City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 5-11-1 Statement of purpose.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
It is in the interests of the citizens of the city that a plan for the improvement and development of industrial parks within the city be established. Therefore, this chapter is enacted to preserve and enhance the value of lots contained within such industrial parks as well as all lands located in the general vicinity of such industrial parks. It is the intention of the city that industrial parks be developed to enhance the future economic growth of the city in a planned development for a general mix of industry distribution, wholesaling and limited intensive commercial operations if the latter are an integral part of the manufacturing or distribution process. It is intended that the provisions of this chapter be construed to provide for aesthetically pleasing design and harmonious overall development of industrial parks in the city.

§ 5-11-2 Definitions.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
In this chapter:
DESIGN REVIEW
Means a process of a review intended to address the aesthetic aspects of proposed buildings, signs and related projects within the district. Design review does not entail review of structural or engineering aspects of the construction of buildings and related projects within the district.
NOXIOUS
Means hurtful, offensive or that which causes or tends to cause injury, especially to the health.
ODOROUS
Means having an odor or fragrance whether pleasant or unpleasant.
TOXIC SUBSTANCE
Means any substance or mixture containing a substance regulated by the federal occupational safety and health administration under title 28 of the code of federal regulations, part 1910, subpart (z), or its successor or as amended, which is introduced by an employer to be used, studied or produced in the work place.

§ 5-11-3 Design review and plan approval.

[7-21-1992; 7-18-2000; 1-3-2006; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Design review is implemented to promote the public health, safety and welfare by the use of municipal zoning authority. Requirements for design review and approval apply to uses and developments regardless of the characterization of the use or development within this chapter as a permitted use or conditional use.
(B) 
No building, sign or other improvement shall be erected, placed or altered on any building site in the district until the plans and design for such building, sign or improvement, including site plan, landscape, building plan and specifications have been reviewed and approved by the plan commission.
(1) 
Design review shall be completed before the commencement of any construction.
(2) 
The building inspector, zoning administrator or their designees shall provide checklists, application forms and timetables to property owners at the request of such owners. These documents shall have prior plan commission approval as to format and content.
(3) 
Following review of plans and designs, discussions with applicants and agents and discussion within the plan commission, the plan commission shall make a decision of approval, conditional approval, rejection or other action.
(4) 
Decisions shall be in writing and shall identify those elements of the approved design which the plan commission intends to be mandatory.
(5) 
The building inspector and the zoning administrator shall have applicants sign acknowledgements of receipts of written plan commission design review decisions before issuance of a building permit.
(C) 
A project that has had design review and that has a building permit is approved for execution only in accord with the directives included in the design review approval. Construction or execution that deviates from requirements of this chapter may not occur without prior plan commission approval.

§ 5-11-4 Lot size and setbacks.

[7-21-1992; 9-17-1996; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Each lot size shall consist of a minimum of one acre.
(B) 
All structures other than signs shall be set back at least 30 feet from public rights of way.
(C) 
All structures except fences shall be set back at least 10 feet from all other property lines, and at least 50 feet from a property line at a boundary with a residential district and must comply with chapter 14 of this title establishing buffer yard requirements.
(D) 
Pavement areas shall be no closer than 10 feet from a property line.

§ 5-11-5 Permitted and conditional uses.

[11-18-2003; 7-5-2005; 7-15-2008; 5-18-2010; 3-12-2012; 16-17-2014; 11-5-2014; 9-15-2015; 2016 Code; 1-17-2017]
(A) 
The following uses are permitted in this district:
Automotive and light truck sales, servicing and repair.
Distilleries, rectifiers, breweries and small wineries.
Carbon dioxide processing facilities designed to receive and process carbon dioxide generated by a dry mill ethanol plant with a design capacity less than or equal to 100,000,000 gallons of ethanol per year.
City structure.
Cleaning, dyeing and pressing establishments and laundries.
Construction firm offices, shops, storage areas and display rooms.
Dry mill ethanol plant with a design capacity less than or equal to 100,000,000 gallons of ethanol per year and which is designed and constructed with the best available control technology to substantially eliminate offensive odors and to achieve not less than a 95% reduction of emissions of substances that are regulated by the United States environmental protection agency, or its successor agency.
Electronic assembly and manufacture of electronic goods.
Enameling and painting operations.
Knitting mills and the manufacture of products from finished fabrics.
Laboratories, research, development and testing and manufacturing and fabrication in conjunction with such research and development and operations.
Manufacture and bottling of nonalcoholic beverages.
Manufacture of goods from leather, but not tanning of hides or manufacture of leather.
Manufacture of goods from plastics.
Manufacture of jewelry and cosmetics.
Manufacture of products from paper, but not the manufacture of paper or pulp.
Manufacture of products from wood, except the manufacture of paper, pulp and plastics.
Manufacture of sporting goods, home and office appliances and supplies.
Manufacture, repair and salvage of electric motors, generators, transformers and controls.
Printing, publishing, bookbinding, blueprinting, duplicating.
Repair and service of heavy equipment, whether or not self-propelled, such as large trucks, road construction equipment or semitrailers, and other items of similar size or weight; including the repair and storage of automotive accessories, but not including the wrecking or salvage of motor propelled vehicles.
Sheet metal working and plumbing shops.
Telecommunications facilities.
Trucking operations, including truck terminals, transfer facilities, vehicle maintenance, cleaning and repairing as a component of trucking operations.
Warehousing or distribution operations.
(B) 
The following uses are permitted as conditional uses in this district:
Accessory buildings.
Carbon dioxide processing facilities designed to receive and process carbon dioxide generated by a dry mill ethanol plant with a design capacity exceeding 100,000,000 gallons of ethanol per year.
Commercial animal establishment.
Communication tower.
Dry mill ethanol plant with a design capacity exceeding 100,000,000 gallons of ethanol per year and which is designed and constructed with the best available control technology to substantially eliminate offensive odors and to achieve not less than a 95% reduction of emissions of substances that are regulated by the United States environmental protection agency, or its successor agency.
Except as expressly permitted in subsection (A) of this section, manufacturing, processing and packing of food products, or components of food products, and the by-products thereof.
Except as otherwise set forth in subsection (A) of this section, permitted uses in the M-2 district.
Other uses similar in character to those specifically set forth as permitted or conditional uses in this chapter.
Parks and playgrounds
Recycling facility that is licensed by the state of Wisconsin if such license authorizes not more than 100 tons of recyclable materials to be processed through such facility in any single day.
Retail sales of products manufactured or assembled on the premises, and products incidental thereto.
Solid waste transfer facility that is licensed by the state of Wisconsin if such license authorizes not more than 100 tons of solid waste to be processed through such facility in any single day.
Solid waste transfer and recycling facility that is licensed by the state of Wisconsin if such license authorizes not more than a combined total 100 tons of solid waste and recyclable materials to be processed through such facility in any single day.

§ 5-11-6 Architectural control and appearance.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
(A) 
The side of a building facing the street on which the building faces shall constitute the "front" of the building.
(B) 
At least 25 percent of the front of all buildings shall be faced with brick masonry, stone or other material approved by the city plan commission.
(C) 
That portion of any building facing a street other than the street on which the building fronts shall be finished in an attractive manner in keeping with accepted standards used for industrial buildings, but need not be finished in a like manner as that portion of the building referred to as the front. Side and rear walls shall be completed in a manner complementary to the rest of the building.
(D) 
All exterior walls of all buildings shall be kept in good repair and appearance.
(E) 
Building masses and long, straight building fronts and sides (relative to the overall length of the building) that are visually accessible shall be broken up and made more variegated with staggerings and offsets, with landscaping or surface features or with accumulation of mass in the form of smaller, related units. This is a directive standard as to structures that are visually accessible to larger volumes of traffic and a recommendatory standard to structures within the center core of the district.
(F) 
Garbage or refuse shall be in containers and the containers shall be screened by walls, fences, berms or effective landscaping, or combinations thereof.
(G) 
All developments subject to design review shall plan and construct so that surface drainage positively drains from structures and so that the drainage plan for the district is complied with.
(H) 
Storage of materials, fuel, scrap, inoperative vehicles and similar objects in places that are readily visible from major public rights of way or parts of neighboring properties where a significant amount of viewing is expected shall be minimized and, where necessary, shall be reasonably screened. Where other portions of this code establish more stringent standards, such other portions shall govern.
(I) 
Exterior lighting, when used, shall be established, directed and maintained so as not to be cast directly on public rights of way or occupied structures or neighboring properties or be lighted in intensity or colors seriously disturbing to neighboring properties.
(J) 
The plan commission shall promulgate such additional guidelines as are considered necessary to develop the district in the spirit of the statement of intent set out in this chapter. All such guidelines shall be approved by the council before their application to the district.

§ 5-11-7 Landscaping.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
Where appropriate, each lot shall be graded, landscaped and planted with trees, shrubs, ground cover and appropriate natural landscaping materials.

§ 5-11-8 Off street parking and loading.

[7-21-1992; 9-2-2008; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Parking lot drives shall be of minimum 24 feet wide for two-way traffic and at least 12 feet wide for one-way traffic.
(B) 
At least one parking space is required on each property for every 1,000 square feet of building area or for every two employees per maximum working shift, whichever amount constitutes the greater number of stalls. Variances may be granted by the board of appeals for warehouse or other uses upon proof that such parking restrictions are not realistic.
(C) 
All off-street parking shall comply with the requirements of section 5-13-5 of this title.
(D) 
Front yard setback area shall be restricted, allowing only visitor and handicap parking, and shall be located no closer than 15 feet from the public right-of-way line.
(E) 
Vehicle parking on city streets is prohibited in an M-3 industrial park district.
(F) 
All walks, driveways, parking lots and loading areas shall be surfaced with asphaltic or Portland cement pavement extending to the public street pavement.
(G) 
Truck loading or unloading on city streets is prohibited within the M-3 industrial park district.

§ 5-11-9 Signs.

[7-21-1992; 12-15-2009; 2016 Code]
No signs, other than off-premises business signs, pylon business signs, monument business signs, wall business signs or informational signs, shall be allowed.
(A) 
Sign restrictions. Signs shall conform to the following:
(1) 
Maximum number. No lot shall contain more than three business signs or more than two freestanding business signs. There may be placed on a lot as many informational signs as are reasonably necessary for the safe and convenient use of the lot.
(2) 
Size and height restrictions. Signs shall conform to the following size and height restrictions:
A) 
Pylon business signs. No pylon business sign shall exceed 50 feet in height above grade at its highest point or exceed 300 square feet in area, exclusive of its support structure.
B) 
Monument business signs. No monument business sign shall exceed eight feet in height above grade at its highest point or exceed 300 square feet in area, exclusive of its support structure.
C) 
Wall business signs. No wall business sign shall exceed 300 square feet in area, or have any surface that protrudes beyond the top of the exterior surface to which it is attached or beyond the plane of any vertical exterior surface that intersects with the exterior surface to which it is attached.
D) 
Informational signs. No informational sign shall be larger than is reasonably necessary to convey the information contained on the sign.
(3) 
Front setback. No freestanding business sign shall be located less than 20 feet from the front lot line.
(4) 
Traffic visibility. No business sign or informational sign shall be erected so as to obstruct traffic visibility, be of such intensity or brilliance as to adversely impact the vision of the driver of any motor vehicle, or otherwise interfere with any driver's operation of a motor vehicle.
(B) 
Conditional use. A business sign or informational sign that includes an electronic display screen or is constructed so as to rotate, gyrate, blink or move in any animated fashion shall not be permitted, except as a conditional use.
(C) 
Design review. The type, location, size and placement of business signs shall require design review under this chapter. The initial design review shall be performed by the building inspector and the zoning administrator with final approval by the plan commission.

§ 5-11-10 Storage areas.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
(A) 
All material or products stored outside buildings must be behind the building setback lines from the front and side streets and must be screened from view from said streets. Screening shall form a complete opaque screen up to a point eight feet in vertical height but need not be opaque above that point.
(B) 
All fences or screening materials shall contain an exterior finish which is acceptable for good appearance.
(C) 
All storage tanks shall be painted in such a manner as to blend in with the general structure of the building with which the tank is associated.

§ 5-11-11 Maintenance.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Each lot owner shall keep his or her premises, buildings, improvements and appurtenances in a safe, clean, neat and sanitary condition and shall keep all grass, trees and shrubbery in good appearance. Each lot owner shall provide for the removal of trash and rubbish from his or her premises.
(B) 
During construction, it shall be the responsibility of each lot owner to insure that construction sites are kept free of unsightly accumulations of rubbish and scrap materials, and that construction materials, trailers, shacks and the like are kept in a neat and orderly manner.
(C) 
The lot owner and prime contractor shall control soil and water loss so as to prevent damage to other properties and structures.

§ 5-11-12 Drainage.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
No building lots shall be developed and no use shall be permitted that results in storm water runoff, flooding or erosion on said lot or adjacent properties except through approved ditches, retention or detention basins or storm sewers. Such runoff shall be properly channeled into ditches, watercourses, retention or detention basins, storm drains or other public facilities under the city's storm water management plan for the district. All such facilities shall be approved by the plan commission.

§ 5-11-13 Vibration.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
No industrial operation or activity under the direct control of the manufacturer shall cause at any time ground transmitted vibrations that exceed the limits set forth in this section. Vibration (the periodic displacement, measured in inches, of earth) shall be measured at any point along the exterior boundary of the subject lot with a three component measuring instrument approved by the city zoning administrator and shall be expressed as displacement in inches.
Frequency Cycles per Second
Maximum Permitted Displacement Along Industrial Park Boundaries
(in inches)
1 to 10
.0008
10 to 20
.0005
20 to 30
.0002
30 to 40
.0002
40 and over
.0001

§ 5-11-14 Smoke and particulate matter.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
(A) 
The emission of smoke or particulate matter in such manner or quality as to endanger or to be detrimental to the public health, safety, comfort or welfare is declared to be a public nuisance.
(B) 
For grading the density of the smoke, the Ringelmann chart, published and used by the United States bureau of mines, shall be used. The emission of smoke or particulate matter of a density greater than no. 2 on the Ringelmann chart is prohibited at all times except as otherwise provided in this subsection.
(C) 
The emission from all sources, within any lot, of particulate matter containing more than 10 percent by weight or particles having a particle diameter larger than 44 microns is prohibited.
(D) 
Dust and other types of air pollution, borne by the wind from such sources as storage areas, yards, roads and the like within lot boundaries shall be kept to a minimum by appropriate landscaping, paving, liquid asphalt, fencing or acceptable means. Emission of particulate matter from such sources, exceeding the weight limitations enforced by federal and state regulations is prohibited.

§ 5-11-15 Toxic substances.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
No use shall, for any period, discharge across the boundaries of the parcel where it is located, toxic matter in such concentrations as to be detrimental to, or endanger the public health, safety, comfort or welfare or cause injury or damage to property or business.

§ 5-11-16 Noxious and odorous substances.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
No activity or operation shall cause at any time, the discharge of substances across lot lines in such concentrations as to be noxious. The emission of odorous substances in such quantities as to be readily detectable without the use of instruments at any point along lot lines is prohibited.

§ 5-11-17 Unused land.

[7-21-1992; 2016 Code]
All unused land areas shall be maintained and kept free of unsightly plant growth, noxious weeds, stored material, rubbish, refuse and debris by the owner of that property.