66.0203 (9) (title) Function of the
department board. (a) Upon receipt of the petition from the circuit court and payment of any fee imposed under s. 16.53 (14), the department board shall make any necessary investigation to apply the standards under s. 66.0207.
(b) Within 20 30 days after the receipt by the department board of the petition from the circuit court and payment of any fee imposed under s. 16.53 (14), whichever is later, any party in interest may request a hearing. Upon receipt of the request, the department board shall schedule a hearing at a place in or convenient to the territory sought to be incorporated.
(d) Unless Subject to par. (dm), unless the court sets a different time limit, the department board shall prepare its findings and determination, citing the supporting evidence, within 90 180 days after receipt of the referral from the court and payment of any fee imposed under s. 16.53 (14), whichever is later. The findings and determination shall be forwarded by the department board to the circuit court. Copies of the findings and determination shall be sent by certified or registered mail to the designated representative of the petitioners, and to all town and municipal clerks entitled to receive mailed notice of the petition under sub. (4).
66.0203 (9) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
66.0203 (9) (dm) The time period specified or set by the court under par. (d) shall be stayed for a reasonable period of time to allow for alternative dispute resolution of any disagreements between interested parties that result from the filing of an incorporation petition if all interested parties agree to this stay and provide written notice of their agreement to the board and to the circuit court.
66.0203 (9) (e) (intro.), (f), (g) and (h) of the statutes are amended to read:
66.0203 (9) (e) (intro.) The determination of the department board made in accordance with the standards under ss. 66.0205, 66.0207 and 66.0217 (6) (c) shall be one of the following:
(f) If the department board determines that the petition shall be dismissed under par. (e) 1., the circuit court shall issue an order dismissing the petition. If the department board grants the petition, the circuit court shall order an incorporation referendum as provided in s. 66.0211.
(g) The findings of both the court and the department board shall be based upon facts as they existed at the time of the filing of the petition.
(h) Except for an incorporation petition which describes the territory recommended by the department board under s. 66.0203 sub. (9) (e) 3., no petition for the incorporation of the same or substantially the same territory may be entertained for one year following the date of dismissal under par. (f) of the petition or the date of any election at which incorporation was rejected by the electors.
66.0203 (9) (i) of the statutes is created to read:
66.0203 (9) (i) If the board fails to make a determination within the time limit under par. (d), the board shall refund the fees imposed by the board under s. 16.53 (14) and shall then make a determination as quickly as possible.
66.0205 (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0205 Standards to be applied by the circuit court. (intro.) Before referring the incorporation petition as provided in s. 66.0203 (2) to the department
board, the court shall determine whether the petition meets the formal and signature requirements and shall further find that the following minimum requirements are met:
66.0207 (title), (1) (intro.) and (b), and (2) (intro.) of the statutes are amended to read:
66.0207 (title) Standards to be applied by the department board. (1) (intro.) The department board may approve for referendum only those proposed incorporations which meet the following requirements:
(b) Territory beyond the core. The territory beyond the most densely populated one-half square mile specified in s. 66.0205 (1) or the most densely populated square mile specified in s. 66.0205 (2) shall have an average of more than 30 housing units per quarter section or an assessed value, as defined in s. 66.0217 (1) (a) for real estate tax purposes, more than 25% of which is attributable to existing or potential mercantile, manufacturing or public utility uses. The territory beyond the most densely populated square mile as specified in s. 66.0205 (3) or (4) shall have the potential for residential or other urban land use development on a substantial scale within the next 3 years. The department board may waive these requirements to the extent that water, terrain or geography prevents the development.
(2) (intro.) In addition to complying with each of the applicable standards set forth in sub. (1) and s. 66.0205 in order to be approved for referendum, a proposed incorporation must be in the public interest as determined by the department board upon consideration of the following:
66.0209 (2) and (4) of the statutes are amended to read:
66.0209 (2) The decision of the department board made under s. 66.0203 (9) is subject to judicial review under ch. 227.
(4) An incorporation referendum ordered by the circuit court under s. 66.0203 (9) (f) may not be stayed pending the outcome of further litigation, unless the court of appeals or the supreme court, upon an appeal or upon the filing of an original action in the supreme court, concludes that a strong probability exists that the order of the circuit court or the decision of the department board will be set aside.
66.0217 (14) of the statutes is created to read:
66.0217 (14) Law applicable. Section 66.0203 (8) (c) applies to annexations under this section.
66.0219 (8) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0219 (8) Law applicable. Section Sections 66.0203 (8) (c) and 66.0217 (11) applies apply to annexations under this section.
66.0223 of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0223 Annexation of territory owned by a city or village. In addition to other methods provided by law and subject to ss. 59.692 (7) and 66.0307 (7), territory owned by and lying near but not necessarily contiguous to a village or city may be annexed to a village or city by ordinance enacted by the board of trustees of the village or the common council of the city, provided that in the case of noncontiguous territory the use of the territory by the city or village is not contrary to any town or county zoning regulation. The ordinance shall contain the exact description of the territory annexed and the names of the towns from which detached, and attaches the territory to the village or city upon the filing of 7 certified copies of the ordinance in the office of the secretary of state, together with 7 copies of a plat showing the boundaries of the territory attached. Two copies of the ordinance and plat shall be forwarded by the secretary of state to the department of transportation, one copy to the department of administration, one copy to the department of natural resources, one copy to the department of revenue and one copy to the department of public instruction. Within 10 days of filing the certified copies, a copy of the ordinance and plat shall be mailed or delivered to the clerk of the county in which the annexed territory is located. Section Sections 66.0203 (8) (c) and 66.0217 (11) applies apply to annexations under this section.
(1) The treatment of sections 16.53 (14), 66.0203 (8) (b) and (c) and (9) (title), (a), (b), (d), (e) (intro.), (f), (g), (h), and (i), 66.0205 (intro.), 66.0207 (title), (1) (intro.) and (b), and (2) (intro.), 66.0217 (14), 66.0219 (8), and 66.0223 of the statutes first applies to a petition for incorporation of a village or city that is filed with a circuit court under section 66.0203 (2) of the statutes on the effective date of this subsection.