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Minimum statewide standards exist for development of waterfront properties. "Shoreland zoning attempts to protect our water resources by regulating the activities on land adjacent to our waterways.
Eagle River Wisconsin area wet boathouse owners benefit from new Wisconsin legislation that removes restrictions on repair and maintenance that had forced many boathouses into distressed physical condition. We're delighted to see the rights of the property owner upheld by the new law and look forward to seeing the awesome boathouses on the Eagle River Chain and many area lakes across the northwoods for years to come! Wet Boathouse insert from New Pier Grandfathering Legislation article published May 2, 2012 http://www.wra.org/WREM/May12/PierLegislation/: From the Wisconsin Realtor's Association: Nonconforming Wet Boathouses In addition to modifying the pier regulations, the new law (WI ACT 167) eliminates the restrictions placed on the ability of riparian owners to maintain and repair wet boathouses, which are located below the ordinary high water mark.
The Township of Cloverland is located between St Germain and Eagle River extend north of County Highway G and just south of State Highway 70 as it runs along the Wisconsin River.
Senate Bill 472 passed both houses and was enacted April 2, 2012, and published April 16, 2012. The resulting legislation, Wisconsin ACT 170, provides significant protections for real estate owners in Vilas County and across Northern Wisconsin. The new law addresses certain shoreland zoning standards and ordinances thta regulate the repair and expansion of nonconforming structures. Among other protections, the law prohibits rules that call for the removal of a non-conforming building, premises, structure or fixture by an amortization ordinance. (amortization ordinances call for a nonconforming structure to exist, but only for a period of time). "An ordinance enacted under this section may not prohibit, or limit based on cost, the repair, maintenance, renovation, or remodeling of a nonconforming structure." There are a number of other limits that are placed on local governments and shoreland zoning to protect property owners. We urge you to click and read the law which is 2.5 pages long here: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/acts/170.pdf
The state's new Act 167 protects private property owners and makes most existing piers legal.