zoning districts - Walworth County

zoning districts - Walworth County
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ZONING DISTRICTS
A-1
Prime Agricultural Land District
Purpose: To preserve productive farmland for agricultural operations, and to prevent
encroachment of conflicting uses.
Lands Mapped: Class I, II, III soils; large blocks of productive lands with no urban
development; large farms, some wet soils.
Provisions: Permits all agricultural uses. Requires 35 acres farm size.
A-2
Agricultural Land District
Purpose: To encourage farming on less productive farmlands and provide areas for small
farms; horse farms, hobby farms, tree farms, etc…
Lands Mapped: Existing farmland on marginal soils and fields intermixed with other
land uses; woods, homesites, etc…
Provisions: Permits all agricultural uses. Requires 20 acre farm size.
A-3
Agricultural Land Holding District
Purpose: To hold development lands in agricultural use until timing is right for
conversion to residential, commercial or industrial development.
Lands Mapped: Farmlands adjacent to urban centers and in the path of urban
development.
Provisions: Permits all agricultural uses. Requires 35 acre parcels to prevent break-up
into small divisions which would obstruct planned development.
A-4
Agricultural Related Manufacturing, Warehousing and Marketing District
Purpose: To promote agricultural industries providing local farm markets and services to
support our agricultural economy and land use.
Lands Mapped: Existing industries and processing operations, feed mills, implement
sales, etc…
Provisions: Permit all types of industry and operations supportive of farming.
A-5
Agricultural-Rural Residential District
Purpose: The primary purpose of this district is to permit the utilization of relatively
small quantities of land in predominantly agricultural areas for rural residential use.
Lands Mapped: It is intended that this district be applied solely to those rural lands that
have marginal utility for agricultural use for reasons related to soil, topography or
severance from larger agricultural parcels.
Provisions: Permits agricultural uses. Requires 40,000 square feet in area, minimum 150
feet in width.
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C-1
Lowland Resource Conservation District
Purpose: To preserve lakes, streams, wetlands, and floodplains. To improve water
qualities, prevent flooding, protect wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities.
Lands Mapped: Lakes, streams, marshes and other wetlands.
Provisions: Permit hunting and fishing clubs, farming, recreation areas, wildlife
management, water impoundments, fish hatcheries, etc… Urban development not
permitted.
C-2
Upland Resource Conservation District
Purpose: To preserve forest lands, scenic topography, watersheds, potential parks and
recreation areas.
Lands Mapped: Larger parcels of woodlands, steep and scenic topography and some
abandoned gravel pits, etc…
Provisions: Permits scattered single family dwellings, farming and related practices,
stables, etc., Requires parcel size of 5 acres and 300 feet in width.
C-3
Conservancy-Residential District
Purpose: To provide residential sites in high-value forested and scenic areas at a density
that protects the natural resource base.
Lands Mapped: Upland wooded portions of the environmental corridors occurring as
small parcels or in close proximity to urban development.
Provisions: Permits single family dwelling, and forest and wildlife management. Does
not permit farming or commercial recreation. Minimum lot size is 100,000 square feet
and 200 feet in width.
C-4
Lowlands Resource Conservation District
The primary purpose of this district is to preserve, protect, and enhance the lakes,
streams, and wetland areas in Walworth County. The proper regulation of these areas
will serve to maintain and improve water quality, both ground and surface; prevent flood
damage; protect wildlife habitat; prohibit the location of structures on soils which are
generally not suitable for such use; protect natural watersheds; and protect the water
based recreational resources of the County.
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P-1
Recreational Park District
Purpose: To preserve recreational and environmental lands for a variety of recreational
uses.
Lands Mapped: Existing public parks and a few larger parcels with good park potential.
Provisions: Permits all recreational activities.
P-2
Institutional Park District
Purpose: To designate areas for public and private institutions.
Lands Mapped: Existing facilities only.
Provisions: Permits churches, schools, hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, lodges,
etc…
R-1
Single-Family Residence District (Unsewered)
Purpose: To designate areas for single family subdivisions (without public sewers).
Lands Mapped: Existing developments and areas suitable for future subdivisions based
on location, soils and compatibility with adjoining lands, etc…
Provisions: Requires well-drained soils, and lot size of 40,000 square feet and 150 feet in
width. Permits accessory uses to the residence, but precludes all agricultural, commercial
or industrial uses.
R-2
Single-Family Residence District (Sewered)
Purpose: To designate areas for single family subdivisions with sewer available.
Lands Mapped: Existing and proposed subdivisions where public sewers are available.
Provisions: Requires 15,000 square feet in lot area and 100 feet in width. Permits
accessory uses to the residence, but precludes all agricultural, commercial and industrial
uses.
R-2A Single-Family Residence District (Sewered)
Purpose: To require larger residential sewered lots in environmentally sensitive areas.
Such environmentally sensitive area may include, but not limited to, environmental
corridors, shoreland area, and significant woodlands.
Provisions: Requires 50,000 square feet in lot area and 100 feet in width. Permits
accessory uses to the residence, but precludes all agricultural, commercial or industrial
uses.
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R-3
Two Family Residence District (Sewered or Unsewered)
Purpose: To designate areas for one and two family residences.
