66.1021(12) (12) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no transit commission may provide service outside the corporate limits of the city which establishes the transit commission unless the transit commission receives financial support for the service under a contract with a public or private organization for the service. This subsection does not apply to service provided by a transit commission outside the corporate limits of the city which establishes the transit commission if the transit commission is providing the service on April 28, 1994, without receiving financial support from a public or private organization for the service, and elects to continue the service.
66.1021 History History: 1975 c. 224; 1977 c. 418; 1981 c. 247; 1983 a. 189, 266; 1993 a. 184, 246, 279, 491; 1999 a. 150 s. 606; Stats. 1999 s. 66.1021.
66.1023 66.1023 Transit employees; Wisconsin retirement system.
66.1023(1)(1)
66.1023(1)(a)(a) This subsection applies to all affected employees of a transportation system which is acquired, after June 29, 1975, but prior to January 1, 1982, by a city, a city transit commission or a metropolitan transit authority which is a participating employer in the Wisconsin retirement fund.
66.1023(1)(b) (b) Within 60 days after May 19, 1978, or within 60 days after a system is acquired by a city, a city transit commission or a metropolitan transit authority, whichever is later, an election shall be conducted by the department of employee trust funds under procedures adopted by the department of employee trust funds. If all of the affected employees of the transportation system who are members of a retirement system established by the previous employer vote to be included within the Wisconsin retirement fund, prior to January 1, 1982, or the Wisconsin retirement system, after that date, rather than their present retirement system, their eligibility for participation within the Wisconsin retirement system shall be computed from the date of acquisition.
66.1023(1)(c) (c) Notwithstanding any other law, no city, city transit commission or metropolitan transit authority may be required to contribute to more than one retirement fund for an affected employee.
66.1023(2) (2)
66.1023(2)(a)(a) Notwithstanding any other law pension benefits, rights and obligations of persons who are employed by a transportation system on the date of its acquisition by a participating employer in the Wisconsin retirement system shall be determined under pars. (b) and (c) if the date of acquisition is on or after January 1, 1982.
66.1023(2)(b) (b) Participating employers who acquire a transportation system on or after January 1, 1982 may elect to permit the employees of the transportation system on the date of acquisition to elect to continue participation under a retirement plan which has been established for those employees prior to the acquisition, rather than to participate in the Wisconsin retirement system. An employee who elects to continue participation in the prior established retirement plan is included under the Wisconsin retirement system as a participating employee but no contributions shall be made to the Wisconsin retirement system, and the employee is not eligible for any benefits from the system for service as an employee of the transportation system. If an affected employee does not elect to continue participation in the previously established retirement plan the employee is a participant in the Wisconsin retirement system from the date of acquisition and employer and employee contributions are required commencing with that date. The government entity acquiring the transportation system is not required to contribute, directly or indirectly, to the Wisconsin retirement system and also to another retirement plan for the employee.
66.1023(2)(c) (c) An employee may elect to continue under a previously established retirement plan as provided by par. (b) only if the participating employer in the Wisconsin retirement system which acquired the transportation system files with the department of employee trust funds within 60 days after the date of acquisition notice of election to make the option available. An employee who does not elect under par. (b), according to the procedures established by the department of employee trust funds, to continue participation under a previously established retirement plan within 60 days after the employer's notice is filed is a participant in the Wisconsin retirement system.
66.1023(3) (3) A person who commences employment on or after January 1, 1982 or the date of acquisition, whichever is later, with a transportation system which has been acquired by a participating employer in the Wisconsin retirement system is, if otherwise eligible under the Wisconsin retirement system, a participating employee under that system.
66.1023 History History: 1977 c. 418; 1981 c. 96; 1999 a. 150 s. 607; Stats. 1999 s. 66.1023.
66.1024 66.1024 Effect of reservation or exception in conveyance. Whenever an executed and recorded deed, land contract, or mortgage of lands abutting on an existing public street, highway, or alley or a projected extension thereof contains language reserving or excepting certain lands for street, highway, or alley purposes, the reservation or exception shall constitute a dedication for such purpose to the public body having jurisdiction over the highway, street, alley, or projected extension thereof, unless the language of the reservation or exception plainly indicates an intent to create a private way. Any reservation or exception shall not be effective until it is accepted by a resolution of the governing body having jurisdiction over such street, highway, alley, or projected extension thereof.
66.1024 History History: 2003 a. 214 s. 27.
66.1024 Note NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214, which created this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
66.1025 66.1025 Relief from conditions of gifts and dedications.
66.1025(1)(1) If the governing body of a county, city, town or village accepts a gift or dedication of land made on condition that the land be devoted to a special purpose, and the condition subsequently becomes impossible or impracticable, the governing body may by resolution or ordinance enacted by a two-thirds vote of its members-elect either to grant the land back to the donor or dedicator or the heirs of the donor or dedicator, or accept from the donor or dedicator or the heirs of the donor or dedicator, a grant relieving the county, city, town or village of the condition, pursuant to article XI, section 3a, of the constitution.
