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Shoreland Zoning

Shoreland/Wetland ordinance requirements are mandated by WI Administrative Code NR115. NR115 was recently revised by the Wisconsin Legislature and counties must update their ordinances to meet the new standards by March 1, 2012. Throughout 2011, Rusk County will be working on revising their shoreland ordinance to meet the new state requirements. Ordinance standards will change in some areas, including impervious surfaces and nonconforming structure language. Be aware of this when making your plans for building.

Shoreland/Wetland Zoning affects all areas of Rusk County that are within 1000′ of any lake, pond or flowage, or within 300′ of any river or stream. Shoreland Zoning is administered by Section 17.57 of the Rusk County Code, which limits the development of wetlands and shoreland areas in order to protect water quality.

Among other things, Shoreland Zoning also protects fish spawning grounds, wildlife habitat and lake and river ecosystems. Permits are required for construction, land disturbing activities and other land uses.

For applications and setback information go to General Zoning.

Nonconforming structures are buildings that do not meet required setbacks. These buildings have additional limits on how they can be improved or expanded. The following information can be helpful in planning a project for a nonconforming structure. (new information coming – changes were made in 2016)

In searching for waterfront property, there are many characteristics to consider. Choosing the Right Waterfront Property is a publication meant to help you in your search for the right waterfront property for your needs.

Protecting Your Waterfront Investment is a publication developed for waterfront property owners and lists some steps you can take to protect your investment.

Many regulations concerning wetlands and waterways are administered by the WI Department of Natural Resources. Much information concerning these regulations can be found at the WI DNR Website