59.694 County zoning, adjustment board. (1) Appointment, power. The county board may provide for the appointment of a board of adjustment, and in the regulations and restrictions adopted pursuant to s. 59.97
under s. 59.69 may provide that such the board of adjustment may, in appropriate cases and subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, make special exceptions to the terms of the ordinance in harmony with its general purpose and intent and in accordance with general or specific rules therein contained. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude precludes the granting of special exceptions by the county zoning agency designated under s. 59.97 59.69 (2) (a) or the county board in accordance with regulations and restrictions adopted pursuant to s. 59.97 under s. 59.69 which were in effect on July 7, 1973, or adopted after that date.
(2) Personnel. (a) In counties
having with a population of less than 500,000, the board of adjustment shall consist of not more than 5 members as determined by resolution of the county board. The chairperson of the county board shall appoint the members with the approval of the county board for terms of 3 years beginning July 1. The incumbent members shall continue to serve until their terms expire. The county board resolution increasing the size of the board of adjustment shall indicate how many members shall be appointed for 1, 2 and 3 years prior to July 1 of the year in which the change takes effect in making the first appointments. If the county board, by resolution, determines to reduce the membership of the board of adjustment below 5 but not less than 3, one of the positions for which the term expires as determined by lot shall not be filled each year until the requisite number of positions has been reached.
(b) In counties having with a population of 500,000 or more, the board of adjustment shall consist of 3 members who are residents of the county, elected by the county board for terms of 1, 2 and 3 years, respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualify.
(bm) The chairperson of the county board may appoint, for staggered 3-year terms, 2 alternate members of the board of adjustment, who are subject to the approval of the county board. Annually, the chairperson of the county board shall designate one of the alternate members as the first alternate and the other as 2nd alternate. The first alternate shall act, with full power, only when a member of the board of adjustment refuses to vote because of a conflict of interest or when a member is absent. The 2nd alternate shall act only when the first alternate refuses to vote because of a conflict of interest or is absent, or if more than one member of the board of adjustment refuses to vote because of a conflict of interest or is absent.
(c) The members of the board of adjustment, including alternate members, shall all reside within the county and outside of the limits of incorporated cities and villages; provided, however, that no 2 members shall reside in the same town. The board of adjustment shall choose its own chairperson. Office room shall be provided by the county board, and the actual and necessary expenses incurred by the board of adjustment in the performance of its duties shall be paid and allowed as in cases of other claims against the county. The county board may likewise compensate the members of the board of adjustment, including alternate members, and the assistants as may be authorized by the county board. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term of any member whose term becomes vacant.
(3) Rules, meetings, minutes. The county board shall adopt rules for the conduct of the business of the board of adjustment, in accordance with the provisions of any ordinance or ordinances adopted pursuant to s. 59.97 enacted under s. 59.69. The board of adjustment may adopt further rules as necessary to carry into effect the regulations of the county board. Meetings of the board of adjustment shall be held at the call of the chairperson and at such other times as the board of adjustment may determine. The chairperson, or in his or her absence the acting chairperson, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses. All meetings of the board of adjustment shall be open to the public. The board of adjustment shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or, if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the office of the board of adjustment and shall be a public record.
(4) Appeals to board. Appeals to the board of adjustment may be taken by any person aggrieved or by any officer, department, board or bureau of the municipality affected by any decision of the building inspector or other administrative officer. Such appeal shall be taken within a reasonable time, as provided by the rules of the board of adjustment, by filing with the officer from whom the appeal is taken and with the board of adjustment a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof. The officer from whom the appeal is taken shall forthwith transmit to the board of adjustment all the papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from was taken.
(5) Stays. An appeal shall stay all proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from, unless the officer from whom the appeal is taken shall certify to the board of adjustment after the notice of appeal shall have been filed with that officer that by reason of facts stated in the certificate a stay would cause imminent peril to life or property. In such case proceedings shall not be stayed otherwise than by a restraining order, which may be granted by upon application to the board of adjustment or by petition to a court of record on application on, with notice to the officer from whom the appeal is taken and on due cause shown.
