Zoning / Zoning Boards

Zoning Board Workshops 

The Center for Land Use Education offers workshops for zoning boards of adjustment/appeals serving multi-county areas of Wisconsin.  Workshops may be arranged through your county Cooperative Extension office or directly through the Center for Land Use Education by contacting Lynn Markham at lmarkham@uwsp.edu or 715-346-3879 or CLUE staff at 715-346-3783.  A list of current workshops is available here.

Zoning Board Handbook

This handbook is intended to assist zoning board members, local government officials and citizens in understanding the role of the zoning board and the procedures and standards with which their decisions must comply. The handbook is available for download in pdf format free of charge, or in print for $15.00.  Complete the handbook order form, email landcenter@uwsp.edu or call 715-346-3783 to order copies. 

General Zoning Resources

This factsheet describes the use of local zoning ordinances to regulate land uses, densities and dimensional standards such as lot sizes, setbacks and building height limitations. 

Zoning is one tool used to carry out community goals and objectives as set forth in a comprehensive or land use plan.  This compilation by Struck covers such topics as zoning powers and developing a zoning ordinance to extraterritorial zoning.

Towns and counties have separate, well-defined roles in adoption, amendment and exceptions to general zoning.

Helps communities find an appropriate balance between private rights in continued use of existing development and the public purposes of new land use regulations.  Printed copies are available at no charge.  If you would like to order printed copies, you may e-mail landcenter@uwsp.edu or call 715-346-3783.

  •  DNR's Zoning case law summaries in Wisconsin: Cases relevant to shoreland and floodplain zoning in Wisconsin; published decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, DNR Publication # WT-540, Revised October 2004

Shoreland Zoning Resources