2005 - 2006 LEGISLATURE
April 27, 2005 - Introduced by Representatives Wieckert, Krawczyk, Nischke, Vos,
Townsend, Vrakas, Hines, Pridemore and Molepske, cosponsored by Senator
Roessler. Referred to Committee on Urban and Local Affairs.
1An Act to create
15.157 (13), 20.143 (1) (fr) and 560.085 of the statutes; relating
2to: establishing a state waterfront development program and creating a council
3on that program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Commerce (department) to establish and
administer a state waterfront development program, entitled the
"On-the-waterfront Program," for the purpose of assisting cities, villages, and towns
(municipalities) to coordinate, plan, manage, and implement programs for the
revitalization of areas that are adjacent to lakes or streams. Revitalization includes
constructing, renovating, and rehabilitating buildings or other improvements to
increase economic activity and tourism. Under the program, the department must
provide technical assistance, training, and information on revitalization of
waterfront areas to municipalities, and must coordinate state grant programs that
are available to municipalities for waterfront development. The authorized
positions for the department are increased by one for administration of the program.
The bill also creates the On-the-waterfront Program Council (council), which
is made up of the secretaries of commerce, tourism, natural resources, and
transportation, or their designees, and representatives of a local chamber of
commerce, a local visitor and convention bureau, a city, village, or county, a town, the
planning profession, the financial community, and the business community. The
council is charged with helping the secretary of commerce to develop a plan to operate
the On-the-waterfront Program, reviewing the effectiveness of the program, and
recommending procedures to improve the program.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB388, s. 1
15.157 (13) of the statutes is created to read:
15.157 (13) On-the-waterfront program council.
(a) There is created in the 3
department of commerce an on-the-waterfront program council, consisting of the 4
secretary of commerce or his or her designee, the secretary of tourism or his or her 5
designee, the secretary of natural resources or his or her designee, the secretary of 6
transportation or his or her designee, and the following members appointed for 7
1. One member representing a local chamber of commerce or similar 9
2. One member representing a local visitor and convention bureau or similar 11
3. One member representing a city, village, or county.
4. One member representing a town.
5. One member representing the planning profession.
6. One member representing the financial community.
7. Two members representing the business community.
(b) The secretary of commerce shall designate an employee of the department 18
of commerce to serve as nonvoting secretary for the council.
AB388, s. 2
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 20
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
AB388, s. 3
20.143 (1) (fr) of the statutes is created to read:
(fr) On-the-waterfront Program.
The amounts in the schedule for 3
general program operations under s. 560.085.
AB388, s. 4
560.085 of the statutes is created to read:
5560.085 On-the-waterfront Program. (1)
In this section:
(a) "Municipality" means a city, village, or town.
(b) "Revitalization" means any work or undertaking by a municipality to 8
construct, reconstruct, renovate, or rehabilitate buildings, structures, or other 9
improvements at a site or facility to increase economic activity and tourism.
(c) "Waterfront area" means an area located adjacent to a lake or stream.
The department shall establish and administer a state waterfront 12
development program, entitled the "On-the-waterfront Program," to assist 13
municipalities in coordinating, planning, managing, and implementing programs 14
for the revitalization of waterfront areas. The department shall do all of the 15
(a) Employ, in the state classified service, staff for the On-the-waterfront 17
(b) Coordinate state programs for grants that are available to municipalities 19
for waterfront development, including transportation enhancement activities 20
program grants and grants from the department.
(c) Provide to municipalities technical assistance, training, and information on 2
the revitalization of waterfront areas.
(d) With assistance from the on-the-waterfront program council and from 4
interested individuals and organizations, develop a plan describing the objectives of 5
the On-the-waterfront Program and the methods by which the department shall 6
accomplish the duties under pars. (b) and (c).
The on-the-waterfront program council shall do all of the following
(a) Help the secretary to develop a plan to operate the On-the-waterfront 9
(b) Review the effectiveness of, and recommend to the secretary procedures to 11
improve, the On-the-waterfront Program.
(1) On-the-waterfront program council.
Notwithstanding the length of 14
terms specified for the members of the on-the-waterfront program council under 15
section 15.157 (13) (a) (intro.) of the statutes, as created by this act, the initial 16
members shall be appointed for the following terms:
(a) The members specified under section 15.157 (13) (a) 1. to 4. of the statutes, 18
as created by this act, for terms expiring on July 1, 2008.
(b) The members specified under section 15.157 (13) (a) 5. to 7. of the statutes, 20
as created by this act, for terms expiring on July 1, 2009.
(2) Position authorization.
The authorized FTE positions for the department 22
of commerce are increased by 1.0 GPR position, to be funded from the appropriation 23
under section 20.143 (1) (fr) of the statutes, as created by this act, for the purpose of 24
administering the On-the-waterfront Program.