2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
February 17, 2022 - Offered by Senator Stafsholt.
SB840-SSA1,1,5 1An Act to renumber 60.61 (2) (b); to renumber and amend 62.23 (7) (b); and
2to create 60.61 (2) (b) 2., 60.61 (2) (b) 3., 62.23 (7) (b) 3., 66.10015 (1) (es),
366.10015 (7) and 236.11 (2) (am) of the statutes; relating to: local approvals of
4workforce housing projects and a requirement that street addresses be
5assigned at the time of subdivision plat approval.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB840-SSA1,1 6Section 1. 66.10015 (1) (es) of the statutes is created to read:
SB840-SSA1,1,107 66.10015 (1) (es) “Workforce housing” means housing to which all of the
8following apply, as adjusted for family size and the county in which the household is
9located, based on the county's 5-year average median income and housing costs as
10calculated by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in its American Community Survey:
SB840-SSA1,1,1211 1. The housing costs a household no more than 30 percent of the household's
12gross median income.
12. The residential units are for initial occupancy by individuals whose
2household median income is no more than 120 percent of the county's gross median
SB840-SSA1,2 4Section 2. 66.10015 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
SB840-SSA1,2,65 66.10015 (7) Workforce housing. (a) A political subdivision shall do all of the
SB840-SSA1,2,97 1. Establish a process for approving, denying, or conditionally approving an
8application for approval of a workforce housing project within 90 days of receiving
9the application.
SB840-SSA1,2,1310 2. Approve any application for approval of a workforce housing project that is
11consistent with the housing element of the political subdivision's comprehensive
12plan and consistent with the political subdivision's zoning ordinance unless the
13political subdivision demonstrates that all of the following apply:
SB840-SSA1,2,2014 a. The project would have an adverse impact on public health or safety that is
15significant, quantifiable, direct, and unavoidable. A political subdivision shall
16demonstrate an adverse impact under this subd. 2. a. by reference to objective
17written standards, policies, or conditions relating to public health or safety that exist
18on the date that the political subdivision receives the application. A zoning
19ordinance or other general land use plan is not an objective written standard, policy,
20or condition relating to public health or safety under this subd. 2. a.
SB840-SSA1,2,2221 b. The impact under subd. 2. a. cannot be mitigated without making the project
22financially infeasible as a workforce housing project.
SB840-SSA1,3,323 (b) A person aggrieved by the failure of a political subdivision to approve an
24application under par. (a) 2. for a workforce housing project may appeal the decision
25to the circuit court of the county in which the project was to be completed. If the court

1finds that the political subdivision has failed to satisfy the requirements of s. 66.1001
2(2) (b), 66.10013, or 66.10014, the court shall order the political subdivision to
3approve the application.
SB840-SSA1,3 4Section 3. 236.11 (2) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
SB840-SSA1,3,95 236.11 (2) (am) If a plat is approved or deemed approved by an approving
6authority under par. (a) and the approving authority has the right to assign a street
7address to a lot within the plat, the approving authority shall, no later than the date
8of approval, assign the lot's street address, unless the time is extended by agreement
9with the subdivider.
SB840-SSA1,4 10Section 4 . Initial applicability.
SB840-SSA1,3,1211 (1) The treatment of s. 66.10015 (7) (a) 2. and (b) first applies to an application
12received on the effective date of this subsection.
SB840-SSA1,3,1413 (2) The treatment of s. 236.11 (2) (am) first applies to a preliminary or final plat
14submitted for approval under s. 236.11 on the effective date of this subsection.
SB840-SSA1,5 15Section 5. Effective dates. This act takes effect on the day after publication,
16except as follows:
SB840-SSA1,3,1817 (1) The treatment of s. 66.10015 (7) (a) 2. and (b) and Section 4 (1 ) of this act
18take effect on the 180th day after the day of publication.