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Local Governments and School Districts Blog

Shoreland Zoning Limited

Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Posted on August 11, 2015
Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

As many of you may know, on July 12, 2015, Governor Walker signed the Budget Bill (Act 55) into law.  While there were many notable changes that have received a great deal of attention, one particular change has passed unnoticed. 

Prior to the passage of the Budget Bill, municipalities had the ability to regulate shorelands more aggressively by setting higher zoning standards than those imposed by the State.  However, in the heat of finalizing a budget, a provision was slipped into the Budget Bill that amends NR 115 by prohibiting municipalities from imposing a more restrictive shoreland zoning standard than the State standard. 

With the Budget Bill now signed into law, this requirement has become final and municipalities need to be mindful when establishing shoreland zoning standards.  Because a municipality is prohibited from promulgating a shoreland zoning standard that is either more or less restrictive than the State’s standard, municipalities need to adopt standards identical to the state without any variances. 

For more information or guidance in complying with Act 55, feel free to contact any of the attorneys within the Local Government Focus Team of Ruder Ware.