or more sections, is built on a permanent chassis and fitted with wheels that is intended to be hauled to a site and is registered and titled with the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.
MOBILE HOME
A mobile home, transportable, factory built home, designed to be used as a year-round residential dwelling and built prior to the enactment of the Federal Manufactured Housing construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, which became effective June 15, 1976.
MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOME PARK
Premises designed and maintained for the location of two or more mobile/manufactured homes under a continuing local general management and including special facilities for common use by the occupants such as open space areas and recreational areas and buildings.
MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOME SITE
A mobile/manufactured home site is a parcel or lot within a mobile/manufactured home park, designated for the accommodation of not more than one mobile/manufactured home.
MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOME SUBDIVISION
Premises where more than two mobile/manufactured homes are located for nontransient living purposes and where lots are set aside and offered for sale for use as mobile/manufactured homes for living purposes.
MOTOR VEHICLE
A vehicle which is intended to be self-propelled, including, but not limited to, automobiles, tractors, trucks, recreational vehicles, watercraft, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles as listed below:
[Added 1-8-2018 by Ord. No. 12-17]
A. 
Passenger vehicle, compact. Any passenger vehicle that does not exceed six feet in width and/or 15 feet in length.
B. 
Passenger vehicle. Private passenger vehicle properly licensed and operable of less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.
C. 
Small trucks, commercial vehicles and farm equipment. A truck, van, tractor or commercial vehicle with less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.
D. 
Large trucks, commercial vehicles and farm equipment. A truck, cargo van, tractor or bus greater than 10,000 pounds.
E. 
Recreational vehicle. An operable vehicle primarily used for leisure activities, including, but not limited to, camper trailers, boats with or without trailers, utility trailers, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles.
F. 
Motor homes. A self-propelled vehicle on a chassis outfitted for travel with permanent sleeping accommodations but not for permanent use as a dwelling.
MOTOR VEHICLE FILLING STATION
Buildings and premises where motor vehicle fuels are supplied, dispensed and/or sold.
[Added 1-8-2018 by Ord. No. 12-17]
NET ACRE
The total acreage of a lot, tract or parcel of land excluding land in existing and proposed streets and street rights-of-way.
NET DENSITY
Refers to the number of residential dwellings units permitted per net acre of land and is determined by dividing the number of units by the total area of land within the boundaries of a lot or parcel not including street rights-of-way. In the determination of the number of dwellings to be permitted on a specific parcel of land, a fractional unit shall not entitle the applicant to an additional unit.
OFFICE, BUSINESS
A business office is an office for such activities as real estate agencies, advertising agencies (but not sign shops), insurance agencies, travel agencies and ticket sales, chamber of commerce, credit bureau (but not finance company), abstract and title agencies or insurance companies, stockbrokers, and the like. It is characteristic of a business office that retail or wholesale goods are not shown on the premises to a customer. A barber or beauty shop is not a business office.
OFFICE, PROFESSIONAL
A professional office is an office for the use of a person or persons generally classified as professionals, such as architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and the like.
PLANNING COMMISSION
The agency or commission designated by the Town Board pursuant to § 62.23, Wis. Stats.
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT
A residential or commercial development comprehensively planned as an entity via a unitary plan which permits flexibility in building siting, mixtures of housing types, usable open spaces and the preservation of significant natural features.
RECREATIONAL CAMP
Premises and facilities used occasionally or periodically for the accommodation of members of groups or associations for outdoor recreational activities.
SIGN
See definition of "sign" in § 320-48.[2]
SPECIAL EXCEPTION
Those uses or structures that may not be appropriate generally or without restriction throughout a district but which if controlled as to number, area, location, or relation to the neighborhood, would promote the public health, safety, welfare, comfort, convenience or the general welfare. Such uses or structures may be permitted in a zoning district if they meet the requirements of the district in which they are located and Article XXVII of this chapter.
SPECIFIED ANATOMICAL AREAS
Less than completely and opaquely covered human genitals, pubic region, buttocks, female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola and human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state even if completely or opaquely covered.
[Amended 1-30-2006]
SPECIFIED SEXUAL ACTIVITIES
Activities where human genitals are in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal; acts of masturbation, sexual intercourse or sodomy; and fondling or erotic touching of the human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or female breast.
[Amended 1-30-2006]
STABLE
Premises where more than one horse (livestock) is boarded, raised, kept or trained, regardless of whether such horses are (livestock is) owned by the occupants or owners of the premises. A stable shall provide three acres' minimum of land required for one horse or pony plus one acre for each additional horse or pony.
STABLE, RIDING
Premises on which horses are (livestock is) kept for the purpose of renting them to the public on any basis. A riding stable shall consist of not less than five acres.
STORAGE ESTABLISHMENT
Premises where goods and materials or more than three motor vehicles, recreational vehicles or boats are stored for a fee.
STORY
The portion of a building included between the surface of any floor and the surface of the next floor above it, or if there is no floor above it, then the space between the floor and the ceiling next above it. Any portion of a story exceeding 14 feet in height shall be considered as an additional story for each 14 feet or fraction thereof. A basement having 1/2 or more of its height above grade shall be deemed a story for purposes of height regulation.
STREET LINE
The dividing line between the street and the lot. The street line shall be the same as the legal right-of-way line.
STRUCTURE
Anything constructed or erected with a fixed location on the ground, or attached to something with a fixed location on the ground.
VARIANCE
A relaxation of the terms of the Zoning Ordinance where such variance will not be contrary to the public interest and where, owing to conditions peculiar to the property and not the result of the actions of the applicant, a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnecessary and undue hardship. Variances may be granted only if they meet the requirements of Article XXXIII of this chapter.
YARD
An open space other than a court, on a lot, unoccupied and unobstructed from the ground upward; provided, however, that fences, walls, poles, posts and other customary yard accessory ornaments and furniture may be permitted in any yard subject to height limitations and requirements limiting obstruction visibility. "Required yard" means that minimum distances specified by these regulations measured from the property line.
YARD, FRONT
A yard extending across the front of a lot between the side lot lines, and extending from the street line to the nearest line of the principal structure or projection of the principal structure.
YARD, REAR
A yard extending across the rear of a lot between the side lot lines, and extending from the rear of the property line to the nearest line of the principal structure or projection of the principal structure.
YARD, SIDE
A yard extending between the nearest building or projection thereto and the side lot line, and extending from the front yard to the rear yard.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).