66.1025(2) (2)
66.1025(2)(a)(a) If the donor or dedicator of land to a county, city, town or village or the heirs of the donor or dedicator are unknown or cannot be found, the resolution or ordinance described under sub. (1) may provide for the commencement of an action under this section for the purpose of relieving the county, city, town or village of the condition of the gift or dedication.
66.1025(2)(b) (b) Any action under this subsection shall be brought in a court of record in the manner provided in ch. 801. A lis pendens shall be filed or recorded as provided in s. 840.10 upon the commencement of the action. Service upon persons whose whereabouts are unknown may be made in the manner prescribed in s. 801.12.
66.1025(2)(c) (c) The court may render judgment in an action under this subsection relieving the county, city, town or village of the condition of the gift or dedication.
66.1025 History History: 1973 c. 189 s. 20; Sup. Ct. Order, 67 Wis. 2d 585, 774 (1975); 1991 a. 316; 1997 a. 304; 1999 a. 150 s. 323; Stats. 1999 s. 66.1025.
66.1027 66.1027 Traditional neighborhood developments and conservation subdivisions.
66.1027(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
66.1027(1)(a) (a) "Conservation subdivision" means a housing development in a rural setting that is characterized by compact lots and common open space, and where the natural features of land are maintained to the greatest extent possible.
66.1027(1)(b) (b) "Extension" has the meaning given in s. 36.05 (7).
66.1027(1)(c) (c) "Traditional neighborhood development" means a compact, mixed-use neighborhood where residential, commercial and civic buildings are within close proximity to each other.
66.1027(2) (2)Model ordinances.
66.1027(2)(a)(a) Not later than January 1, 2001, the extension, in consultation with any other University of Wisconsin System institution or with a landscape architect, as that term is used in s. 443.02 (2), or with independent planners or any other consultant with expertise in traditional neighborhood planning and development, shall develop a model ordinance for a traditional neighborhood development and an ordinance for a conservation subdivision.
66.1027(2)(b) (b) The model ordinances developed under par. (a) shall be presented to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, and shall be referred immediately by the speaker of the assembly and the presiding officer of the senate to the appropriate standing committee in each house. The model ordinances shall be considered to have been approved by a standing committee if within 14 working days of the referral, the committee does not schedule a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the model ordinance. If the committee schedules a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the model ordinance, the ordinance may not be considered to have been approved unless the committee approves the model ordinance.
66.1027(3) (3)City and village requirements.
66.1027(3)(a)(a) Not later than January 1, 2002, every city and village with a population of at least 12,500 shall, and every city and village with a population of less than 12,500 is encouraged to, enact an ordinance that is similar to the model traditional neighborhood development ordinance that is developed under sub. (2) (a) if the ordinance is approved under sub. (2) (b), although the ordinance is not required to be mapped.
66.1027(3)(b) (b) A city or village whose population reaches at least 12,500, after January 1, 2002, shall enact an ordinance that is similar to the model traditional neighborhood development ordinance that is developed under sub. (2) (a) if the ordinance is approved under sub. (2) (b) not later than the first day of the 12th month beginning after the city's or village's population reaches at least 12,500, although the ordinance is not required to be mapped.
66.1027(3)(c) (c) Not later than January 1, 2011, every city and village with a population of at least 12,500 shall report to the department of administration whether it has enacted an ordinance under par. (a). A city or village whose population reaches at least 12,500, after January 1, 2011, shall report to the department of administration whether it has enacted an ordinance under par. (b) not later than the first day of the 18th month beginning after the city's or village's population reaches at least 12,500.
66.1027 History History: 1999 a. 9, 148; 1999 a. 150 s. 85; Stats. 1999 s. 66.1027; 2009 a. 123, 351.
66.1031 66.1031 Widening of highways; establishment of excess widths.
66.1031(1)(1) With the approval of the governing body of a city, village, or town in which a street or highway or part of a street or highway is located, the county board, to promote the general welfare, may establish street and highway widths in excess of the widths in use and adopt plans showing the location and width proposed for any future street or highway, which shall not be subject to s. 82.19 (2). Streets or highways or plans for streets or highways established or adopted under this section shall be shown on a map showing present and proposed street or highway lines and, except in counties having a population of 500,000 or more, property lines and owners. The map shall be recorded in the office of the register of deeds, subject to s. 59.43 (2m) and, if applicable, the requirements under s. 84.095. Notice of the recording shall be published as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, in any city, village, or town in which the affected streets or highways are located. The notice shall briefly set forth the action of the county board.
