Although zoning isn’t the most exciting topic, you need to know as much as possible when you’re involved in buying or selling property. So let’s simplify it. In Wisconsin there are three types of zoning:
General zoning is handled by local governments – that is, at the county, city, village and township level –and pertains to how land is used. Permitted land use is just that – you are permitted to use land according to the rules. If your intended use is not permitted, you’ll need to apply for a conditional use permit. Buyers can learn zoning in the area where they’re looking to buy property by contacting local zoning officials. Because ordinances differ from place to place, ask your Northwest Land agent to recommend who to contact to answer your zoning questions. Our real estate agents have all lived and worked in Northwest Wisconsin for many years. This is an important step in the buying process since zoning is somewhat of a moving target and each district may handle it differently.
. . . is a different animal. If you’re looking at lake property be sure to keep up on current news, as shoreland zoning in Wisconsin is a hot topic right now. Visit the websites of lake associations and lake districts to learn more about the lakes you’re looking at. We have many of them listed here. There are county waterway associations as well as a statewide organization that is continually updated with the latest zoning facts. http://wisconsinlakes.org/ Cities and villages are the ones who establish shoreland-wetland zoning. This pertains to all wetlands of five acres or more and are located within the incorporated area of a city of village. Municipalities can also adopt ordinances for wetlands of less than five acres. Sound complicated? Just be sure to learn as much as possible to avoid disappointment later.
Our agents can help with zoning questions
At Northwest Land and Rec we make it our job to know and understand as much as possible about zoning in Washburn, Burnett, Sawyer, Barron and Douglas counties. We work and live in these communities so if we can’t answer your question, we’ll certainly know someone who can. Whether your jurisdiction falls under a county, municipality, township or DNR, we’ll get your questions answered! We’re always happy to answer your questions. Contact us by email, phone 715.635.6500 or stop in our convenient office in beautiful downtown Spooner.