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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 5:33 PM 

Assembly passes amended shoreland zoning bill

The Assembly, on a 56-39 vote, passed a bill that would make several changes to property rights and shoreland zoning.

AB 582 by Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, was amended to make several changes to the original bill. But the Assembly voted down two amendments from Rep. Leon Young, D-Milwaukee, on 63-34 votes.

The amended version of the bill eliminates a provision from the original bill that would have established new “vested rights,” under which local zoning laws are frozen at a certain point when a developer applies for permits.

Other provisions under the sub include:

*clarifying that land platted and zoned for residential, commercial or manufacturing is assessed at its unimproved value until a building permit is issued, except in certain circumstances involving TIF districts.

*requiring a two-thirds vote from the governing board to down-zone a property, essentially allowing fewer uses on the land. The original bill called for approval by 75 percent of the board.

*requiring municipalities provide to those who request it an annual publication of zoning changes.
*prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources or other authorities from preventing flat roofs on boathouses.

*allowing plaintiffs to substitute the judge in contested case hearings.

*letting a licensed surveyor determine the ordinary high-water mark on shoreland properties. The bill passed the Assembly’s Housing Committee 5-2 along party lines.


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