2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
September 29, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Moulton,
Stroebel and Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Kulp,
Horlacher, Hutton, T. Larson, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Thiesfeldt and Quinn.
Referred to Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection.
1An Act to repeal
16.965, 20.505 (1) (cm), 20.505 (1) (cn), 20.505 (1) (ud), 66.0230 2
(2) (d) and 66.1001 (3m); to amend
20.505 (1) (ub), 59.69 (3) (a), 62.23 (2), 62.23 3
(3) (b), 66.1001 (3) (intro.) and 66.1002 (2) (intro.); and to create
66.1001 (7) and 4
66.1001 (8) of the statutes; relating to: comprehensive planning and making
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill authorizes a local government to repeal its comprehensive plan and
eliminates a grant program related to comprehensive planning.
Under the current law commonly known as the "Smart Growth" statute, if a
city, village, town, county, or regional planning commission (local governmental unit)
creates a development plan or master plan (comprehensive plan) or amends an
existing comprehensive plan, the plan must contain certain planning elements. The
required planning elements include the following: housing; transportation; utilities
and community facilities; agricultural, natural, and cultural resources; economic
development; land use; and intergovernmental cooperation.
Also under current law, unless certain conditions apply, beginning on January
1, 2010, certain ordinances enacted or amended by a local governmental unit that
affect land use must be consistent with that local governmental unit's comprehensive
plan. The ordinances to which this requirement applies are official mapping, local
subdivision regulation, and zoning ordinances, including zoning of shorelands or
wetlands in shorelands. Also under current law, beginning on January 1, 2010, if a
local governmental unit enacts or amends any of these specified ordinances, the
comprehensive plan must contain at least all of the required planning elements.
Under this bill, a local governmental unit is authorized to repeal its
comprehensive plan. Correspondingly, the ordinances that under current law must
be consistent with a local governmental unit's comprehensive plan must, under the
bill, be consistent with the local governmental unit's comprehensive plan only if the
local governmental unit has a comprehensive plan in effect.
Under current law, the Department of Administration provides grants to local
governmental units to assist in financing the cost of planning activities. This bill
eliminates this grant program.
For further information see the state and 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:
16.965 of the statutes is repealed.
20.505 (1) (cm) of the statutes is repealed.
20.505 (1) (cn) of the statutes is repealed.
20.505 (1) (ub) of the statutes is amended to read:
From the land information fund, all moneys received by 6
the department under s. 59.72 (5) (a), except moneys appropriated under par. (ud) 7other than the first $2,000,000 received in each fiscal year
, for the land information 8
program under s. 16.967 and for reviews of proposed municipal incorporations and 9
annexations by the department and for the purpose of providing aids under s. 16.965
20.505 (1) (ud) of the statutes is repealed.
59.69 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) The county zoning agency may direct the preparation of a county 13
development plan or parts of the plan for the physical development of the 14
unincorporated territory within the county and areas within incorporated 15
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 2
part and may be amended by the board and endorsed by the governing bodies of 3
incorporated jurisdictions included in the plan. The county development plan, in 4
whole or in part, in its original form or as amended, is hereafter referred to as the 5
development plan. Beginning on January 1, 2010, or, if the county is exempt under
6s. 66.1001 (3m), the date under s. 66.1001 (3m) (b), if the county engages in any
7program or action described in s. 66.1001 (3), the development plan shall contain at
8least all of the elements specified in s. 66.1001 (2).
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 11
make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the city, including any 12
areas outside of its boundaries that in the commission's judgment bear relation to the 13
development of the city provided, however, that in any county where a regional 14
planning department has been established, areas outside the boundaries of a city 15
may not be included in the master plan without the consent of the county board of 16
supervisors. The master plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts, and 17
descriptive and explanatory matter, shall show the commission's recommendations 18
for such physical development, and shall, as described in sub. (3) (b), contain at least
19the elements described in s. 66.1001 (2)
. The commission may from time to time 20
amend, extend, or add to the master plan or carry any part or subject matter into 21
greater detail. The commission may adopt rules for the transaction of business and 22
shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings, and determinations, 23
which record shall be a public record.
62.23 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The commission may adopt the master plan as a whole by a single 2
resolution, or, as the work of making the whole master plan progresses, may from 3
time to time by resolution adopt a part or parts of a master plan.
4January 1, 2010, or, if the city is exempt under s. 66.1001 (3m), the date under s.
566.1001 (3m) (b), if the city engages in any program or action described in s. 66.1001
6(3), the master plan shall contain at least all of the elements specified in s. 66.1001
The adoption of the plan or any part, amendment, or addition, shall be by 8
resolution carried by the affirmative votes of not less than a majority of all the 9
members of the city plan commission. The resolution shall refer expressly to the
10elements under s. 66.1001 and other
matters intended by the commission to form the 11
whole or any part of the plan, and the action taken shall be recorded on the adopted 12
plan or part of the plan by the identifying signature of the secretary of the 13
commission, and a copy of the plan or part of the plan shall be certified to the common 14
council, and also to the commanding officer, or the officer's designee, of any military 15
base or installation, with at least 200 assigned military personnel or that contains 16
at least 2,000 acres, that is located in or near the city. The purpose and effect of the 17
adoption and certifying of the master plan or part of the plan shall be solely to aid 18
the city plan commission and the council in the performance of their duties.
66.0230 (2) (d) of the statutes is repealed.
66.1001 (3) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.1001 (3) Ordinances that must be consistent with comprehensive plans. 22
(intro.) Except as provided in sub. (3m), beginning on January 1, 2010, if If
a local 23
governmental unit has in effect a comprehensive plan and
enacts or amends any of 24
the following ordinances, the ordinance shall be consistent with that local 25
governmental unit's comprehensive plan:
66.1001 (3m) of the statutes is repealed.
66.1001 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
66.1001 (7) Repeal of comprehensive plan.
A local governmental unit may 4
repeal its comprehensive plan by a majority vote of the members-elect, as defined 5
in s. 59.001 (2m), of the governing body.
66.1001 (8) of the statutes is created to read:
66.1001 (8) Limitation on consideration of comprehensive planning.
department or agency of the state or authority created by the state or any city, village, 9
town, or county may consider whether or not a local governmental unit has in effect 10
a comprehensive plan in determining the eligibility of the local governmental unit 11
or any person or entity in the local government unit for participation in an economic 12
66.1002 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.1002 (2) Moratorium allowed.
(intro.) Subject to the limitations and 15
requirements specified in this section, a municipality may enact a development 16
moratorium ordinance if the municipality has enacted a comprehensive plan, is in 17
the process of preparing its comprehensive plan, or
is in the process of preparing a 18
significant amendment to its comprehensive plan in response to a substantial 19
change in conditions in the municipality, or is exempt from the requirement as
20described in s. 66.1001 (3m)
, and if at least one of the following applies:
(1) Notwithstanding section 20.001 (3) (c) of the statutes, there is lapsed to the 23
land information fund from the appropriation account to the department of 24
administration under section 20.505 (1) (ub) of the statutes, as affected by the acts 25
of 2015, an amount equal to $2,000,000 less any amount obligated or paid for
comprehensive planning grants in the fiscal year, in the fiscal year in which this 2
subsection takes effect.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, 4
except as follows:
(1) The treatment of section 20.505 (1) (ub) of the statutes takes effect on July 6