Land Mapped: Existing two family residences and areas suitable for future two family
development.
Provisions: Permits either one or two family dwellings, or a combination of each. (See
Code of Ordinances (Zoning/Shoreland Zoning) to determine minimum lot size.)
R-4
Multiple Family Residence District
Purpose: To provide for conventional multiple-family dwelling projects.
Lands Mapped: Existing multi-family dwellings and area suitable for future multi-family
development.
Provisions: Permits two-family and multiple-family dwellings. With sewers, a
maximum 6 units per net developable acre are permitted. On unsewered lots, 40,000
square feet per unit is required. Planned Unit Development (PUD) is permitted with site
plan approval.
R-5
Planned Residential Development District
Purpose: To provide for large planned housing projects (PUD's) with clustered
development and detailed site planning.
Lands Mapped: Existing Planned Unit Developments.
Provisions: Permits all types of housing and supporting commercial services (15% of
area). Requires 20% open space and preservation of woods and steep lands, wetlands,
etc… Allows a maximum 8 units per net developable acre with sewers; one unit per
40,000 square feet on septic system.
R-6
Planned Mobile Home Park Residence District
Purpose: To accommodate mobile home parks.
Lands Mapped: Existing mobile home parks.
Provisions: Permits a maximum 5 units per net developable acre. Requires detailed site
plan.
R-7
Mobile Home Subdivision Residence District
Purpose: To permit mobile homes and modular homes in a subdivision of privately
owned lots.
Lands Mapped: Will be mapped as areas are rezoned for this use.
Provisions: Permits accessory uses to the residence, but precludes all agricultural,
commercial or industrial uses. (Unsewered).
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B-1
Local Business District
Purpose: To accommodate neighborhood retail stores.
Lands Mapped: Existing businesses and compatible sites for future service needs.
Provisions: Permits uses such as barber shops, business offices, drug stores, grocery
stores, restaurants, etc.. Residences must be accessory.
B-2
General Business District
Purpose: To accommodate a retail sales area or small shopping center.
Lands Mapped: Existing business areas.
Provisions: Permits all retail sales operations, and residences as accessory to the
business.
B-3
Waterfront Business District
Purpose: To accommodate retail sales and services oriented toward use of water and
shoreland activities.
Lands Mapped: Existing waterfront businesses and suitable adjacent lands.
Provisions: Permits uses such as boat rentals and sales, boat ships, motels, restaurants,
supper clubs, etc… All uses are conditional uses requiring special hearing and approval.
B-4
Highway Business District
Purpose: To provide for highway oriented business.
Lands Mapped: Existing business and suitable sites, adjacent to arterial highways and
interchange areas.
Provisions: Permits auto services, gift shops, hotels, restaurants, etc… with conditional
use approvals.
B-5
Planned Commercial Recreation Business District
Purpose: To accommodate large resorts that require a variety of land uses.
Lands Mapped: Existing resorts.
Provisions: Permits all recreational uses commonly found in resorts, but requires
conditional use approval of detailed site plans. Permits residential housing, if incidental
to the resort. Requires 70% open space.
B-6
Bed and Breakfast District
Purpose: To provide areas to include bed and breakfast establishments which meet all
State Code requirements for such establishments.
Lands Mapped: None.
Provisions: Requires 15,000 square feet and 100 feet in width in sewered districts and
40,000 square feet with 150 feet in width in the unsewered districts.
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M-1
Industrial District
Purpose: To provide sites for light industry.
Lands Mapped: Existing industries and sites proposed for industrial parks.
Provisions: Allows small industries suitable for rural areas and compatible for rural areas
and compatible with adjacent lands, such as repair shops, printing, warehousing and
packaging, etc…
M-2
Heavy Industry District
Purpose: To provide sites for heavy industry.
Lands Mapped: Existing operations classified as heavy industry.
Provisions: permits all industrial uses, with limited operations requiring conditional use
approval.
M-3
Mineral Extraction District
Purpose: To provide for and regulate future gravel pits and other mineral extraction sites.
Lands Mapped: Existing gravel pits.
Provisions: Requires conditional use approval, with detailed operation and restoration
plans.
M-4
Sanitary Landfill District
Purpose: To provide sites for sanitary landfills for total solid waste restoration plans, and
conformance with State Administrative Code.
Lands Mapped: Existing sanitary landfills.
Provisions: Requires conditional use approval, detailed operation and restoration plans,
and conformance with State Administrative Code.
Walworth County Land Use and Resource Management Department
100 West Walworth
P.O. Box 1001
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Telephone: (262)741-4972
Fax:
(262)741-4974
Note: In order to meet the requirements of State Law, it is necessary to adopt two separate
ordinances. The Code of Ordinances (Shoreland Zoning) applies on lands within 1,000 feet of
the ordinary high water mark of lakes, ponds and flowages and within 300 feet of the ordinary
high water mark of navigable rivers or streams or to the land ward side of the floodplain,
whichever is greater, and contains special regulations to protect shoreland areas. The Walworth
County Code of Ordinances (Zoning) pertains to unincorporated lands outside the shoreland
boundaries. With the exception of the special shoreland regulations, both Ordinances are
identical.
(Revised 6/19/07)
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