Pierce County, WI
 
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Land divisions which create five or more parcels or building sites which are 15 acres or less in size either through a single division or successive divisions by either the same or subsequent owner(s) within a period of five years shall follow the procedures contained in this article.
Prior to filing a preliminary plat for approval, the applicant shall consult with the Pierce County Department of Land Management for assistance and to become informed of the purpose and objectives of these regulations and shall meet with the Land Management Committee to present a concept plan for review and approval.
A. 
Submittal. The applicant shall provide eight copies of a concept plan drawn to a reasonable scale depicting the proposed general lot layout, exterior boundary, roadways, known easements, wetlands, floodplain, existing land use of the tract and adjacent lands, and slopes in excess of 12% and in excess of 20%, and any additional information required by the Department of Land Management which is deemed relevant to the proposed plat. The concept plan shall be submitted to the Department of Land Management at least 20 calendar days prior to the meeting of the Land Management Committee at which it is to be considered. The Department of Land Management shall be authorized to reject any application deemed incomplete.
B. 
Review and approval. The Land Management Committee shall review the proposed concept plan as to conformance with county plans, ordinances, purposes and the suitability of the land for subdivision. The Committee shall approve, conditionally approve or reject the concept plan and shall state in writing any conditions of approval or reasons for rejection.
A. 
Submittal. After concept plan approval the applicant shall submit to the Pierce County Department of Land Management, at least 20 calendar days prior to the Land Management Committee meeting at which it is to be considered, the following:
(1) 
A signed application form requesting review and approval of a preliminary plat. The Department of Land Management shall be authorized to reject any application deemed incomplete.
(2) 
Eight copies of the preliminary plat plus any additional copies as may be required for other reviewing agencies. The plat shall be based upon a survey prepared by a registered land surveyor on reproducible material and shall show the following information unless waived in whole or in part in writing by the Zoning Administrator:
(a) 
All requirements of § 236.20, Wis. Stats.
(b) 
The names and addresses of the owner and registered surveyor preparing the plat and date of preparation.
(c) 
An eight-and-one-half-inch-by-eleven-inch reproducible copy of the proposed plat.
(d) 
The location and names of adjacent platted lands and the owners of adjoining parcels of unplatted land, including the use and zoning of adjacent land.
(e) 
Contours at vertical intervals of not more than two feet, with slopes of 12% or greater and 20% or greater delineated.
(3) 
Accompanying information shall include:
(a) 
Erosion control plans.
(b) 
Areas of filling, grading, lagooning or dredging.
(c) 
Sufficient soil tests to establish the suitability of soil absorption wastewater systems for each lot.
(d) 
Any restrictive covenants related to the proposed land division.
(e) 
A statement and location of any improvements proposed to be provided by the applicant.
(f) 
A statement from appropriate town, county or state agency approving access connections onto existing road system.
(4) 
Any additional information required by the Land Management Committee. Any cost involved in producing and reviewing such additional information shall be the responsibility of the applicant.
(5) 
A review fee established by the County Board of Supervisors. Review fees required by other reviewing agencies shall be submitted to those agencies.
(6) 
The applicant also shall submit the original drawing of the preliminary plat to the appropriate state plat review agency, in accordance with § 236.12(6), Wis. Stats.
(7) 
Erosion control bond. Applicant shall submit a bond, irrevocable letter of credit, or other financial surety for erosion control work. The amount of the bond shall be 200% of the estimated cost of installing and maintaining erosion control for all project improvements. The additional amount is to compensate the County if necessary for any administrative expenses and repair work which may be necessary should the applicant fail to install and maintain measures correctly. The surety shall be limited to work associated with the phase for which the approval is sought. The Department may not require that the subdivider provide the surety sooner than is reasonably necessary before the commencement of the installation of improvements.
[Amended 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-05]
B. 
Requirements.
(1) 
The preliminary plat shall comply with the Pierce County Zoning, Floodplain and St. Croix Riverway Zoning Ordinances,[1] if applicable, and the Pierce County Land Management Plan, the approved concept plan, and other adopted county plans and ordinances.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 240, Zoning, Ch. 238, Floodplain Zoning, and Ch. 239, St. Croix Riverway Zoning, respectively.
(2) 
The preliminary plat shall comply with the requirements of Article IV, Design Standards, and Article V, Improvements.
(3) 
Land subject to hazards of life, health or property shall not be subdivided for residential purposes until all such hazards have been eliminated or unless adequate safeguards against such hazards are provided by the subdivision plan.
(4) 
Each applicant shall prepare and submit an erosion control plan with respect to each proposed plat, and for any acreage from which allowable densities are transferred under § 240-25C(6) of the Pierce County Code, which plan shall conform with standards.
[Added 8-24-2004 by Ord. No. 04-10]
C. 
Review and decision.
(1) 
After reviewing the preliminary plat and data for compliance with this chapter, the Land Management Committee shall either approve, approve conditionally or reject the preliminary plat and shall state in writing any conditions of approval or reasons for rejection.
(2) 
Failure of the Committee to act within 90 calendar days of submittal of the preliminary plat shall constitute an approval of the preliminary plat, unless such time is extended by agreement with the applicant.
