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TOWN OF TEXAS

 

MARATHON COUNTY, WISCONSIN

 

ZONING CODE

 

 

 

Chapter 17, Town Code of Ordinances

 

 

Adopted:  June 11, 2007

Posted/Published: June 21, 2007

Approved by Marathon County Board of Supervisors:  October 16, 2007

Amended 17.20(2) and created (3)  May 18, 2009

Amended 17.49(3)(kk)  April 5, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

Town of Texas Zoning Ordinance

 

INTRODUCTION

 

17.01    Objectives.......................................................................1
17.02    Short  Title..................................................................... 1
17.03    Purpose and Intent......................................................... 1

17.04    Application of Overlapping gulations................................. 1

17.05    General Interpretations................................................... 1

17.06    Severability and Nonliability.............................................. 1

17.07    Applicability..................................................................... 1

17.08    Definitions....................................................................... 2

 

GENERAL REGULATIONS

 
17.10    Jurisdiction.................................................................... 13

   17.11   Compliance................................................................. 13

17.12    Permits......................................................................... 13

17.13    Conditional Use Permits.................................................. 14

17.14    (Reserved for future use)............................................... 15

17.15    Fee Schedule................................................................. 15

17.16    Expiration or Conflict..................................................... 16

17.17    Exemptions................................................................... 16

17.18    Use Regulations............................................................. 16

17.19    Nonconforming Structures and Uses............................... 17

17.20    Accessory Uses and Structures...................................... 18

17.21    Area Regulations........................................................... 18

17.22    Height Regulations and Exceptions................................. 20

17.23    Highway and Railroad Setbacks..................................... 20

17.24    Reduced Building Setbacks............................................. 21

17.25    Vision Clearance Triangle................................................ 21

17.26    Structures Permitted Within Setback Lines...................... 22

17.27    Mobile Home Limitation................................................. 22

            Vision Clearance Triangle - examples.............................. 23

 

 

DISTRICTS AND MAPS

 

17.40    Zoning Districts.................................................................................................................... 24

17.41    Maps................................................................................................................................... 24

17.42    Boundaries of Districts.......................................................................................................... 24

17.43    RS-1/20 and RS-1/40 Residence Districts............................................................................... 24

17.44    RS-2 Single Family Residence District................................................................................... 26

17.45    RM Multiple Family Residence District.................................................................................. 27

17.46    RP Residential Planned Development District......................................................................... 29

17.47    CV Conservancy District...................................................................................................... 30

17.48    RC Recreation District.......................................................................................................... 31

17.49    A-1 General Agricultural District........................................................................................... 33

17.50    A-3 Exclusive Agricultural District......................................................................................... 39

17.52    RR Rural Residential and RE Rural Estate Districts................................................................ 43

 

 

 

DISTRICTS AND MAPS (continued)

17.54    C-1 Commercial District....................................................................................................... 45

17.55    M-1 Light Industrial District.................................................................................................. 47

17.56    M-2 Heavy Industrial District................................................................................................ 49

17.59    Wellhead Protection Overlay District..................................................................................... 51

 

 

MOBILE HOME PARKS

 

17.60    Districts Allowed.................................................................................................................. 58

17.61    Application for Permit........................................................................................................... 58

17.62    Requirements....................................................................................................................... 58

17.63    Mobile Home Use Restrictions.............................................................................................. 59

17.64    Registers.............................................................................................................................. 59

 

 

MOTOR VEHICLE AND PARKING REGULATIONS

 

17.70    Loading Requirements.......................................................................................................... 60

17.71    Parking Requirements........................................................................................................... 60

17.72    Driveways........................................................................................................................... 61

 

 

SIGNS

 

17.80    General................................................................................................................................ 62

17.81    Signs in Residential, Conservancy, and Agricultural Districts.................................................... 62

17.82    Signs in Recreational, Commercial and Industrial Districts....................................................... 63

17.83    Unsafe and Unlawful signs and Advertising Devices............................................................... 64

17.84    Existing Signs/Special Provisions............................................................................................ 64

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

17.90    Planning Commission............................................................................................................ 65

17.91    Board of Appeals................................................................................................................. 65

17.92    Ordinance Amendment......................................................................................................... 67

17.93    Administration...................................................................................................................... 68

17.94    Violations and Penalties........................................................................................................ 69

 


INTRODUCTION

17.01    OBJECTIVES.

To achieve the objectives outlined in §60.61, 60.62, 61.35 and 62.23 Wis. Stats., the Town of Texas adopts the zoning regulations contained in this chapter.

17.02    SHORT TITLE.

This chapter shall be known and cited as the Town of Texas Zoning Code.

17.03    PURPOSE AND INTENT.

This chapter is adopted to promote and protect public health, safety, comfort, convenience, aesthetics and other aspects of the general welfare; and, more specifically, to fix reasonable standards to which buildings and structures shall conform, to regulate and restrict lot coverage and population density, to guide the proper distribution and location of various land uses by the establishment of zoning districts which are applied where the Town has zoning jurisdiction, to promote the safety and efficiency of the streets and highways, to provide for adequate light, air, sanitation and drainage, to conserve natural resources, to provide safety from fire, flooding, water pollution, contamination and other hazards, to define the powers and duties of the administrative bodies as provided in this chapter, and to prescribe penalties for the violation of the provisions of this chapter or any amendment to this chapter.

17.04    APPLICATION OF OVERLAPPING REGULATIONS.

(1)   This chapter shall not repeal, impair or modify private covenants or other ordinances, except that it shall apply whenever it imposes stricter regulations.

17.05    APPLICABILITY.

The Town of Texas has legally adopted this independent comprehensive zoning ordinance.

The Town of Texas shall be subject to all the provisions of the Marathon County Zoning Code within the floodplain, shoreland and wetland areas as these areas are defined in §17.30, §17.31 and §17.32. of the Marathon County Zoning Code.

17.06    SEVERABILITY AND NONLIABILITY.

Should any section, clause, provision or portion of this chapter be adjudged unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this chapter shall not be affected thereby. 

17.07    GENERAL INTERPRETATIONS.

The following rules of construction shall apply to this chapter:

(1)   The particular shall control the general; in case of any difference of meaning or implication between the text of this chapter and any caption or illustration, the text shall control;  "shall" is mandatory, "may" is permissive; words used in the present tense shall include the future and words used with singular number shall include the plural, and the plural the singular, unless the context clearly indicates the contrary; "building" or "structure" includes any part thereof; "used for"; includes "arranged for", "person" includes an individual, corporation, partnership, incorporated association or any other similar entity; unless the context clearly indicates the contrary, where a regulation involves two or more items, conditions, provisions or events connected by the conjunction "and","or" or "either/or," the conjunction shall be interpreted as follows:  "and" indicates that all the connected items, conditions, provisions or events shall apply; "or" indicates that the connected items, conditions, provisions or events shall apply singly or in any combination; "either/or" indicates that the connected items, conditions, provisions or events shall apply singly but not in combination.  All measured distances shall be to the nearest integral foot.  If a fraction is ½ foot or more, the integral foot next above shall be taken.  The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.

(2)   The provisions of this chapter shall be held to be minimum requirements and shall be liberally construed in favor of the Town and shall not be deemed a limitation or repeal of any other power granted by the Wisconsin Statutes and related administrative codes.  

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