Give Feedback on Wisconsin Shoreline Zoning

Wisconsin changed its minimum statewide shoreland zoning standards in 2009, and the DNR is looking for feedback on some recent changes made to the law. Here are some of the major changes, according to DNR deputy administrator Russ Rasmussen:

* Increase impervious surface allowances on lots in highly developed areas. Residential lots would be allowed a 30 percent impervious surface, or 40 percent if they do some mitigation work. Commercial property or businesses would be allowed a 40 percent impervious surface, or 60 percent with mitigation. Existing structures above the limits are grandfathered in.

* Vegetation management rules will allow people that own property within 35 feet of the lake to manage vegetation such as poison ivy, invasive species or fallen branches without having to get a permit.

To learn more, click here or contact Rasmussen at 608.267.7651. To give feedback, email [email protected] or send mail to the Bureau of Watershed Management, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.

The Sister Bay Village Board will vote on changing the zoning code to allow hotel condominiums (not residential condominiums) in the downtown area at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6 pm. The village plan commission approved the change at its Aug. 6 meeting.

The opening ceremony for the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove library, originally scheduled for Aug. 17, has been rescheduled for a later date. More information will be available soon.