Zoning Code | General Requirements

Alcohol Licensing If you are opening a restaurant or a tavern, be sure to check out Chapter 5 of the municipal code for requirements related to liquor licenses.
Berms Earthen Berms are a vegetated, elongated earthen mound used as a landscape barrier.
Buffers If a parcel abuts another parcel that is in a different zoning district, special requirements for bufferyards may apply. Bufferyards typically include landscaping or fense and are intended to provide a visual screen and additional separation between potentially incompatible land uses. That portion of any business, industrial or multiple-family district (other than duplex construction) that is abutting property zoned for single-family residential development shall have a landscaped area of at least six feet wide extending the full length of the business, industrial or multiple-family district and meeting the following minimum requirements.

See §135-11 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code for more information.
Building Coverage ​Building coverage is used to control how much of a lot is built upon. Standards will vary from district to district.
Building Permit Building permits are required for all construction in the Town of Ledgeview and must be obtained from the Ledgeview Zoning Administrator.

Refer to Article XXVI:135-245 of the municipal code for more information or contact the building inspector.
Certificate of Occupancy No building or addition thereto constructed after the effective date of this chapter, and no addition to a previously existing building, shall be occupied until an occupancy permit has been issued by the Town Zoning Administrator or designee. No change in the use of a building shall be made until a permit has been issued by the Town Zoning Administrator or designee for such change of use. See §135-247 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Erosion Control All site investigations, plans, designs, computations, and drawings shall be certified by a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin to be prepared in accordance with accepted engineering practice and in accordance with criteria set forth by this chapter. More information found at §36-6 of the Ledgeview Zoning Code:
Exotic Pets There are a number of types of animals that are classified as “exotic animasl’  and are generally prohibited from the city as pets. See the prohibited animal list in §7-4 of the Town's Zoning Code.
Exterior Lighting The Town of Ledgeview has adopted a number of standards to regulate the spill-over of light and glare on operators of motor vehicles, pedestrians, and land uses in the vicinity of a light source in order to promote traffic safety and to prevent the creation of nuisances. Standards relate to the height of the lamp fixture, light trespass along property boundary lines, and maximum lighting levels for certain types of land uses.

See §135-18.1 of the Ledgeview Zoning Code for more details.
Financial Guarantee Establishment of guaranty. The Zoning Administrator may require the submittal of a financialguaranty, the form and type of which shall be acceptable to the Zoning Administrator. The financialguaranty shall be in an amount determined by the Zoning Administrator to be 125% of the estimated cost of construction. The financial guaranty shall give the Zoning Administrator the authorization to use the funds to complete the project if the landowner defaults or does not properly implement the approved stormwater management plan. More information can be found in §90-9 of the Town of Ledgeview's Zoning Code.
Floodplain Regulations No land shall be divided or subdivided for a use which is held unsuitable by the Town Board for reason of flooding or potential flooding, adverse soil or rock formations, severe erosion potential, unfavorable topography, drainage, inadequate water or sewage disposal capabilities, or any other condition likely to be harmful to the health, safety, or welfare of the future residents of the proposed subdivision plat, certified survey map, or of the community. Except as provided herein, the Town Board shall determine such unsuitability at the time the preliminary subdivision plat or certified survey map is considered for approval.

For more information see §96-7 in the Ledgeview Zoning Code.
Forfeiture Schedule More information about fees and penalties can be found in §1-16 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Garage Area The size of residential garages are controlled in one or more of the residential zoning district to ensure that garages do not become a dominant element on the lot or in relation to the size of the dwelling.
Groundwater or Wellhead Protection The Groundwater Protection Area - Area A is the lands immediately surrounding the well. The area is an area within a one-thousand-two-hundred-foot radius of the well. The setbacks to contamination sources as set forth in Wisconsin Administrative Code Section NR 811 shall be part of this article and enforceable under this article. See Chapter 126: Article I of the municipal code for the restrictions that apply. 
Historic Preservation Historic preservation is designed to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the community and of the state by regulating any place, structure or object with a special character, historic interest, aesthetic interest or other significant value for the purpose of preserving the place, structure or object and its significant characteristics. More information on the regulation of historic properties can be found in Chapter 53: Landmarks and Historic Preservation in the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Illicit Discharge The purpose of illicit discharge requirements is to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of the Town of Ledgeview through the regulation of nonstormwater discharges to the municipal separate storm sewer system ("system") to the maximum extent practicable as required by federal and state law. More can be found in Chapter 91: Illicit Discharge in the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Impervious Surfaces The amount of impervious surfaces on a lot has a direct bearing on how much stormwater is able to infiltrate and how much area is available for landscaping. Standards have been established for each of the zoning district. More information can be found at §90-5 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Land Divisions No land shall be divided or subdivided for a use which is held unsuitable by the Town Board for reason of flooding or potential flooding, adverse soil or rock formations, severe erosion potential, unfavorable topography, drainage, inadequate water or sewage disposal capabilities, or any other condition likely to be harmful to the health, safety, or welfare of the future residents of the proposed subdivision plat, certified survey map, or of the community. The Town Board shall determine such unsuitability at the time the preliminary subdivision plat or certified survey map is considered for approval. More information can be found in Chapter 96: Subdivision and Platting Regulations.
Landscaping Multi-family, commercial, and industrial projects are generally required to provide some level of landscaping. Typically, this involves plantings around the building, within the interior of the lot, within parking lots, and along the street. See §135-11 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code for all of the requirements.
Lot Access Every lot or parcel created shall have front access on a public street, excluding alleys. Lot equivalents are not required to have street frontage but must have access to a public street by way of a private drive or access easement. For more information see §96-10 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Lot Area Lots need to meet the minimum size requirements for the zoning district in which they are located. Pre-existing lots that are smaller than what is required are referred to as nonconforming lots or substandard lots. 