(6) Hearing appeals. The board of adjustment shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of the appeal and publish a class 2 notice thereof under ch. 985, as well as give due notice to the parties in interest, and decide the same within a reasonable time. Upon the hearing any, a party may appear in person or by agent or attorney. In any an action involving a historic property, as defined in s. 44.31 (3), the board of adjustment shall consider any suggested alternatives or recommended decision submitted by the landmarks commission or the planning and zoning committee or commission.
(7) Powers of board. The board of adjustment shall have all of the following powers:
(a) To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any an order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of s. 59.97 59.69 or of any ordinance adopted enacted pursuant thereto.
(b) To hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the ordinance upon which such the board is required to pass under such ordinance.
(c) To authorize upon appeal in specific cases such variance from the terms of the ordinance as that will not be contrary to the public interest, where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance will result in unnecessary hardship, and so that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed and substantial justice done.
(d) To grant special exceptions and variances for renewable energy resource systems. If the board denies an application for a special exception or variance for a renewable energy resource such a system, the board shall provide a written statement of its reasons for denying the application. In this paragraph, "renewable energy resource system" means a solar energy system, a waste conversion energy system, a wind energy system or any other energy system which relies on a renewable energy resource.
(8) Order on appeal. In exercising the above-mentioned powers such under this section, the board of adjustment may, in conformity with the provisions of this section, reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirement, decision or determination appealed from, and may make such the order, requirement, decision or determination as ought to be made, and to that end shall have all the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken.
(9) Majority rule. The concurring vote of a A majority vote of the board of adjustment shall be necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision or determination of any such administrative official, or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter upon which it is required to pass under any such ordinance, or to effect any variation in such ordinance.
(10) Certiorari. Any person or persons, jointly or severally, A person aggrieved by any decision of the board of adjustment, or any a taxpayer, or any officer, department, board or bureau of the municipality, may, within 30 days after the filing of the decision in the office of the board, commence an action seeking the remedy available by certiorari. The court shall not stay proceedings upon the decision appealed from, but may, on application, on with notice to the board and on due cause shown, grant a restraining order. The board of adjustment shall not be required to return the original papers acted upon by it, but it shall be sufficient to return certified or sworn copies thereof. If necessary for the proper disposition of the matter, the court may take evidence, or appoint a referee to take evidence and report findings of fact and conclusions of law as it directs, which shall constitute a part of the proceedings upon which the determination of the court shall be made. The court may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify, the decision brought up for review.
(14) Costs. Costs shall not be allowed against the board of adjustment unless it shall appear to the court that it acted with gross negligence, or in bad faith, or with malice in making the decision appealed from. All issues in any proceeding under this section shall have preference over all other civil actions and proceedings.
201, s. 480
59.997 (title) of the statutes is renumbered 59.08 (title).
201, s. 481
59.997 (1) to (6) of the statutes are renumbered 59.08 (1) to (6) and amended to read:
59.08 (1) Any two 2 or more adjoining counties in the state may consolidate into a single county by complying with the requirements and procedure herein specified.
(2) The county boards of supervisors of any 2 or more adjoining counties desiring to consolidate their respective counties into a single county may enter into a joint agreement for the consolidation of the counties, setting forth in the consolidation agreement all of the following:
(a) First, the The names of the several counties which they propose to be consolidated;.
(b) Second, the The name under which it is proposed to consolidate the said counties, which name shall be such as to distinguish it from the name of any other county in Wisconsin, other than the consolidating counties;.
(c) Third, the The property, real and personal, belonging to each county, and the fair current fair market value thereof in current money of the United States;.
(d) Fourth, the The indebtedness, bonded and otherwise, of each county;.
(e) Fifth, the The proposed name and location of the county seat of the consolidated county;.
(f) Sixth, if If the said counties have different forms of county organization and government, the proposed form of county organization and government of the consolidated county;.
(g) And seventh, the The terms of agreement.
(3) The county board of supervisors of each of the counties county may appoint an advisory committee composed of 3 persons to assist the board in the preparation of the agreement.
(4) The original of the consolidation agreement, together with a petition on behalf of the several county boards of supervisors, signed by the chairperson of each of the boards, asking that a referendum on the question of consolidation of the several counties be ordered, shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of one of the counties and a copy of the consolidation agreement and of the petition shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of each of the other counties.
