Shoreland zoning update

Posted by Jolenta Averill on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 9:23am.

The Dane County Waterbody Classification Project (aka "Shoreland Zoning") is a county effort that could impact approximately 57,000 properties located throughout Dane County. It would impose new regulations, higher costs to property owners, and possible negative impacts on property values for all properties located within a defined area known as "the shoreland zone". The shoreland zone in Dane County's villages and cities would be extended from 75’ from the water to 1000’ from lakes and ponds and 300’ from rivers and streams. This initiative would also impact the way Realtors represent properties and provide proper disclosure. The County is continuing with this effort despite the lack of good data that it will have a significant benefit to the lakes and its refusal to conduct an economic impact study on the potential effects on property owners, municipalities and school districts.

The Dane County Council of Public Affairs already held public forums in October to answer questions about the proposal and will be holding two public hearings on the issue. These are the first public hearings on this issue since May of 2008. These two public hearings will take place from 7:00-9:00pm on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, November 17 (Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St)

Wednesday, November 18 (Sun Prairie City Office meeting room, 300 EMain St)

In addition, the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin (RASCW) will be holding two educational sessions on this issue on the following date:

Friday, November 13th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm and 3:00-4:30 pm - WRA Education Center - Lower level of the WRA/RASCW building - 4801 Forest Run Road, Madison

WRA Government Affairs Director, Phil Salkin, who has been working on the issue for several years and is a former county supervisor, will lead the discussion. All WRA Members and friends are welcome.

Be sure to mark your calendars with these important dates to learn how the proposed program could impact owners of properties located within the shoreland zone.

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2 Responses to "Shoreland zoning update"

Sue Jones wrote: Please update your reference to the upcoming shoreland zoning public hearings. The correct locations and dates, as well as accurate information about this project can be found at

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 6:43pm.

Jolenta Averill wrote: Thanks, Sue. As the site indicates the Lakes and Watershed Commission has scheduled two public input sessions on the revised draft shoreland and riparian management plan: Tuesday, November 17 (Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St) and Wednesday, November 18 (Sun Prairie City Office meeting room, 300 E Main St). Both meetings will be from 7-9 p.m.

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 8:16pm.

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