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State shoreline rule revision headed to Legislature

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on Friday approved revisions to state shoreline zoning requirements that will limit development near waterways.

The rule revision will not take effect without the Wisconsin Legislature’s approval. The Legislature earlier this year rejected an earlier draft of the shoreline rules, prompting the latest revision.

The new rules limit the amount of roof, pavement or other impervious surface space created by developments within 300 feet of any lake, river or stream. The earlier draft rejected by the Legislature would have applied this rule to properties within 1,000 feet of a waterway.

The rule also limits expansion projects on houses within 75 feet of a waterway. Property owners can build a second story or expand buildings vertically if they are at least 35 feet from a shoreline. But projects cannot expand a building’s footprint within the 75-foot setback from the shoreline.

– Sean Ryan

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