59.58 (6) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (a) 1. "Authority" means the regional
transportation transit authority.
59.58 (6) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (a) 2. "Region" means the geographic area composed of the counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.
59.58 (6) (b) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
59.58 (6) (b) The counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Racine shall create a regional transit authority. The governing body of the authority shall consist of the following members:
1. Three members, one from each county in the region, appointed by the county executive of each county and approved by the county board.
2. Three members, one from the most populous city in each county in the region, appointed by the mayor of each such city and approved by the common council.
3. One member from the most populous city in the region,
nominated by the governor
, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed.
59.58 (6) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
59.58 (6) (bm) No action may be taken by the authority unless at least 6 members of the authority's governing body vote to approve the action.
59.58 (6) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (c) The Notwithstanding s. 59.84 (2), the authority shall be responsible for the coordination of highway and transit and commuter rail programs in the region and for other responsibilities as specified for the authority by the legislature.
59.58 (6) (cg) of the statutes is created to read:
59.58 (6) (cg) 1. The authority may impose the fees under subch. XIII of ch. 77.
2. The authority shall retain all revenues received under subd. 1., except those expended as authorized under par. (cr), until the authority has submitted the report specified in par. (e) and action on the report is taken by the legislature.
59.58 (6) (cr) of the statutes is created to read:
59.58 (6) (cr) The authority may hire staff, conduct studies, and expend funds essential to the preparation of the report specified in par. (e).
59.58 (6) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (d) The department of transportation or its designee, the southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, or any designee of the governing body of the authority may provide administrative support services to assist the authority in fulfilling its duties.
59.58 (6) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
59.58 (6) (dm) Any recipient of state funding for the planning or engineering of a commuter rail project in the region shall periodically report to the authority's governing body or staff.
59.58 (6) (e) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (e) (intro.) By November 15, 1992 2008, the authority shall submit to the governor and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2), a report on the activities of the authority. The report shall include all of the following:
59.58 (6) (e) 1. and 2. of the statutes are repealed.
59.58 (6) (e) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (e) 3. A plan to improve the coordinating and funding coordination of expanded public mass transit, commuter rail, and passenger rail in the region.
59.58 (6) (e) 3m. of the statutes is repealed.
59.58 (6) (e) 3r. of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (e) 3r. A recommendation on the use of bonding for commuter rail and public transit in the region, and the role of the authority in such bonding.
59.58 (6) (e) 4. of the statutes is repealed.
59.58 (6) (e) 4g. and 4r. of the statutes are created to read:
59.58 (6) (e) 4g. A plan for the distribution among the mass transit operators in the region of any permanent regional funding specified in subd. 5.
4r. A recommendation as to whether the responsibilities of the authority should be limited to collection and distribution of regional transit funding or should also include operation of transit service.
59.58 (6) (e) 5. (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 59.58 (6) (e) 5. and amended to read:
59.58 (6) (e) 5. A proposal that specifically identifies a permanent regional funding source to provide local funds for highway improvements in the region that have a demonstrably regional impact, and for the local portion of operating and capital costs of commuter rail and public transit that are not covered by passenger fares. In making its proposal, the authority shall consider at least the following and that considers all potential funding sources:.
59.58 (6) (e) 5. a. to d. of the statutes are repealed.
59.58 (6) (e) 6. of the statutes is amended to read:
59.58 (6) (e) 6. A recommendation on whether the authority should continue in existence after September 30, 1993 2009.
59.69 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.69 (3) (a) The county zoning agency may direct the preparation of a county development plan or parts of the plan for the physical development of the unincorporated territory within the county and areas within incorporated jurisdictions whose governing bodies by resolution agree to having their areas included in the county's development plan. The plan may be adopted in whole or in part and may be amended by the board and endorsed by the governing bodies of incorporated jurisdictions included in the plan. The county development plan, in whole or in part, in its original form or as amended, is hereafter referred to as the development plan. Beginning on January 1, 2010, if the county engages in any program or action described in s. 66.1001 (3), the development plan shall contain at least all of the elements specified in s. 66.1001 (2).
59.72 (3) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
59.72 (3) Land information office. The board may establish a county land information office or may direct that the functions and duties of the office be performed by an existing department, board, commission, agency, institution, authority, or office. If the board establishes a county land information office, the office shall:
(a) Coordinate land information projects within the county, between the county and local governmental units, between the state and local governmental units and among local governmental units, the federal government and the private sector.
