Pierce County, WI
 
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A. 
Land use permit procedures.
(1) 
An application for a land use permit shall be made to the Zoning Administrator upon forms furnished by the County.
(a) 
The following information shall be provided:
[1] 
Owner contact information.
[2] 
Property information.
[3] 
Project information.
[4] 
A site development plan, drawn to scale, to include:
[a] 
Dimensions and area of lot.
[b] 
Location of all existing and proposed structures and impervious coverage, with distances measured from the lot lines and center line of all abutting streets or highways.
[c] 
Location of any existing or proposed on-site sewage systems or private water supply systems.
[d] 
Location of the bluffline and OHWM of any abutting navigable waterways.
[e] 
Location and landward limit of all wetlands.
[f] 
Existing and proposed topographic and drainage features and vegetative cover.
[g] 
Location of floodplain and floodway limits on the property as determined from floodplain zoning maps used to delineate floodplain areas.
[h] 
Location of existing or future access roads.
[i] 
Specifications and dimensions for areas of proposed wetland alteration.
[5] 
Other relevant information that the Zoning Administrator requests, including but not limited to photos, topographic mapping, elevation drawings, cross-section drawings, specialized engineering plans, stormwater management plans, erosion and sediment control plans, vegetation management plans, or additional information per § 239-10.
(b) 
If additional information is requested, it shall be submitted by the applicant to the Zoning Administrator prior to the issuance of the land use permit.
(2) 
The Zoning Administrator shall approve, approve conditionally, or deny the land use permit within 60 days of submitting a properly completed application, unless additional information is required.
B. 
Conditional use and variance procedures.
(1) 
An application for a conditional use permit or variance shall be submitted to the Zoning Administrator upon forms furnished by the County and shall include the following information as outlined in Subsection B(2) below.
(2) 
Conditional use and variance applications shall supply information adequate for the Board of Adjustment to make a decision based on the type of project to be undertaken.
(a) 
The applicant shall submit to the Zoning Administrator sufficient copies of the following information for all applications:
[1] 
General information, including but not limited to:
[a] 
Contact information for property owner, agent, and contractor as applicable.
[b] 
Legal description of the property and a general description of the proposed use or development.
[c] 
Information on whether or not a private water or sewage system is to be installed or upgraded.
[2] 
For conditional uses, a detailed written explanation of how the proposed use or development meets the requirements for conditional uses as outlined in § 239-10 and § 240-76 as applicable, and the following standards:
[a] 
The scenic and recreational qualities of the Riverway District, especially in regard to the view from and use of the river.
[b] 
The maintenance of safe and healthful standards.
[c] 
The prevention and control of water pollution, including stormwater runoff and sedimentation.
[d] 
The location of the site with respect to floodplains and floodways, slope preservation zones, and blufflines.
[e] 
The erosion potential of the site based upon degree and direction of slope, soil type, and vegetative cover.
[f] 
Potential impact on terrestrial and aquatic habitat.
[g] 
Location of site with respect to existing or future access roads.
[h] 
Adequacy of proposed wastewater treatment.
[i] 
The compatibility of the project with uses on adjacent land.
[j] 
The use of common corridors for locating proposed facilities within or adjacent to public service facilities such as roads, bridges, and transmission services.
[3] 
For variances, a detailed written explanation of how the requested variance meets the requirements for variances, and demonstrates, pursuant to § 59.694(7)(c) or 62.23(7)(e)7, Wis. Stats., that the granting of a variance will not be contrary to the public interest and where, due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance will result in unnecessary hardship, so that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed and substantial justice done. Economic considerations alone may not constitute a hardship if a reasonable use for the property exists under the conditions allowed by this chapter. Conditions may be imposed in the granting of variances to ensure compliance and to protect adjacent properties and the public interest, especially in regard to the view from the river.
[4] 
A site plan prepared by a registered land surveyor showing the following information:
[a] 
Property location, boundaries, elevations and dimensions.
[b] 
Location of all existing and proposed structures and impervious surfaces with distances measured from the lot lines and the center line of all abutting streets or highways.
[c] 
Contours on an established datum at vertical intervals of not more than two feet.
[d] 
Blufflines, slope preservation zones, OHWM, floodway and flood-fringe boundaries, and all applicable setbacks.
[e] 
Adjoining land and water-oriented uses.
[f] 
The location and description of existing and proposed alterations of vegetation, topography, and drainage, including grading limits and vegetation removal and replacement.
[5] 
A recent aerial photo with property lines drawn in, showing the location of existing and proposed structures, including height and setback dimensions.
[6] 
A mitigation plan, if required.
[7] 
An erosion control plan.
[8] 
A vegetative management plan, showing where vegetation is proposed to be removed and replaced.
[9] 
Photos of the site taken from the river slightly upstream and downstream of the property, directly offshore, and at or near the midline of the St. Croix River.
[10] 
Other relevant information that the Zoning Administrator requests, including but not limited to elevation drawings, cross-section drawings, specialized engineering plans, stormwater management plans, erosion and sediment control plans, vegetation management plans, or additional information per § 239-10.
(b) 
If additional information is requested, it shall be submitted by the applicant to the Zoning Administrator prior to the issuance of a permit or approval of the variance.
(c) 
Applications for a permit for land divisions, bed-and-breakfast operations, nature-oriented educational, nonprofit facilities, and variances shall also include:
[1] 
The location of any proposed private on-site wastewater treatment system.
[2] 
Water supply information, including the location of any proposed wells.
(d) 
Applications for a permit for filling and grading, structural erosion control measures, and road construction shall also include a plan showing the proposed construction, reconstruction, location and design of the filling or grading, structural erosion control measures, or road construction.