66.1031(2) (2) The excess width for streets or highways in use for the right-of-way required for those planned may be acquired at any time either in whole or in part by the state, county, city, village, or town in which located; but no part shall be acquired in less than the full extent, in width, of the excess width to be made up of land on the same side of the street or highway, nor for less than the full length of such excess width lying within contiguous land owned by the same owner. Any land so acquired, whether the excess width is acquired for the full length of the street or highway or not, shall at once become available for highway purposes. The power to acquire such right-of-way or additional width in portions as provided in this section may be exercised to acquire the land on advantageous terms.
66.1031(3) (3) In counties containing a population of 500,000 or more if, subsequent to the establishment of widths on streets or highways under sub. (2), in conformity with this section or s. 59.69, any area embracing a street or highway upon which a width has been established under this section is annexed to a city or village or becomes a city or village by incorporation, the city or village shall adhere to the established width, and shall not, subsequent to any annexation or incorporation, except with the approval of the county board, do any of the following:
66.1031(3)(a) (a) Alter or void the established width.
66.1031(3)(b) (b) Permit or sanction any construction or development that will interfere with, prevent, or jeopardize the obtaining of the necessary right-of-way to such established width.
66.1031 History History: 1993 a. 301; 1995 a. 201, 225; 1997 a. 35; 2003 a. 214 s. 103; Stats. 2003 s. 66.1031; 2005 a. 253.
66.1031 Note NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
66.1033 66.1033 Curative provisions.
66.1033(1)(1) In this section:
66.1033(1)(a) (a) "Political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
66.1033(1)(b) (b) "Public way" means a highway, street, slip, pier, or alley.
66.1033(2) (2) For proceedings taken, or for plats, deeds, orders, or resolutions executed before January 1, 2005, notwithstanding s. 840.11, no defect, omission or informality in the proceedings of, or execution of a plat, deed of dedication, order, or resolution by, a political subdivision shall affect or invalidate the proceedings, plat, deed, order, or resolution after 5 years from the date of the proceeding, plat, deed, order, or resolution. The public way dedicated, laid out, or altered by a defective or informal proceeding, plat, deed, order, or resolution shall be limited in length to the portion actually worked and used.
66.1033(3) (3) For proceedings taken, or for plats, deeds, orders, or resolutions executed after January 1, 2005, except as provided in s. 840.11, no defect, omission, or informality in the proceedings of, or execution of a plat, deed of dedication, order, or resolution by, a political subdivision shall affect or invalidate the proceedings, plat, deed, order, or resolution after 5 years from the date of the proceedings, plat, deed, order, or resolution. The public way dedicated, laid out, or altered by a defective or informal proceeding, plat, deed, order, or resolution shall be limited in length to the portion actually worked and used.
66.1033 History History: 2003 a. 214 ss. 16, 25, 26.
66.1033 Note NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
66.1035 66.1035 Rights of abutting owners. The owners of land abutting on any highway, street, or alley shall have a common right in the free and unobstructed use of the full width of the highway, street, or alley. No town, village, city, county, company, or corporation shall close up, use, or obstruct any part of the highway, street, or alley so as to materially interfere with its usefulness as a highway or so as to damage abutting property, or permit the same to be done, without just compensation being made for any resulting damage. This section does not impose liability for damages arising from the use, maintenance, and operation of tracks or other public improvement legally laid down, built, or established in any street, highway, or alley prior to April 7, 1889. All rights in property that could entitle an owner to damages under this section may be condemned by any corporation that is listed in s. 32.02 in the same manner that other property may be condemned by the corporation.
66.1035 History History: 2003 a. 214 s. 101; Stats. 2003 s. 66.1035.
66.1035 Note NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
66.1035 Annotation This section does not authorize the recovery of damages for a loss of business due to the temporary closing of a street for construction purposes. Weinandt v. Appleton, 58 Wis. 2d 734, 207 N.W.2d 673 (1973).
66.1035 Annotation Landowners whose property abuts a public roadway, but who have no ownership interest in the land under the roadway, are abutting landowners for purposes of access rights. The right attributed to an abutting landowner is the right of reasonable access. Geyso v. Daly, 2005 WI App 18, 278 Wis. 2d 475, 691 N.W.2d 915, 04-0748
66.1037 66.1037 Beautification and protection.
66.1037(1) (1) No lands abutting on any highway, and acquired or held for highway purposes, shall be deemed discontinued for such purposes so long as they abut on any highway. All lands acquired for highway purposes after June 23, 1931, may be used for any purpose that the public authority in control of the highway determines promotes the public use and enjoyment. The authority may improve such lands by suitable planting, to prevent the erosion of the soil, or to beautify the highway. The right to protect and to plant vegetation in any highway laid out prior to June 23, 1931, may be acquired in any manner that lands may be acquired for highway purposes. Subject to sub. (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to injure any tree or shrub, or cut or trim any vegetation other than grass, or make any excavation in any highway laid out after June 23, 1931, or where the right to protect vegetation has been acquired, without the consent of the highway authority and under its direction. The authority shall remove, cut, or trim or consent to the removing, cutting, or trimming of any tree, shrub, or vegetation in order to provide safety to users of the highway.
