2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
December 5, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Jarchow, Weatherston,
Tusler, R. Brooks, Kulp, Spiros and Vorpagel, cosponsored by Senators
Lasee and Craig. Referred to Committee on Local Government.
1An Act to amend
87.30 (1) (b); and
87.30 (1) (e) of the statutes; 2relating to: conforming a floodplain zoning ordinance to a federal letter of map
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires that a floodplain determination and floodplain zoning
ordinance conform with a letter of map amendment issued by the Federal Emergency
Current law prohibits any person from placing or maintaining any structure,
building, fill, or development within any floodplain in violation of a floodplain zoning
ordinance adopted by a county, city, or village or by a Department of Natural
Resources order or determination. Under current law and DNR rule, a county, city,
or village may only amend a floodplain map if it also amends its water surface
profiles and floodplain zoning ordinance and submits these amendments to DNR for
Under current federal law, FEMA may not offer flood insurance through the
National Flood Insurance Program in a community unless that community adopts
and enforces floodplain management regulations that meet certain NFIP criteria
and are based on flood maps produced by FEMA. Under current federal law, upon
the submittal of scientific or technical information showing that a property's
designation in relation to a flood zone should be changed, FEMA may issue to the
applicant a letter of map amendment (LOMA) that amends the federal flood map
with respect to that property.
Under this bill, on the request of a property owner who has obtained a LOMA,
the county, city, or village in which the property is located is required to amend its
floodplain determination and floodplain zoning ordinance as necessary to conform
with the LOMA and is prohibited from enforcing a floodplain determination or
floodplain ordinance that is contrary to the LOMA. The bill also requires DNR to
consent to such a determination or ordinance amendment.
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:
87.30 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) All final orders, determinations
or decisions made under this 3
subsection shall be subject to review under ch. 227 and be effective 20 days after the 4
same have been served unless such order, determination,
and decision specifies a 5
different date upon which the same shall be effective. Such floodplain determination 6
and zoning ordinance shall be of the same effect as if adopted by the county, city,
village. Thereafter it is the duty of the county, city, village
and town officials to 8
administer and enforce the ordinance in the same manner as if the county, city,
village had adopted it. Floodplain Except as provided in par. (e), floodplain 10
determinations and zoning ordinances so adopted may be modified by the county, 11
or village concerned only with the written consent of the department except that.
12Except as provided in par. (e),
nothing in this subsection may be construed to prohibit 13
a county, city, village,
or town from adopting a floodplain ordinance more restrictive 14
than that adopted by the state.
87.30 (1) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
(e) 1. On the request of a property owner who has obtained a letter 17
of map amendment from the federal emergency management agency under 44 CFR
, the county, city, village, or town in which the property is located shall amend its
floodplain determination and floodplain zoning ordinance as necessary to conform 2
with the letter of map amendment. The county, city, village, or town may not enforce 3
a floodplain zoning ordinance that is contrary to a letter of map amendment.
2. The department shall consent to an amendment to a floodplain 5
determination or floodplain zoning ordinance that is necessary to conform with a 6
letter of map amendment under subd. 1.