Pierce County, WI
 
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A. 
Title. This chapter shall be cited as the "Lower St. Croix Riverway Overlay District" and hereinafter referred to as the "Riverway District."
B. 
Authority.
(1) 
This chapter is enacted pursuant to the authority granted by § 30.27, Wis. Stats., and Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter NR 118.
(2) 
The County Zoning Administrator shall administer this chapter pursuant to § 59.69, Wis. Stats.
(3) 
Any mandatory amendments, repeals or re-creations to the statutes pertaining to the subject matter of this chapter are incorporated into this chapter as of the effective date of amendment, repeal or re-creation.
C. 
Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare by:
(1) 
Reducing the adverse effects of overcrowding and poorly planned shoreline and bluff area development.
(2) 
Preventing soil erosion and pollution and contamination of surface water and groundwater.
(3) 
Providing sufficient space on lots for sanitary facilities.
(4) 
Minimizing flood damage.
(5) 
Maintaining property values.
(6) 
Preserving and maintaining the exceptional scenic, cultural, and natural characteristics of the water and related land of the Lower St. Croix Riverway in a manner consistent with the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (P.L. 90-542), the Federal Lower St. Croix River Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-560) and the Wisconsin Lower St. Croix River Act (§ 30.27, Wis. Stats.).
The geographical jurisdiction shall include all unincorporated lands in Pierce County established and delineated in the Master Plan for the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Section 239-5 contains a full legal description of the district boundaries.
A. 
Compliance. No development of land or water shall hereafter be implemented and no use, structure or part thereof shall be located, erected, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged, converted or structurally altered without full compliance with provisions of this chapter and all other applicable local, state and federal regulations.
B. 
Abrogation.
(1) 
If any provision of this chapter conflicts with any provision of Chapters 237, Subdivision of Land, or 240, Zoning, the more restrictive provision shall apply.
(2) 
This chapter is not intended to repeal, abrogate or impair any existing deed restrictions, covenants or easements. However, where this chapter imposes greater restrictions, the provisions of this chapter shall take precedence.
(3) 
Liberal construction. The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed in favor of Pierce County and shall not be construed to be a limitation or repeal of any other power now possessed or granted to Pierce County.
C. 
Severability. Should any portion of this chapter be declared invalid or unconstitutional for any reason, by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this chapter shall not be affected.
Pursuant to § 59.69(14), Wis. Stats., a landowner, occupant or other person affected by this chapter or amendment hereto who claims that this chapter or amendment is invalid because procedures prescribed by the statutes or the chapter were not followed in enacting this chapter or amendment hereto shall commence a court action within six months after enactment of this chapter or amendment or be forever barred.
Legal description of boundaries of the St. Croix River District is as follows:
A. 
Township 26 North, Range 20 West Section 3--N 1/2 of NE 1/4, government lots 1, 2, 3.
B. 
Township 27 North, Range 20 West:
(1) 
Section 1--W 1/4.
(2) 
Section 2--government lots 1, 2, 3 and 4.
(3) 
Section 11--government lots 1 and 2 and north 495 feet of government lot 3.
(4) 
Section 12--W 1/2 NW 1/4, north 495 feet of NW 1/4 SW 1/4.
(5) 
Section 14--government lots 3 and 4, SE 1/4 SE 1/4.
(6) 
Section 23--government lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, SW 1/4 NE 1/4 W 1/2 SE 1/4.
(7) 
Section 26--government lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, E 1/2 SW 1/4.
(8) 
Section 27--entire section in Wisconsin.
(9) 
Section 34--entire section in Wisconsin.
(10) 
Section 35--NE 1/4 NW 1/4, W 1/2 NW 1/4, W 1/2 SW 1/4, except that portion lying east of County Highway F as presently located.
A. 
Rural residential.
(1) 
The rural residential management zone is mostly single-family residential on large lots in a low-density rural environment, with little or no commercial development. Most of the district is wooded, with scattered residential structures. Residential lawns are limited near the river's shore, and the shore area is primarily natural in appearance.
(2) 
The rural residential zone is established in the following areas: the area bounded on the north by the south border of St. Croix County and on the south by the north boundary of Kinnickinnic State Park, and the area bounded on the north by the south boundary of Kinnickinnic State Park and on the south by the north city limits of the City of Prescott as they existed on January 1, 1976.
B. 
Conservation.
(1) 
The conservation management zone is primarily natural and mostly wooded, with some single-family residential uses. Shoreline areas are natural and do not contain residential lawns.
(2) 
The conservation management zone is established in the area bounded on the north by the north boundary of Kinnickinnic State Park and on the south by the south boundary of Kinnickinnic State Park.