Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative

Advocating for Wisconsin Lakes



Senate Bill 459, Sub. Amend. 2

A. John Richter Testimony – Feb. 3, 2016

William P. O’Connor Testimony, Jan. 19, 2016

Fiscal Loss of Vilas County Shoreland Zoning Ordinance

By Mary Platner

Member of the Vilas County Subcommittee on Lake Classification from 1998 to 1999.

Bayfield County Zoning Ordinance

A. John Richter Testimony, Jan. 19, 2016

Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative Update



We continue to work on our bill, which is still a work in progress.  Currently, thought is being given to additions that will include some of the local authority that was removed in Act 55.  We are also reviewing the Rep. Jarchow bills (now numbering 3) which continue to remove local control and place these new restrictions in statute, making corrections much more difficult.   The reason for putting state government in control of local issues continues to mystify everyone on both sides of the political aisle, but leadership, in this very unsettled legislative environment has yet to challenge or exert guidance or control.  We are not yet in jeopardy of being too late for the next floor session.  However, nothing in this legislative period is a sure thing.  The current relationship between the Senate and Assembly continues to become increasingly more contentious, as do relationships within the majority party.  

Below is a summary of the new bill (Senator Lassee and Rep. Jarchow) that addresses private property rights and shoreland property and lakes for your information.  Writing your elected representatives is critically important now to prevent this misguided legislation from going forward.  I will be sending all a notification of the public hearing dates on this bill, which will be coming up in January.
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Draft Bill – LRB−3359/P5

December 6, 2015


Click here for the most recent version of the bill.  It was drafted as a LRB P5 (marked preliminary draft) so that we can receive input from you. It will then be immediately converted to a LRB/1 as soon as we have reviewed and considered responses.  It is the only bipartisan bill addressing the shoreland zoning changes and we believe has an excellent chance for passage and becoming law.  It has been a real struggle to get where we are now and, when passed, will represent the achievement of our goal set last August.  We are circulating it for your information.  Suggestions for changes should be sent to us at: .

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We Have a Bill!


November 24, 2015


We have a bill!  It is now in its 4th draft, each representing a week of time.  The proposed legislation is now being fine-tuned in meetings with sponsors and this process will continue for another two to three weeks.  This bill will then be given a number and introduced prior or at the next floor session in January.  I must tell you that for me, a non-political person, this was a new experience for me.  “The birthing of an elephant” is a phrase that comes to mind.

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