2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
November 4, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Farrow and Lazich, cosponsored by
Representatives Craig, Kramer and Kapenga. Referred to Elections and
1An Act to renumber and amend
60.62 (3) (b) of the 2
statutes; relating to: expanding the requirement of county board approval of
3a town amendment of its zoning ordinances.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, if a town board has been granted the authority to exercise
village powers, the town board may enact zoning ordinances using the zoning
statutes that are used by cities and villages, subject to a number of conditions. If the
county in which the town is located has enacted a county zoning ordinance, town
zoning ordinances may not take effect until such ordinances are approved either by
a town meeting or by a referendum vote of the electors of the town. In addition, in
counties having a zoning ordinance, no town zoning ordinance, or amendment of a
zoning ordinance, may be adopted by the town unless approved by the county board;
the bill modifies this provision.
Under this bill, with regard to towns to which certain conditions apply, the town
may not adopt or amend a zoning ordinance without county board approval. The
conditions are the following: the town must be located in a county with a population
in excess of 380,000, that county must have a zoning ordinance in effect on January
1, 2013 and, the county must be adjacent to a county that has a population in excess
For further information see the local 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:
60.62 of the statutes is renumbered 60.62 (3) (a) and amended to 2
(a) In Subject to par. (b), in
counties having a county zoning ordinance, 4
no zoning ordinance or amendment of a zoning ordinance may be adopted under this 5
section unless approved by the county board.
60.62 (3) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) With regard to a town to which all of the following apply, the town 8
may not adopt or amend a zoning ordinance under this section without county board 9
1. The town is located in a county that has a population exceeding 380,000.
2. The county in which the town is located is adjacent to a county that has a 12
population exceeding 800,000.
3. The county in which the town is located has a zoning ordinance in effect on 14
January 1, 2013.