(5) The qualified electors of each county involved in the consolidation proposal whose county board of supervisors has not taken the initiative under sub. (2) may, by filing with the county board of supervisors of the county a petition conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40, signed by not less than 20% of the qualified electors of the county, based on the total vote cast for governor at the last general election, asking the board to effect a consolidation agreement with the county or counties named in the petition, and asking for a referendum on the question, require the board to so proceed. A copy of the petition of the electors shall also be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of the county. If the county board of supervisors is able within 6 months thereafter to effect the consolidation agreement, the procedure shall be the same as set forth in this section. If the board within that period of time is unable or for any reason fails to perfect the consolidation agreement, then the judge of the circuit court of the county shall appoint a committee of 5 representative citizens of the county, to act for and in lieu of the county board of supervisors in perfecting the consolidation agreement and in petitioning for a referendum.
(6) The county board of supervisors shall cause a copy of publish the consolidation agreement thereafter to be published in each county as a class 1 notice under ch. 985.
59.08 (7) When the publication of the said consolidation agreement in each of the said counties is completed, of which the certificate to the judge judges of the circuit court courts of the said counties from the owner-editor or manager of each newspaper publishing the same shall be proof, the judge or judges of the circuit courts of the said counties shall, by order entered of record in each of such counties, require the several county clerks of the counties included in the consolidation agreement to submit such question to a vote of the qualified electors of such counties at the next election to be held on the first Tuesday in April, or the next regular election, or at a special election to be held on the day fixed in said order, which day shall be the same in each of the counties proposing to consolidate. A copy of said the order shall be filed with the county clerk of each of such counties. If such the question is submitted at a special election, it shall be held not less than thirty 30 days nor more than sixty 60 days from the completion of the consolidation agreement, but not within sixty 60 days of any spring or general election.
201, s. 483
59.997 (8) to (11) and (13) to (17) of the statutes are renumbered 59.08 (8) to (11) and (13) to (17) are amended to read:
59.08 (8) The county clerk shall notice such election as other elections. The ballots shall be provided by the county clerk and shall be in substantially the following form:
Official referendum ballot
If you desire to vote for the consolidation of .... (insert names of counties proposing to consolidate) counties pursuant to under a consolidation agreement, make a cross (8) in the square after the word "Yes", underneath the question; if you desire to vote against consolidation, make a cross (8) in the square after the word "No", underneath the question.
Shall .... (here insert names of counties proposing to consolidate) counties consolidate pursuant to under a consolidation agreement?
Yes ⍽ No ⍽7
(9) The ballot shall have on the back or reverse side thereof the endorsements provided by law for ballots for general elections and shall be marked, punched or labeled by the elector and counted and canvassed as other ballots cast on questions in the county are counted and canvassed. The election shall be conducted by the same officers and in the same manner as are other elections in the county. The results of the election shall be certified to the judge or judges of the circuit court
courts for the counties.
(10) If a majority of the votes cast in each county upon such the questions are in favor of the consolidation of such the counties, the judge
or judges of said the circuit court shall enter such the fact of record in each such county. If in any one of such the counties less than a majority of the votes cast upon such question are in favor of the proposed consolidation, said the consolidation shall be declared to have failed for all purposes. If a majority of the votes cast upon such the question in any county are opposed to consolidation, the question of consolidation shall not be again submitted to the electors of such
the county for a period of two 2 years.
(11) At the next succeeding regular November election, held at least 60 days after the election at which consolidation is approved by the voters, there shall be elected for the consolidated county all county officers provided for by law and the officers shall be nominated as provided in ch. 6. Their terms shall begin on the first Monday of January next succeeding their election, at which time they shall replace all elective county officers of the counties that are consolidated into the consolidated county whose terms shall on that day terminate. All appointive county officers shall be appointed by the person, board or authority upon whom the power to appoint such officers in other counties is conferred. The terms of the officers shall commence on the first Monday of January next succeeding the first election of officers for the consolidated county, and shall continue, unless otherwise removed, until their successors have been appointed and qualified. The successors of all such officers whose first election or appointment is provided for in this subsection shall thereafter be elected or appointed at the time, in the manner and for the terms provided by law.