Go to the Dimensional Standards page to see this and other dimensional standards.
Lot Width Lots need to meet minimum standards for width established for the zoning district in which they are located.

Go to the Dimensional Standards page to see this and other dimensional standards.
Nonconforming Signs A nonconforming sign is a sign that complied with all standards at the time it was establish but does not now comply with one or more standards. See §79-19 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code for more details on how nonconforming signs may be used. 
Nonconforming Structures A building lawfully erected at the time of the enactment of the Ledgeview Zoning Code which does not conform to the height, setback, yard, parking or other bulk requirements of the code or any amendment thereto governing the zoning district in which such building is located.
Nonconforming Uses Any use of land, buildings or structures lawful at the time of the enactment of the zoning code which does not comply with all of the regulations of the zoning code or of any amendment hereto governing use for the zoning district in which such use is located.
Official Map This map is hereby designated as the "Official Map of the Town of Ledgeview." The Official Map shall show the location and extent of all platted and existing streets, highways, drainageways, parkways, parks and playgrounds, airports and airport affected areas, and historic districts within the corporate limits of the Town of Ledgeview as theretofore laid out, adopted and established by law, except the drainageways outside the Town limits shall not be included on the Official Map.

See §70 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code for more details.
Outstanding Payments In addition to any other requirements, as a condition of obtaining, renewing, or keeping any license or permit issued by the Town of Ledgeview, all property taxes, assessments, special assessments, special charges, fines, including, but not limited to, municipal forfeitures, shall be paid on a current basis. This condition shall apply personally to the person or entity obligated to make any such payment and shall also act as a bar to the issuance, renewal or keeping of any license or permit to conduct activities on a property upon which a lien of any kind exists for failure to make any payments specified herein, unless such person or entity shall make arrangements satisfactory to the Town Board to pay such debts. See §1-20 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code for more details.
Property Maintenance The Town of Ledgeview adopted a Property Maintenance Code (Chapter 65 of the municipal code) for the purpose of preserving and promoting the public health, safety and welfare of the people of the Town of Ledgeview. This includes protection of the physical, aesthetic, spiritual and monetary value of the people, property and environment in the Town of Ledgeview. The Town Board hereby finds that there may now be, or may in the future be, residential and nonresidential buildings, structures, yards or vacant areas and combinations thereof which are so dilapidated, unsafe, dangerous, unhygienic, overcrowded, inadequately maintained or lacking in basic equipment or facilities, light, ventilation and heating so as to constitute a menace to the health, safety and general welfare of the people. The establishment of minimum housing and property maintenance standards is necessary to preserve and promote the public interests.
Residential Floor Area A building intended in whole or part for residential purposes must have a floor area meeting the minimum area requirements specified for the zoning district in which the dwelling is located. Such minimums are stated in terms of the minimum total floor area required for a building based on the number of bedrooms.  Go to the Dimensional Standards page to see this and other dimensional standards.
Security Alarms Buildings with alarm systems are subject to the nuisance firm alarms requirements in §49-7 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code. 
Setbacks Buildings and other features must be located on a lot so as to comply with the setbacks established for the various zoning districts. Go to the Dimensional Standards page to see this and other dimensional standards.
Signage Sign regulations are intended to control the installation, design, and safe construction of signage within the Town of Ledgeview to ensure that signs are compatible with surrounding land uses, are well maintained, and express the identity of individual proprietors and the Town of Ledgeview as a whole.

Regulations relating to signs are found in Chapter 79: Signs.
Stormwater Management The Town Board finds that uncontrolled stormwater runoff from land development activity has a significant detrimental impact upon water resources and the health, safety, and general welfare of the Town. The purpose of stormwater management is to set forth stormwater requirements and criteria that will prevent and control water pollution and diminish the threats to public health, safety, welfare, and aquatic life due to runoff of stormwater from development or redevelopment. 

See Chapter 90: Stormwater Management of the Ledgeview Municipal Code for the stormwater ordinance.
Unsafe and Unfit Housing Any dwelling or dwelling unit which the inspector finds unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use shall be vacated or repaied within a reasonable time as ordered by the inspector. More information can be found in §66-12 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Utilities New buildings and building expansions need to be served by various types of infrastructure. See §135-11 of the zoning code for more details.
Variance An application for a variance shall be filed with the Zoning Administrator or designated agent. The application shall contain such information as requested in the application provided by the Zoning Administrator or designee, as well as such other further information as the Zoning Administrator or designee may deem reasonably necessary to evaluate such request for a variance. The Zoning Board of Appeals shall hold a public hearing on each request for variance. Time, place and purpose of the hearing shall be published as provided in the state law on planning and zoning and applicable to the Town of Ledgeview. Due notice of the hearing shall be given to the appellant, as well as parties of interest and any other individual who has filed a request with the Zoning Administrator or designee for a written notice of the time and place of the appeal. More information on vairances can be found at §135-248 of the Ledgeview Municipal Code.
Wetlands A wetland is an area where water is at, near, or above the land surface long enough to be capable of supporting aquatic or hydrophilic vegetation and which has soils indicative of wet conditions. A wetland delineation is established by or approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and/or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

See §36-5 for more information on construction near wetlands.