66.1037(2) (2)
66.1037(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), no person may cut or trim grass along any state trunk highway without the consent of the department of transportation.
66.1037(2)(b) (b) A person who owns or leases land abutting a state trunk highway may, without the consent of the department of transportation, cut or trim grass that is within the highway right-of-way and that is located along the land's frontage with the highway right-of-way or within 200 feet of a driveway, railroad crossing, or intersection along the land's frontage with the highway right-of-way. This paragraph does not permit a person to cut or trim grass without the consent of the department of transportation if any of the following applies:
66.1037(2)(b)1. 1. The state trunk highway is a freeway, as defined in s. 346.57 (1) (am), or an expressway, as defined in s. 59.84 (1) (b).
66.1037(2)(b)2. 2. The person farms or harvests the grass.
66.1037(2)(b)3. 3. The grass is located in any of the following:
66.1037(2)(b)3.a. a. An area where pedestrians are prohibited.
66.1037(2)(b)3.b. b. An area accessible only by crossing a traffic lane of the state trunk highway.
66.1037(2)(b)3.c. c. An area located within 50 feet of a sign, as defined in s. 84.30 (2) (j).
66.1037 History History: 2003 a. 214 ss. 23m to 24g.
66.1037 Note NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
66.1037 Annotation Municipalities may incur liability for failure to trim vegetation obstructing the view at an intersection. Walker v. Bignell, 100 Wis. 2d 256, 301 N.W.2d 447 (1981).
66.1037 Annotation Although this section mandates that governmental authorities "remove, cut or trim or consent to the removing, cutting or removal of any tree, shrub or vegetation in order to provide safety to users of the highway," it has not also created a private cause of action for damages caused by a failure to comply with that mandate. Estate of Wagoner v. City of Milwaukee, 2001 WI App 292, 249 Wis. 2d 306, 638 N.W.2d 382, 01-0623.
subch. XI of ch. 66 SUBCHAPTER XI
DEVELOPMENT
66.1101 66.1101 Promotion of industry; industrial sites.
66.1101(1) (1) It is declared to be the policy of the state to encourage and promote the development of industry to provide greater employment opportunities and to broaden the state's tax base to relieve the tax burden of residents and home owners. It is recognized that the availability of suitable sites is a prime factor in influencing the location of industry but that existing available sites may be encroached upon by the development of other uses unless protected from encroachment by purchase and reservation. It is further recognized that cities, villages and towns have broad power to act for the commercial benefit and the health, safety and public welfare of the public. However, to implement that power, legislation authorizing borrowing is necessary. It is, therefore, the policy of the state to authorize cities, villages and towns to borrow for the reservation and development of industrial sites, and the expenditure of funds for that purpose is determined to be a public purpose.
66.1101(2) (2) For financing purposes, the purchase, reservation and development of industrial sites undertaken by a city, village or town is a public utility within the meaning of s. 66.0621. In financing under that section, rentals and fees are considered to be revenue. Any indebtedness created under this section shall not be included in arriving at the constitutional debt limitation.
66.1101(3) (3) Sites purchased for industrial development under this section or under any other authority may be developed by the city, village or town by the installation of utilities and roadways but not by the construction of buildings or structures. The sites may be sold or leased for industrial purposes but only for a fair consideration to be determined by the governing body.
66.1101 History History: 1999 a. 150 s. 494; Stats. 1999 s. 66.1101.
66.1102 66.1102 Land development; notification; records requests.
66.1102(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
66.1102(1)(a) (a) "Land information" has the meaning given in s. 59.72 (1) (a).
66.1102(1)(b) (b) "Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, or county.
66.1102(2) (2)Notification requirements. Before a political subdivision may take action that would allow the development of a residential, commercial, or industrial property that would likely increase the amount of water that the main drain of a drainage district would have to accommodate, the political subdivision shall send notice to the drainage district.
66.1102(3) (3)Failure to notify. A political subdivision's failure to notify under sub. (2) does not invalidate any decision made or action taken by the political subdivision.
66.1102(4) (4)Land information record requests. Whenever any office or officer of a political subdivision receives a request to copy a record containing land information, the requester has a right to receive a copy of the record in the same format in which the record is maintained by the custodian, unless the requester requests that a copy be provided in a different format that is authorized by law.
66.1102 History History: 2007 a. 121; 2009 a. 370.
66.1103 66.1103 Industrial development revenue bonding.
66.1103(1)(1) Findings.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)