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Zoning and Land Information

 

Planning and Zoning

Planning Information

Process

  1. Schedule an appointment to discuss potential rezoning with the staff well in advance of applying.
  2. Submit a completed application to the department. A checklist of required actions and items is included in the application. 
  3. Property owners within 660' of the property on which the use will be located are notified by mail of the public hearing. A notice of the hearing is published in the local newspaper before the scheduled meeting.
  4. Attend the Planning, Resources & Development Committee public hearing, where a formal report is given on the application. The committee members consider the town board and staff member recommendations, as well as any testimony from the public, before voting on a motion to approve or deny the permit. 
  5. Following the hearing, the Planning & Development Committee makes a recommendation to the County Board of Supervisors to either grant or deny the request for rezoning.
  6. The County Board considers the rezoning application and either approves, denies, or requests further review of the requested rezoning. If the rezone is approved, a notification letter of approval/denial is sent to the applicant and property owners within 150' of the property.

 


Ordinances

 


Permits

The department is allowed 10 business days for the review of completed applications. Applications will be deemed complete when all forms, plans and documents required to process the application, and notification of completion of other prerequisite permitting requirements have been received by the Zoning, Planning & Land Information Department

 

Permits - Fees
Permits - Applications

Land Use Permits

Where do I need a Land Use Permit?

This permit is required in the following locations: Map of the county where we provide assistance?

 

When do I need a Land Use Permit?

This permit is required for building the following:

  • New structures; additions, modifications, or structural alterations to existing buildings or structures.
  • Accessory structures as authorized for each of the zoning districts.

 

Conditional Use Permits 

When do I need a Conditional Use Permit?

Conditional use permits are required for land uses to which special conditions are attached to protect the public interest. These permits are granted by the La Crosse County, Planning, Resources Committee following a public hearing which gathers information from all interested parties and staff.

Process

  1. Schedule an appointment or submit a completed application to the Zoning Department. A checklist of required actions is included in the application. 
  2. Staff will review the application and submit a staff report/recommendation to the Planning, Resources and Development Committee.
  3. Property owners within 660' of the property on which the use will be located are notified by mail of the public hearing. A notice of the hearing is published in the local newspaper before the scheduled meeting.
  4. Attend the Planning, Resources and Development Committee public hearing, where staff member delivers a report on the application. The committee members reflect on the staff member recommendations, as well as any testimony from the public, presentation from the applicant before voting on a motion to approve or deny the permit. 

 

Required Plans

Submit a complete set of legible building plans for all dwellings and for all additions to one- and two-family dwellings (including decks).  Plans shall be legible and drawn to scale showing enough information on the plan so it can be used to construct the dwelling or addition.

  1. Site Plan – The site plan shall show the exact location of the dwelling and any other buildings, wells, and disposal systems on the property with respect to each other and to all property lines, the right-of-way line, and the center line of the road. This plan should also show the distance from the driveway center line to the property line in feet.
  2. Erosion Control Plan – If required, must be submitted to the Land Conservation Department.
  3. Floor Plans – Floor plans shall be provided for each floor.  The size and location of all rooms, doors, windows, structural features (i.e. footings, headers, special construction features, exit passageways, and stairs), braced wall panels and wall bracing construction details shall be indicated.  The location of plumbing fixtures, chimneys, and heating and cooling appliances shall be included.  Room use must be indicated.
  4. Elevations – The elevation views of the building (front, back, and two sides) shall contain information on the exterior of the building including the location, size, and configuration of doors, windows, roof, chimneys, exterior grade, footings, and foundation walls, as well as the type of exterior materials.
  5. Cross Sections – Cross sections shall include the footings, foundation, and framing.  Detail on the beams, headers, columns, and the truss layout should also be included here or on the job site.  

 

Things to keep in mind:

The site selection is governed by the Floodplain Code, Shoreland/Wetland Code, Comprehensive Zoning Code, and the soil criteria for a sewage disposal system.  Check the information for your site!  Some examples of site considerations follow:

  • Consideration of the terrain can reduce footing, foundation, and grading costs while enhancing views and improving basement utilization.
  • Building with a very shallow basement on a site with soil moisture problems can reduce or eliminate those moisture problems.
  • Orienting the dwelling on the property correctly can take advantage of passive solar heat.
  • Building with erosion control in mind can reduce site repair work caused by storms.
  • Professional assistance or computer design software can help you add value and enjoyment to your completed building project.  

 

Rezoning and Conditional Use Permits Staff Reports and Recommendations

Public hearings must be held before approving or denying rezoning petitions or conditional use permit applications.  Under this program, staff reports assessing rezoning petitions and conditional use permits are prepared and presented at public hearings. The reports evaluate whether requests are consistent with the purpose of the zoning ordinance and other applicable zoning provisions.  Staff reports are not required, but the county must conduct public hearings for rezoning petitions and conditional use permit applications in accordance with state law, and findings for approval or denial must cite how they are consistent or inconsistent with the zoning code.  Fees charged for petitions and applications cover the costs associated with preparing staff reports.

 

Local Government Planning Assistance

Under this program, the Planning Division provides research assistance on planning issues of concern to local jurisdictions, and serves as a clearinghouse for information on most planning related matters including land use, economic development, housing, conservation and preservation of natural resources, outdoor recreation, transportation and demographics.  Assistance provided has included compiling information, analyzing information, and offering recommendations, assisting jurisdictions with planning procedures, and preparing land use plans. 

 

Rezoning

Permitted uses are established for each zoning district. The owner may seek to change the zone designated on the official zoning map to allow a use that is currently not permitted on their property.  The zoning map amendment or rezoning is an amendment of the zoning code. The requested zone change may not be granted if it does not fit with the comprehensive plan and community goals for the area. The application/hearing fees cover the costs associated with preparing staff reports and are  not refundable. The rezone request may well be denied.

 

Municipality Information

 


Farmland Preservation Planning

The La Crosse County Farmland Preservation Plan provides a balance between agriculture and residential uses in the rural areas of La Crosse County. The Farmland Preservation Program is a discretionary decision that provides farmers with eligibility for tax credits.  The county is required to maintain an up-to-date plan so that farmers in La Crosse County can maintain their eligibility for tax credits under the Farmland Preservation Program. The Farmland Preservation Program is a part of the Chapter 17, Zoning Code Ordinance.

 


Zoning Brochures

 


Zoning FAQs

Have questions? Read through our Zoning frequently asked questions for answers.

 


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