Zoning Department Updates
Comprehensive Revision: Shoreland Protection Ordinance
The Zoning Department has completed a comprehensive revision of the Shoreland Protection Ordinance. Due to recent legislation being enacted the Ordinance was no longer compliant with NR 115, the shoreland zoning standards adopted by the State of Wisconsin. The final draft of the Shoreland Protection Ordinance has been reviewed and approved by the WI DNR for adoption by Buffalo County.
An initial Public Hearing for public comment before the Land Use Committee is scheduled for February 11, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. in the third floor County Board Room at the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma, Wisconsin, to solicit comments on the proposed comprehensive revision of the Ordinance. Written comments may also be submitted to the zoning department via mail or email.
It is anticipated that the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors will consider adoption of the Ordinance on March 28, 2022, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.
The Shoreland Protection Ordinance is posted below for your review.
Shoreland Protection Ordinance- Final Draft
Click here to view the Introduction to Shoreland Zoning PowerPoint- as presented at the Feb. 11th public hearing.
Additional reading material:
Wisconsin Biology Technical Note 1: Shoreland Habitat
Shoreland Zoning Effectiveness, DNR
NR 115 - Wisconsin's Shoreland Protection Program
The Wisconsin DNR has recently introduced a new system to determine the navigability of streams. The procedures are included in the document listed below:
Third Party Navigability Determination