(b) Within 2 years after the land information office is established, develop and receive approval for a countywide plan for land records modernization. The plan shall be submitted for approval to the department of administration under s. 16.967 (3) (e).
(c) Review and recommend projects from local governmental units for grants from the department of administration under s. 16.967 (7).
59.72 (4) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
59.72 (4) Aid to counties. A board that has established a land information office under sub. (3) may apply to the department of administration for a grant for a land information project under s. 16.967 (7).
59.72 (5) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
59.72 (5) Land record modernization funding. (a) Before the 16th day of each month a register of deeds shall submit to the department of administration $7 from the fee for recording or filing the first page of each instrument that is recorded or filed under s. 59.43 (2) (ag) 1. or (e), less any amount retained by the county under par. (b).
(b) A county may retain $5 of the $7 submitted under par. (a) from the fee for recording or filing the first page of each instrument that is recorded or filed under s. 59.43 (2) (ag) 1. or (e) if all of the following conditions are met:
1. The county has established a land information office under sub. (3).
2. A land information office has been established for less than 2 years or has received approval for a countywide plan for land records modernization under sub. (3) (b).
3. The county uses $4 of each $5 fee retained under this paragraph to develop, implement, and maintain the countywide plan for land records modernization and $1 of each $5 fee retained under this paragraph for the provision of land information on the Internet, including the county's land information records relating to housing.
62.23 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
62.23 (2) Functions. It shall be the function and duty of the commission to make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the city, including any areas outside of its boundaries that in the commission's judgment bear relation to the development of the city provided, however, that in any county where a regional planning department has been established, areas outside the boundaries of a city may not be included in the master plan without the consent of the county board of supervisors. The master plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts, and descriptive and explanatory matter, shall show the commission's recommendations for such physical development, and shall, as described in sub. (3) (b), contain at least the elements described in s. 66.1001 (2). The commission may from time to time amend, extend, or add to the master plan or carry any part or subject matter into greater detail. The commission may adopt rules for the transaction of business and shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings, and determinations, which record shall be a public record.
62.23 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
62.23 (3) (b) The commission may adopt the master plan as a whole by a single resolution, or, as the work of making the whole master plan progresses, may from time to time by resolution adopt a part or parts of a master plan. Beginning on January 1, 2010, if the city engages in any program or action described in s. 66.1001 (3), the master plan shall contain at least all of the elements specified in s. 66.1001 (2). The adoption of the plan or any part, amendment, or addition, shall be by resolution carried by the affirmative votes of not less than a majority of all the members of the city plan commission. The resolution shall refer expressly to the elements under s. 66.1001 and other matters intended by the commission to form the whole or any part of the plan, and the action taken shall be recorded on the adopted plan or part of the plan by the identifying signature of the secretary of the commission, and a copy of the plan or part of the plan shall be certified to the common council. The purpose and effect of the adoption and certifying of the master plan or part of the plan shall be solely to aid the city plan commission and the council in the performance of their duties.
66.0216 of the statutes is created to read:
66.0216 Incorporation of certain towns contiguous to 2nd class cities. (1) Conditions. (a) A town board may initiate the procedure for incorporating its town as a city or village under this section by adopting a resolution providing for a referendum by the electors of the town on the question of whether the town should become a city or village if on the date of the adoption of the resolution all of the following conditions are satisfied:
(b) The most recent federal decennial census shows that the resident population of the town exceeds 23,000.
(c) The town is contiguous to a 2nd class city with a resident population exceeding 75,000.
(d) The most recent per capita equalized valuation figures available from the department of revenue show that the per capita equalized valuation for the town is equal to or greater than the average per capita equalized valuation for all cities and villages in the state.
(e) The town board of the town is authorized to exercise village powers.
(f) The town contains at least 2,500 acres of land that has been zoned for industrial, commercial, communication, or public utility use.
(g) The town contains at least 400 acres of land actually used for industrial, commercial, communication, or public utility purposes.
(h) The common council of at least one 2nd class city that is contiguous to the town has adopted a resolution approving the incorporation of the town as a city or village.
(2) Referendum resolution. The resolution of the town board required under sub. (1) shall do, or contain, all of the following:
(a) Certify that all of the conditions under sub. (1) are satisfied.
(b) Contain a description of the territory to be incorporated sufficiently accurate to determine its location and a statement that a scale map reasonably showing the boundaries of the territory is on file with the town clerk.