(13) Upon the first Monday of January following the first election of county officers for the consolidated county, the several counties shall thereafter for all purposes be treated and considered as one county, under the name and upon the terms and conditions set forth in the said consolidation agreement; and all
. All rights, privileges, and franchises of each of the said several counties, and all records, books, and documents, and all property, real and personal, and all debts due on whatever account, as well as other things in action, belonging to each of such the counties, shall be deemed as
considered transferred to and vested in the said consolidated county, without further act or deed. All property, all rights-of-way, and all and every other interest shall be as effectually the property of the consolidated county as they were of the several counties prior to said before the consolidation; and the. The title to real estate, either by deed or otherwise, under the laws of this state vested in any of the said counties, shall not be deemed considered to revert or be in any way impaired by reason of this consolidation; but the. The rights of creditors and all liens upon the property of any of the said counties shall be preserved unimpaired
;, and the respective counties shall be deemed considered to continue in existence to preserve the same and all debts, liabilities and duties of any of the said counties shall henceforth attach to said the consolidated county and be enforced against it to the same extent as if the said debts, liabilities and duties had been incurred or contracted by it, unless by the terms of said the agreement the outstanding bonded indebtedness of the said counties shall not be transferred and attached to said the consolidated county, but shall remain as obligations of the said counties which for such purpose shall be deemed considered to continue in existence.
(14) Suits may be brought and maintained against the consolidated county in any of the courts of this state in the same manner as against any other county. Any action or proceeding pending by or against either any of the counties consolidated may be prosecuted to judgment as if the consolidation had not taken place;, or the consolidated county may be substituted in its place. The towns, school districts, election districts and voting places in the consolidated county shall continue as in the several counties prior to before consolidation, unless and until changed in accordance with law.
(15) Until changed by law, the same circuit courts shall continue, though it may result in the consolidated county being a part of two 2 or more circuits. All such courts shall, however, be held at the place designated as the county seat of the consolidated county, and each such court and the judge thereof of that court shall continue to have and exercise the same jurisdiction as the court or the judge had and exercised before such the consolidation. If two 2 or more judges have jurisdiction in any consolidated county they or a majority of them shall exercise the power to appoint officers and fill vacancies as is vested in judges of circuit courts of other counties.
(16) For the purpose of representation in congress and in the legislature the existing congressional, senatorial and assembly districts shall continue until changed in accordance with law. Such The consolidated county shall in all respects, except as otherwise provided herein
in this section, be subject to all the obligations and liabilities imposed, and shall possess all the rights, powers and privileges vested by law in other counties.
(17) The provisions of this section shall be deemed considered cumulative and the authority herein granted in this section to counties shall not be limited or made inoperative by any existing statute.
201, s. 484
60.10 (2) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.10 (2) (h) Exercise of certain zoning authority. In a town located in a county which has adopted enacted a zoning ordinance under s. 59.97 59.69, authorize, under s. 60.62 (2), the town board to adopt enact town zoning ordinances under s. 61.35.
201, s. 485
60.10 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.10 (3) (d) Rural numbering systems. Posting signs and otherwise cooperating with the county in the establishment of a rural numbering system under s. 59.07 (65) 59.54 (4) and (4m).
60.23 (5) Cooperation in county planning. Cooperate with the county in rural planning under ss. 27.019, 59.07 (65) 59.54 (4) and (4m) and
201, s. 487
60.23 (20) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.23 (20) Disposition of dead animals. Notwithstanding ss. 59.07 (84) 59.54 (21) and 95.50 (3), dispose of any dead animal within the town or contract for the removal and disposition with any private disposal facility. A town may enter into a contract with any other governmental unit under s. 66.30 to provide for the removal and disposition. A town may recover its costs under this subsection by levying a special assessment under s. 66.345.
201, s. 488
60.23 (30) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.23 (30) Riding horses, dogs running at large. Enact and enforce ordinances, and provide forfeitures for violations of those ordinances, that are the same as or similar to ordinances that may be enacted by a county to regulate riding horses and commercial stables under s. 59.07 (50) 59.54 (19) or to regulate dogs running at large under s. 59.07 (69) 59.54 (20).
201, s. 489
60.23 (31) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.23 (31) Unified local transportation system. Cooperate with a county under s. 59.967 (10) 59.58 (2) (j) in the establishment of a comprehensive unified local transportation system, as defined in s. 59.967 (3) (a) 59.58 (2) (c) 2.
