This chapter shall be known, cited and referred to as the "Village of Maple Bluff Zoning Ordinance" except as referred to herein, where it shall be known as "this chapter." This chapter includes Village zoning regulations, land division regulations and building and site planning regulations.
This chapter, being Chapter 225 of the Municipal Code, is enacted pursuant to the authority granted by the State of Wisconsin Statutes. Specific statutory references are provided within the body of this chapter solely as a means of assisting the reader. Such references are not to be considered as all inclusive and shall in no manner be construed so as to limit the application or interpretation of this chapter.
In enacting this chapter, special attention has been given to ensuring a direct relationship of these regulations to the Village of Maple Bluff Comprehensive Plan. The general intent of this chapter is to implement certain goals and objectives of the Village Comprehensive Plan which are best addressed through zoning approaches, as enabled by State of Wisconsin Statutes.
The overall purpose of this chapter is to implement the Village of Maple Bluff Comprehensive Plan to the extent possible under zoning, as authorized by State of Wisconsin Statutes.
This chapter is designed to promote health and the general welfare; to provide adequate light and air, including access to sunlight for solar collectors and to wind for wind energy systems; to encourage the protection of groundwater resources; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements; to lessen congestion in the streets; and to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers.
Specifically, this chapter is adopted for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety, morals, comfort, convenience and general welfare by implementing certain goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. Additional purposes of this chapter are specified throughout this chapter.
In developing the specific regulations of this chapter, much effort has gone into balancing the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. The current status of this chapter and its components represents the cohesive result of a community planning process. Amendments to these provisions shall seriously consider the effect of such changes on the interrelationships which exist within this chapter and between this document, the Comprehensive Plan, and related long-range planning policies and programs.
It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Village Board that the several provisions of this chapter are separable in accordance with the following:
If any court of competent jurisdiction shall adjudge any provision of this chapter to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect any other provisions of this chapter not specifically included in said judgment.
If any court of competent jurisdiction shall adjudge invalid the application of any portion of this chapter to a particular property, water, building or other structure, such judgment shall not affect the application of said provision to any other property, building, or structure not specifically included in said judgment.
If any requirement or limitation which is attached to an authorization given under this chapter is found invalid, it shall be presumed that the authorization would not have been granted without the requirement or limitation.
The Village does not guarantee, warrant or represent that only those areas designated as floodlands will be subject to periodic inundation and hereby asserts that there is no liability on the part of the Village Board, its agencies, or employees for any flood damages, sanitation problems, or structural damages that may result from reliance on this chapter.
It is not intended that this chapter abrogate or interfere with any constitutionally protected vested right. It is also not intended that this chapter abrogate, repeal, annul, impair or interfere with any existing easements, covenants, deed restrictions, agreements, rules, regulations or permits previously adopted or issued pursuant to law.
In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety, morals and welfare and shall be liberally construed in favor of the Village and shall not be construed to be a limitation or repeal of any other power now possessed by the Village of Maple Bluff.
Where property is affected by the regulations imposed by any provision of this chapter and by other governmental regulations, the regulations which are more restrictive or which impose higher standards or requirements shall prevail. Regardless of any other provision of this chapter, no land shall be developed or used and no structure erected or maintained in violation of any state or federal regulations.
No structure shall be constructed, erected, modified, converted, enlarged, reconstructed, altered, placed or maintained and no land shall be used, modified or maintained for any purpose nor in any manner which is not in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
Except as provided in this chapter under provisions for nonconforming uses, no building, structure, development or premises shall be hereinafter used or occupied and no applicable permit granted that does not conform to the requirements of this chapter.
Editor's Note: See Art. X, Nonconforming Uses, Lots and Structures.
In cases of mixed occupancy or mixed use, the regulations for each land use shall apply to the portion of the structure or land so used.
Except for outlots authorized under the Village's land division regulations to contain permanently protected green space area, no yard or other open space shall be considered as providing a yard or open space for a building or structure on any other lot.
Editor's Note: See Art. XVI, Land Division Regulations.
The Village reserves the right to require professional review of any project that would be affected by this chapter. Professional review shall be requested at the discretion of the Village Administrator, Building Board, Board of Appeals, Plan Commission or Village Board.
This chapter is applicable to all territory located within the corporate limits of the Village of Maple Bluff.
The adoption of this chapter shall not adversely affect the Village's right to prosecute any violation of the predecessor Zoning Code, provided that the violation occurred while that code was in effect.
Where this chapter imposes a greater restriction upon the use of buildings or premises or upon the height of buildings or requires larger open spaces than are imposed or required by other ordinances, rules, regulations, permits, easements, covenants or agreements, the provisions of this chapter shall govern.