- January 10, 2017
- 6:00 pm
- Manitowish Waters Community Center
MANITOWISH WATERS PLANNING COMMISSION
Subject of the Hearing:
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS to ARTICLE 5.10 FOREST MANAGEMENT AND TREE REMOVAL and CONDITIONAL USES in several Zoning Districts
Hearing Date: January 10, 2017
Following the Workshop beginning at 6:00 P.M.
MANITOWISH WATERS COMMUNITY CENTER
Class 2 Notice required by Wis. Stats. 62.23(7) (d) is hereby given by the Manitowish Waters Planning Commission that there will be a Public Hearing immediately following the Workshop beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on January 10, 2017.
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive public input upon revisions to Manitowish Waters General Zoning Ordinance 2007-1. The proposed changes are:
4.1 Single Family Residential District 1 add:
(C.) 7. Forest Management
4.2 Multiple Family Residential District 2 add:
(C.) 7. Forest Management
4.3 General Business District 3 add:
(B.) 2. e. Forest Management
(C.) 2. k. Forest Management
4.4 Community Business District 4 add:
(C.) 4. Forest Management
4.5 Recreational District 5 add:
(C.) 8. Forest Management
4.6 Light Manufacturing District 6 revisions and additions:
(C.) 1. Airports and Landing Fields
- Forest Management
5.10(A.) Definitions add:
- Clear Cutting: The cutting down or removal of all, or nearly all, trees
on one parcel or a defined area of a parcel.
- Forest Management: The removal of trees and shrubbery for purposes of
improving forest esthetics, wildlife habitat, timber stand improvement,
enhancing water quality or recreational opportunities, and/or fire prevention.
May include practices such as timber harvesting, planting and replanting of
native species, and cutting roads or pathways through the forest. All Forest
Management practices shall be established by a qualified Forester.
- Timber Stand Improvement: The Forest Management practice of targeting
for removal dead, diseased, dying, and/or poor quality timber to allow the
remaining trees to fully use the growing space.
5.10(B.) Permitting Requirements revised:
- General. All tree removal and logging requires a Zoning Permit from
the Town Zoning Administrator.
- In areas zoned Forestry or Agriculture, before any tree removal or
logging, the landowner shall submit a plan communicating the location
of the proposed removal or logging to the zoning office. This plan
shall include the legal description to the nearest ¼ – ¼ Section and
approximate start and finish dates of the logging or removal operation.
- In areas zoned other than Forestry or Agriculture, logging is prohibited. Tree
removal is allowed as per the provisions of 5.10(C), and also for purposes of
Forest Management as a Conditional Use.
- Public Exceptions. A Zoning Permit is not required when
logging is performed on public lands (State, Federal, County,
and Town); however, there shall be no tree removal or logging
in a 30 foot buffer area extending out from the road right-of-way.
Public utilities are exempt from permitting requirements when tree
cutting within their easement areas.
- Managed Lands through Forest Law Programs(s). Although, a
permit is not required, the landowner shall be responsible for
adhering to all Town of Manitowish Waters Ordinances. A plan
must be submitted by the landowner communicating the location
of the proposed logging to the zoning office prior to the start of
any harvesting. This plan shall include the legal description to
the nearest 1/4-1/4, Section and approximate start and finish
dates of the harvesting operation.
- The provisions of this Article shall not apply to removal of dead,
diseased or dying trees or shrubbery at the discretion of the landowner.
5.10(C.) Tree Removal Limitations revised:
- General. Tree removal limitations are provided to protect shore land areas as well as to
preserve the scenic beauty of Manitowish Waters, and as long as the permitting requirements
under Section 5.10 B are met.
- Select cutting is the minimum standard for tree removal. Tree and vegetation removal exceeding the select cutting standard is considered clear cutting.
- Prohibition of clear cutting. Clear cutting shall be prohibited
other than for the following areas and purposes:
(i) Building Footprint plus 30 feet. For the placement and
maintenance of a building with a basement, crawl space, or
slab, using the exact dimensions of the exterior walls plus
thirty feet (30’) from each exterior wall.
(ii) Septic System. For the installation of a private septic
(iii) Road. Twenty foot (20’) wide roadway from a public road
or easement to the principal structure, providing such
roadway does not encroach on any setback.
(iv) To allow for the creation of a new (non-existing) commercial
parking lot but only in Districts 3, 4, 5, and 6, and then only
as allowed in each such District.
(v) Clear cutting is allowed in areas zoned Forestry and
Agriculture, but only if a plan is submitted by the landowner,
as required under Section 5.10 B.2.
- Shorelands. In addition to the above prohibition on clear
cutting, shorelands are subject to a County Shoreland Alteration
Permit for any cutting exceeding the Vilas County Shoreland Zoning
Written comments will be accepted until January 10, 2017 to just prior to the public hearing. You may email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have special needs or require special accommodations, please call the MW Zoning Dept. at (715)543-2855.
This Public Notice is dated this 16th day of December, 2016.
Manitowish Waters Planning Commission
By: Vincent Hoehn, Secretary