201, s. 490
60.305 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.305 (3) (b) If the town board and county board agree to combine a county and town office under this subsection, the election to fill the combined office shall be under s. 59.12 59.20 (2). No separate election for the town office may be held until the county board, by resolution, revokes the combination and the town board, by resolution, concurs.
201, s. 491
60.61 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.61 (2) Extent of authority. (intro.) Subject to subs. (3) and (3m), if a town is located in a county which has not adopted enacted a county zoning ordinance under s. 59.97 59.69, the town board, by ordinance, may:
201, s. 492
60.61 (3) (intro.) and (a) of the statutes are amended to read:
60.61 (3) Exercise of authority. (intro.) Before exercising authority under sub. (2), the town board shall petition the county board to initiate, at any regular or special meeting, action to adopt enact a county zoning ordinance under s. 59.97 59.69. The town board may proceed under sub. (2) if:
(a) The county board fails or refuses, at the meeting, to direct the county zoning agency to proceed under s. 59.97 59.69;
201, s. 493
60.62 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.62 (2) If the county in which the town is located has adopted enacted a zoning ordinance under s. 59.97 59.69, the exercise of the authority under sub. (1) is subject to approval by the town meeting or by a referendum vote of the electors of the town held at the time of any regular or special election.
201, s. 494
60.627 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.627 (2) (b) A county ordinance enacted under s. 59.974 59.693 does not apply and has no effect in a town in which an ordinance enacted under this section is in effect.
201, s. 495
60.65 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.65 (5) Exercise of county board of adjustment powers. Boards of adjustment under town zoning ordinances shall have the powers and duties provided for boards of adjustment under s. 59.99 59.694 and shall carry out their duties in the manner provided for boards of adjustment by s. 59.99 59.694.
201, s. 496
61.351 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
61.351 (1) (a) "Shorelands" has the meaning specified under s. 59.971 (1) 59.692 (1) (b).
201, s. 497
62.231 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
62.231 (1) (a) "Shorelands" has the meaning specified under s. 59.971 (1) 59.692 (1) (b).
201, s. 498
63.01 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
63.01 (2) Except as provided under s. 59.031 59.17 (2) (c), the chairperson of the board of supervisors of any county, within 30 days after ss. 63.01 to 63.16 become applicable thereto, shall appoint the members of the commission, designating the term of office of each. The appointment and designation shall be subject to confirmation by the board of supervisors. Of the persons first appointed one shall hold for one year, one for 2 years, one for 3 years, one for 4 years, and one for 5 years from the first day of January next following appointment, and until a successor is appointed and qualifies. In the month of December of each year, immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of any commissioner, the board of supervisors shall elect one member of the commission to hold office for the term of 5 years, from the first day of January next succeeding the appointment and until a successor is elected and qualifies.
201, s. 499
63.02 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
63.02 (2) The director of personnel shall cause the minutes of its proceedings to be taken and fully transcribed. The original transcribed copy shall be the official minutes of such proceedings and shall be open and available for public inspection. The director of personnel shall preserve all reports made to the commission, keep a record of all examinations held under its direction and perform such other duties as the commission may from time to time prescribe. The director of personnel shall be appointed by the county executive in the unclassified civil service and is subject to confirmation by the county board, as provided in s. 59.031 59.17 (2) (bm).
201, s. 500
63.03 (2) (y) of the statutes is amended to read:
63.03 (2) (y) Any position of general manager under s. 27.03 (2), director under s. 46.21 (1m) (a), department director under s. 59.035 59.52 (1), director of personnel under s. 63.02 (2) or county highway commissioner under s. 83.01 (1).
201, s. 501
66.012 (7) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.012 (7) (b) A county shoreland zoning ordinance enacted under s. 59.971 59.692 that is in force in any part of the territory shall continue in force until altered under s. 59.971 59.692 (7) (ad).
201, s. 502
66.014 (10) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.014 (10) Existing ordinances. A county shoreland zoning ordinance enacted under s. 59.971 59.692 that is in force in any part of the territory shall continue in force until altered under s. 59.971 59.692 (7) (ad).
201, s. 503
66.019 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read: