Village of Brandon, WI
Fond Du Lac County
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§ 485-80 General administrative system.

This chapter contemplates an administrative and enforcement officer titled the "Zoning Administrator" to administer and enforce the same. Certain considerations, particularly with regard to granting of permitted conditional uses, planned unit development conditional uses, changes in zoning districts and Zoning Map, and amending the text of this chapter require review and action by the Village Board. A Zoning Board of Appeals is provided to assure proper administration of this chapter and to avoid arbitrariness.

§ 485-81 Zoning Administrator.

A. 
The Zoning Administrator is hereby designated as the primary administrative officer for the provisions of this chapter, and shall be referred to as the Zoning Administrator. The Zoning Administrator shall be appointed by resolution of the Village Board. The duty of the Zoning Administrator shall be to interpret and administer this chapter and to issue all permits required by this chapter except as otherwise provided by this chapter. The Zoning Administrator shall further:[1]
(1) 
Issue all zoning permits and make and maintain records, which records shall be maintained in the Village Hall.
(2) 
Conduct inspections of buildings, structures, and use of land to determine compliance with the terms of this chapter.
(3) 
Maintain permanent and current records of this chapter, including but not limited to all maps, amendments, conditional uses, variances, appeals and applications therefor.
(4) 
Provide and maintain a public information function relative to all matters arising out of this chapter.
(5) 
Receive, file and forward to the Village Clerk all applications for amendments to this chapter.
(6) 
Receive, file and forward to the Village Board all applications for conditional uses.
(7) 
Receive, file and forward to the Zoning Board of Appeals all applications for appeals, variances, or other matters on which the Zoning Board of Appeals is required to act under this chapter, and shall attend all Zoning Board of Appeals meetings to provide technical assistance when requested by the Village Board.
(8) 
Initiate, direct and review from time to time a study of the provisions of this chapter and make recommendations to the Village Board not less than once a year.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Due to the size of the Village of Brandon it may not be feasible to find a suitable person willing to take on the responsibility of being Zoning Administrator on a part-time basis. It is therefore provided that the function of the Zoning Administrator can be delegated to a committee of the Board, to another Village official, or a single member of the Board or the Village President. An officer, other than a Board member or another employee of the Village, may also be designated to handle the duties of Zoning Administrator on a part-time basis in addition to the other duties performed by such person.

§ 485-82 Role of Village Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

A. 
Village Board. The Village Board, the governing body of the Village, holds public hearings and has ultimate authority to make changes and amendments in zoning districts and the Zoning Map and to amend the text of this chapter.
B. 
Zoning Board of Appeals. A Zoning Board of Appeals is established to provide an appeal procedure for persons who deem themselves aggrieved by decisions of administrative officers in enforcement of this chapter. See Article XIV of this chapter for detail provisions.

§ 485-83 Zoning permit.

A. 
Zoning permit required. No building permit for a new structure, new use of land, water or air, or change in the use of land, water or air shall hereafter be issued and no structure or part thereof shall hereafter be located, erected, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged, converted, or structurally altered unless the application for such permit has been examined by the office of the Zoning Administrator and has affixed to it a certificate of the office of the Zoning Administrator indicating that the proposed use of land, buildings or structures and any future proposed buildings or structures comply with all of the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Application. Applications for a zoning permit shall be made to the Zoning Administrator and shall include the following where pertinent and necessary for proper review:
(1) 
Names and addresses of the applicant, owner of the site, architect, professional engineer and contractor.
(2) 
Description of the subject site by lot, block and recorded subdivision or by metes and bounds; address of the subject site; type of structure; existing and proposed operation or use of the structure or site; number of employees; and the zoning district within which the subject site lies.
(3) 
Plat of survey prepared by a land surveyor registered in the State of Wisconsin or other map drawn to scale and showing such of the following as may be required by the Zoning Administrator: the location, boundaries, dimensions, uses, and size of the following: subject site; existing and proposed structures; existing and proposed easements, streets and other public ways; public utilities; off-street parking, loading areas and driveways; existing highway access restrictions; high water; channel, floodway and floodplain boundaries; and existing and proposed street, side and rear yards.
(4) 
Additional information as may be required by the Zoning Administrator or Village Board.
C. 
Action.
(1) 
A zoning permit shall be granted or denied, in writing, by the Zoning Administrator within 30 days of application, and the applicant shall post such permit in a conspicuous place at the site.
(2) 
The permit shall expire within six months unless substantial work has commenced or within 18 months after the issuance of the permit if the structure for which a permit is issued is not substantially completed, in which case of expiration the applicant shall reapply for a zoning permit before commencing work on the structure.
(3) 
Any permit issued in conflict with the provisions of this chapter shall be null and void.

§ 485-84 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Violations. It shall be unlawful to use or improve any structure or land or to use water or air in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. In case of any violation, the Village Board, the Zoning Administrator or any property owner who would be specifically damaged by such violation may cause appropriate action or proceeding to be instituted to enjoin a violation of this chapter or cause a structure to be vacated or removed.
B. 
Remedial action. Whenever an order of the Zoning Administrator has not been complied with within 30 days after written notice has been mailed to the owner, resident agent or occupant of the premises, the Village Board, the Zoning Administrator or the Village Attorney may institute appropriate legal action or proceedings.
C. 
Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation who or which fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or any order of the Zoning Administrator issued in accordance with this chapter or resists enforcement shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a forfeiture and such additional penalties as provided for in § 1-4 of this Code.