(c) If incorporation as a city is proposed, specify the number of members of the common council and the method of election, and specify the numbers and boundaries of the aldermanic districts.
(d) Determine the numbers and boundaries of each ward of the proposed city or village, conforming to the requirements of s. 5.15 (1) and (2).
(e) Determine the date of the referendum, which may not be earlier than 6 weeks after the adoption of the resolution.
(3) Notice of referendum. The town clerk shall publish the resolution adopted under sub. (1) in a newspaper published in the town. If no newspaper is published in the town, the town clerk shall publish the resolution in a newspaper designated in the resolution. The town clerk shall publish the resolution once a week for 4 successive weeks, the first publication to be not more than 4 weeks before the referendum.
(4) Voting procedure. The referendum shall be conducted in the same manner as elections for town board supervisors. The question appearing on the ballot shall be: "Shall the town of .... become a city?" or "Shall the town of .... become a village?" Below the question shall appear 2 squares. To the left of one square shall appear the words "For a city" or "For a village," and to the left of the other square shall appear the words "Against a city" or "Against a village." The inspectors shall make a return to the town clerk.
(5) Certificate of incorporation. If a majority of the votes are cast in favor of a city or village, the town clerk shall certify that fact to the secretary of state, together with 4 copies of a description of the legal boundaries of the town, and 4 copies of a plat of the town. The town clerk shall also send the secretary of state an incorporation fee of $1,000. Upon receipt of the town clerk's certification, the incorporation fee, and other required documents, the secretary of state shall issue a certificate of incorporation and record the certificate in a book kept for that purpose. The secretary of state shall provide 2 copies of the description and plat to the department of transportation and one copy to the department of revenue. The town clerk shall also transmit a copy of the certification and the resolution under sub. (1) to the county clerk.
(6) Action. No action to contest the validity of an incorporation under this section on any grounds, whether procedural or jurisdictional, may be commenced after 60 days from the date of issuance of the charter of incorporation by the secretary of state. In any such action, the burden of proof as to all issues is upon the person bringing the action to show that the incorporation is not valid. An action contesting an incorporation shall be given preference in the circuit court
(7) City or village powers. A city or village incorporated under this section is a body corporate and politic, with the powers and privileges of a municipal corporation at common law and conferred by ch. 61 or 62.
(8) Existing ordinances. (a) Ordinances in force in the territory or any part of the territory, to the extent not inconsistent with ch. 61 or 62, continue in force until altered or repealed.
(b) A county shoreland zoning ordinance enacted under s. 59.692 that is in force in any part of the territory continues in force until altered under s. 59.692 (7) (ad).
(9) Interim officers, first city or village election. Section 66.0215 (8) and (9), as it applies to a town that is incorporated as a city under s. 66.0215, applies to a town that is incorporated as a city or village under this section.
(10) Sunset. This section does not apply after June 30, 2010.
66.0230 (2) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0230 (2) (d) The consolidating town, and city or village, agree to adopt a comprehensive master plan under s. 66.1001 s. 62.23 (2) or (3) for the consolidated city or village, and the comprehensive master plan takes effect on the effective date of the consolidation.
66.0231 of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0231 Notice of certain litigation affecting municipal status or boundaries. If a proceeding under ss. 61.187, 61.189, 61.74, 62.075, 66.0201 to 66.0213, 66.0215, 66.0216, 66.0217, 66.0221, 66.0223, 66.0227 or 66.0307 or other sections relating to an incorporation, annexation, consolidation, dissolution or detachment of territory of a city or village is contested by instigation of legal proceedings, the clerk of the city or village involved in the proceedings shall file with the secretary of state 4 copies of a notice of the commencement of the action. The clerk shall file with the secretary of state 4 copies of any judgments rendered or appeals taken in such cases. The notices or copies of judgments that are required under this section may also be filed by an officer or attorney of any party of interest. The secretary of state shall forward to the department of transportation 2 copies and to the department of revenue and the department of administration one copy each of any notice of action or judgment filed with the secretary of state under this section.
66.0309 (8) (a) 1. b. of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0309 (8) (a) 1. b. Consistent with the elements specified in s. 66.1001, make Make plans for the physical, social and economic development of the region, and, consistent with the elements specified in s. 66.1001, adopt by resolution any plan or the portion of any plan so prepared as its official recommendation for the development of the region.
66.0309 (9) of the statutes is amended to read: