City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 5-3-1 Permitted and conditional uses.

[4-21-1992; 8-5-1997; 6-16-1998; 12-7-2004; 6-21-2011; 3-19-2013; 1-6-2015; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Permitted uses. The following uses are permitted in this district:
(1) 
One-family dwellings.
(2) 
Churches and convents.
(3) 
Charitable or philanthropic institutions.
(4) 
Public and parochial schools.
(5) 
Electric power substations and branch telephone substations, subject to the following restrictions:
A) 
No service garage or storage yard shall be located within the premises of substations.
B) 
The substation shall be appropriately landscaped and screened so as to be in harmony with the general appearance of the neighborhood.
(6) 
Family day-care home.
(7) 
Accessory buildings, subject to the following restrictions:
A) 
Such buildings shall not exceed 18 feet or one story in height.
B) 
Such buildings shall have a side yard of not less than two feet, and a rear yard of not less than six feet. Such buildings shall be located not less than 60 feet from the front lot line and not less than 10 feet behind the principal building.
C) 
Such buildings, when on a corner lot, shall be placed behind the front yard line applying to adjoining lots.
D) 
Notwithstanding the restrictions set forth in subsections A), B) and C) of this subsection (7), where a block has corner lots back to back with front yards on parallel streets, the setbacks of an accessory building shall be in line with the building lines of the principal building.
E) 
Notwithstanding the restrictions set forth in subsections A), B) and C) of this subsection (7), an accessory building not to exceed 15 feet in height may be built in any area of a lot if it is placed in such a manner as to comply with the minimum side yard, rear yard, and front yard requirements governing the construction of the principal building.
(8) 
Parks and playgrounds.
(9) 
Community living arrangements of eight or fewer persons authorized by section 62.23(7)(i)3 of the Wisconsin statutes.
(10) 
Home occupation.
(11) 
City structure.
(B) 
Conditional uses. The following uses are permitted as conditional uses in this district:
(1) 
An office of a teacher who provides tutorial services or lessons to students.
(2) 
Commercial art studios, including photographic studios, dancing, radio and television studios and the like.
(3) 
Florist shop.
(4) 
Jewelry store, optical store, watch repair shop.
(5) 
Photographer.
(6) 
Tailor shop.
(7) 
Insurance agency.
(8) 
Massage therapist.
(9) 
Bed and breakfast establishments.
(10) 
Cemeteries, historic sites, and museums.
(11) 
Community living arrangements of nine to 15 persons or 16 or more persons as authorized by sections 62.23(7)(i)4 and (i)5 of the Wisconsin statutes, respectively.
(12) 
Day-care parent cooperative-residential.
(13) 
Municipal buildings, except sewage treatment plants, incinerators, warehouses, garages, shops and storage yards.
(14) 
Sheltered facilities for battered women.
(15) 
Day-care center.
(16) 
Billboards.
(17) 
Clinic.
(C) 
Restrictions applicable to certain conditional uses: in addition to other restrictions which may be required by the plan commission, the conditional uses in subsections (B)(1) through (B)9 of this section shall meet the following requirements:
(1) 
Not more than one-half of the floor area of any one floor dwelling may be devoted to such accessory use, and not more than one person who is not a resident on the premises may be employed in that accessory use.
(2) 
No structural alterations or construction features not customary in dwellings shall be permitted for the accessory use.
(3) 
The entrance to an office or studio shall be from within the dwelling.
(4) 
One unlighted sign no greater than 12 square feet in area shall be permitted outside of the dwelling. The location and configuration of any such sign shall be approved by the plan commission.

§ 5-3-2 Height regulations.

[10-21-1986; 2016 Code]
In the R-1 single-family residence district, no buildings shall be erected or structurally altered to exceed 40 feet or three stories in height except churches, hospitals, public and parochial schools.
(A) 
Churches, hospitals, public and parochial schools may be erected to a height not exceeding 75 feet but the side yard required shall be increased one foot for each one foot the building exceeds 40 feet in height.
(B) 
Chimneys, cooling towers, elevator bulkheads, scenery lofts, monuments, domes, spires, parapet walls, and similar structures or necessary mechanical appurtenances shall not be considered in determining the height of the structure under this section. The height of a building may be measured from the mean elevation of the finished grade along the front of the building. Buildings constructed on through lots may be measured considering either end facing a street as the front of the building.

§ 5-3-3 Area regulations.

[10-21-1986; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Front yards. On every lot in the R-1 single-family residence district there shall be a front yard having a depth of not less than 25 feet; provided, however, as follows:
(1) 
Where lots comprising 40 percent or more of the frontage on one side of a block are developed with buildings having an average front yard depth of more than 25 feet but less than 31 feet, no building may be erected or structurally altered to project beyond the average front yard line so established on that block. Under no circumstances shall this regulation be interpreted so as to require a front yard depth of more than 40 feet.
(2) 
No front yard depth need exceed the greater provided for the two adjoining buildings, one on either side of the subject lot, if the two adjoining buildings are less than 100 feet apart.
(B) 
Side yards.
(1) 
On every lot in a residence district there shall be two side yards, one on each side of the principal building. Neither of the side yards shall be less than six feet in width, and the total of the two side yards shall not be less than 14 feet. Under no circumstances shall there be less than 14 feet between principal buildings on adjoining lots. Buildings exceeding 2 1/2 stories in height shall have two side yards each of which is at least 10 feet in width.
(2) 
The side yard regulations in this subsection shall apply to all lots including corner lots, except that a reversed corner lot which faces an intersecting street shall have a side yard on the street side of the reversed corner lot having a depth of not less than 50 percent of the front yard depth required on the lot in the rear of the reversed corner lot. No accessory building on a reversed corner lot shall project beyond the front building line of the lots in the rear of the reversed corner lot; provided, however, that this regulation for a reversed corner lot shall not have the effect of reducing the buildable width for the main building to less than 26 feet, or for an accessory building to less than 20 feet.
(C) 
Rear yards. On every lot in R-1 single-family residence district there shall be a rear yard having a depth of not less than 20 percent of the depth of the lot, provided such rear yard need not exceed 30 feet in depth and shall not in any case be less than 15 feet in depth.
(D) 
Lot area. Every lot in R-1 single-family residence district shall have an area of not less than 7,200 square feet. Lots of record as of April 20, 1976, shall have a lot area of not less than 5,000 square feet.

§ 5-3-4 Parking requirements.

[10-21-1986; 2016 Code]
Adequate off street parking is required for all uses in R-1 single-family residence district, as more fully set forth in chapter 11 of this title.

§ 5-3-5 Fences.

[3-2-2004; 10-5-2004; 2016 Code]
Fences may be located on lots in R-1 single-family residence district, subject to the following:
(A) 
No fence shall be located closer than two feet to any public right-of-way.
(B) 
No fence located on a rear yard or on a lot line abutting a rear yard shall exceed six feet in height, except pursuant to a conditional use permit.
(C) 
No fence located on any part of a lot other than a rear yard or upon any lot line, or part, thereof that does not abut a rear yard shall exceed four feet in height.
(D) 
All fences shall be constructed, maintained and kept in a state of good repair.
(E) 
The side of a fence facing away from the lot upon, or for the benefit of which, the fence is placed shall be constructed and finished in a way that presents a reasonably attractive view from adjoining properties or public ways.
(F) 
No fence shall be constructed or decorated in a way that presents a safety hazard for persons on adjoining properties or persons traveling on any sidewalk or other public way.