(3) 
Approval of the preliminary plat shall entitle the applicant to final approval of the layout shown by such plat if the final plat is submitted within 36 months of the date of approval of the preliminary plat and substantially conforms to such layout and conditions attached to the approved preliminary plat. The Land Management Committee may extend the time for submission of the final plat.
[Amended 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-05]
(4) 
Before a preliminary plat may be approved by the Land Management Committee, it shall be referred to the Land Conservation Department and Committee for review of its erosion control plan, upon whose written comments the Committee shall condition and accept or, where insufficient, reject a preliminary plat as submitted.
[Added 8-24-2004 by Ord. No. 04-10]
A. 
Submittal. The applicant shall submit the following:
(1) 
Eight copies of the final plat shall be submitted to the Pierce County Department of Land Management by the applicant. The final plat may constitute only that portion of the approved preliminary plat that the applicant proposes to record at that time. Final plats shall substantially conform to the approved preliminary plat, and to the requirements of Chapter 236, Wis. Stats., including § 236.20, Wis. Stats., but contours do not have to be shown.
[Amended 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-05]
(2) 
The applicant shall also submit the original drawing of the final plat to the appropriate state plat review agency, in accordance with § 236.12(6), Wis. Stats. Such plats shall comply fully with the requirements of Chapter 236, Wis. Stats.
(3) 
The applicant shall submit a copy of the plat to the township(s) in which the proposed land division is located.
(4) 
Submission for Subsection A(2) and (3) of this section shall be made at the same time as copies are submitted to the County, and the applicant shall provide the County with a written statement of the date that required materials were sent to all appropriate agencies.
(5) 
Road construction. Applicant shall provide a statement from the appropriate town, County or state agency that all roads have been constructed to standards, except that final paving may occur after final approval.
B. 
Requirements.
(1) 
The final plat shall be prepared by a registered land surveyor and shall comply with the requirements of § 236.20, Wis. Stats., and any other information as required by the Land Management Committee during preliminary plat approval.
(2) 
The final plat shall show on its face all lands reserved for future public dedication or reserved for the common use of property owners within the plat. If common property is located within the plat, then provisions for its use, maintenance and ownership must also be provided with the plat.
(3) 
Certificates. All final plats shall provide all the certificates required by § 236.21, Wis. Stats.
C. 
Final plat review and approval.
(1) 
The Department shall provide the Land Management Committee with its conclusions as to whether the final plat substantially conforms to the preliminary plat and with its recommendation on approval of the final plat. The conclusions and recommendation shall be made a part of the public record at the proceeding which the final plat is being considered and are not required to be submitted in writing. The Land Management Committee shall examine the final plat as to its substantial conformance with the approved preliminary plat, any conditions of approval of the preliminary plat and the requirements of this chapter.
[Amended 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-05]
(2) 
The Land Management Committee shall not grant final approval until the state plat review agency has submitted a letter of no objection to the plat and the appropriate township(s) has indicated agreement to accept any dedications.
(3) 
The Land Management Committee shall approve or reject the final plat and shall state in writing any reasons for rejection.
(4) 
Failure of the Land Management Committee to act within 60 calendar days of submittal of the final plat shall constitute an approval of the final plat, unless such time is extended by agreement with the applicant.
[Amended 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-05]
Within 12 months after the last approval and 36 months from the first approval, the plat shall be filed by the applicant for recording with the Register of Deeds of Pierce County in accordance with § 236.25, Wis. Stats. Failure to record the plat within 12 months after the last approval and 36 months from the first approval shall nullify the approval of the final plat.
Any replat of a recorded plat or part thereof shall be done in accordance with § 236.36, Wis. Stats.
A. 
Parks, playgrounds, and open spaces. The Land Management Committee shall require that suitable sites not to exceed 10% of the total area of the subdivision be dedicated for future public use such as parks, playgrounds and open spaces, subject to acceptance thereof by the county or town.
B. 
Streets, drainageways, other public ways. Any part of a street, drainageway, or other public way which is indicated on the plat shall conform to the arrangement, width and location indicated, and shall be dedicated for such use, subject to acceptance thereof by the county, town, or other public agency or commission. If a town elects not to accept the street, drainageway, or other public way or the improvements thereon, at the time of plat approval, such streets or improvements shall be shown as to be dedicated to the public on the plat. Unless specifically waived by the Land Management Committee, when the town is ready and able to accept such streets, drainageways or other public ways together with improvements thereon, the developer of the plat shall take necessary legal steps to make such dedications and include this commitment in covenants related to the plat or shall state this commitment on the face of the plat.
C. 
Payment in lieu of dedication. At the option of the Land Management Committee, as an alternative to required dedication of parks, playgrounds and open spaces, a fee as established by the county shall be paid by the applicant to the county.
D. 
Land on water's edge. Dedications of public access on navigable lakes and streams as required by the state shall be as required in § 236.16, Wis. Stats. At the option of the Land Management Committee, such required dedications may count toward the area of any dedication required by the county in Subsection A of this section. Such dedication as required by the state shall not reduce the required payment in lieu of dedication should the area dedicated under this subsection not count toward the area of any dedication required by the county in Subsection A of this section.