(e) 
Applications for a permit for transmission services and wireless communications service facilities shall also include:
[1] 
For transmission services, a plan showing the location of proposed facilities and, if not placed underground, documentation of why this is technically infeasible, and a plan outlining design and construction methods to minimize adverse visual impacts to the Riverway District.
[2] 
For wireless communications service facilities, a plan showing the location of proposed facilities and an illustration of the methods to be used to meet design requirements for the appropriate stealth, camouflage, and height requirements.
(f) 
Applications for a permit for stairways and lifts shall also include a plan showing the stairway or lift location, design, dimensions, color, construction materials, erosion control measures and vegetation removal and replacement. The plan shall contain a certification by a registered professional engineer or architect that the stairway or lift components are securely anchored to prevent them from shifting and from causing erosion. The plan shall be approved or modified by the Zoning Administrator and incorporated into the conditional use permit.
C. 
Reasonable accommodation for disabled persons. Ramps, walkways or decks to provide a disabled person with reasonable access to his or her property as required by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Wisconsin Fair Housing Act are allowed by land use permit, subject to the following standards:
(1) 
Only the minimum relaxation of dimensional, density or other standards needed to provide reasonable access may be approved.
(2) 
No use, structure or other relaxation of standards may be approved that would violate or undermine the stated purposes of this chapter.
(3) 
Any variance issued for the property shall meet the criteria of § 59.694(7), Wis. Stats.
D. 
Amendment procedures.
(1) 
Except as set out below, the procedures in § 240-80 shall apply to any amendment of this chapter:
(a) 
An amendment to this chapter shall not be subject to approval or disapproval or action by any town board.
(2) 
Upon enactment of an amendment to this chapter, the Zoning Administrator shall submit two copies to the WDNR.
(3) 
Applications for text amendments or rezonings (map amendments) shall include:
(a) 
A survey certified by a professional engineer or registered land surveyor showing:
[1] 
Property location, boundaries, elevations and dimensions.
[2] 
Location of all existing and proposed structures and impervious surfaces, with distances measured from the lot lines and center line of all abutting streets or highways.
[3] 
Contours on an established datum at vertical intervals of not more than two feet.
[4] 
Blufflines, slope preservation zones, OHWM, floodway and flood-fringe boundaries, and all applicable setbacks.
[5] 
Utility and roadway corridors.
[6] 
Adjoining land and water-oriented uses.
[7] 
The location of existing and proposed alterations of vegetation and topography, including grading limits and vegetation removal and replacement that is proposed.
(b) 
Photos of the site taken from the river slightly upstream and downstream of the property, and directly offshore.
(c) 
Other relevant information that the Zoning Administrator requests. If the Zoning Administrator requests additional information, it shall be submitted by the applicant to the Zoning Administrator prior to any hearing on the application.
(4) 
The procedures and application requirements in this subsection do not apply to proposals to change the management zone boundaries established in Wisconsin Administrative Code Section NR 118.04. The management zone boundaries in Wisconsin Administrative Code Section NR 118.04 may only be changed by revision of Wisconsin Administrative Code Section NR 118.04.
E. 
Public hearing procedures.
(1) 
A public hearing shall be held before any conditional use permit, any variance, or any amendment is approved or denied.
(2) 
In addition to any other notice requirements, notice of all public hearings and a copy of all application materials shall be provided to the following for review and comment at least 30 days prior to the public hearing:
(a) 
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).
(b) 
Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission.
(c) 
The town board of a town within which the affected parcel of land is located.
(3) 
Any plan submitted with an application shall be approved, or modified and approved, and included as part of the permit, variance or amendment application. The Zoning Administrator shall submit a summary of all proceedings, including a copy of any written decision, to the WDNR within five working days after the date of the decision.
(4) 
Where additional information is introduced at any stage of the proceeding by the applicant or where the applicant may wish to review the WDNR's opposition or town's opposition if applicable, the proceeding may be postponed for a reasonable period of time to review the information.
(5) 
A conditional use permit may not be granted if the town board objects to the issuance as a part of the hearing. Such objection shall explain where the proposed project is inconsistent with this chapter, § 30.27, Wis. Stats., Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter NR 118, or town ordinances.
F. 
Decisions.
(1) 
All land use permit decisions shall be in writing and shall include facts and reasons for the decisions.
(2) 
The final disposition of an application for a conditional use permit or variance to the Board of Adjustment shall be in the form of a written decision, made within a reasonable time after the public hearing, signed by the Board of Adjustment Chairperson.
(a) 
Such decision shall state the specific facts and reasons that are the basis of the Board of Adjustment's determination.
(b) 
A copy of such decision shall be mailed to the applicants and the appropriate district office of the WDNR within 10 days after the decision is issued.
G. 
Expiration.
(1) 
Activities authorized by a permit or variance issued under this chapter shall commence within one year from the date of approval and be substantially completed or implemented within two years, after which time the permit or variance expires.
(2) 
Prior to expiration of a permit or variance, applicants can request extensions of up to six months from the Zoning Administrator.
(3) 
The total time granted for extensions shall not exceed one year.
H. 
Compliance and revocation.
(1) 
Where the terms or conditions on any permit or variance are violated, the permit or variance may be revoked. The Zoning Administrator may revoke a land use permit. The Board of Adjustment may revoke a conditional use permit or a variance.
I. 
Penalties. Any person, firm, association or corporation or representative agent who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or any order of the Zoning Administrator issued in accordance with this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $500 and the cost of prosecution for each violation, including court costs and reasonable attorney fees, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs shall be imprisoned until payment thereof, but not exceeding 30 days. Each day a violation exists or continues shall constitute a separate violation.