Sec. 2-4-5 City Plan Commission.
(a) Composition. The Plan Commission shall consist of the Mayor, who shall be the presiding officer, one
(1) Alderperson and five (5) citizens.
(1) Election Appointment of Alderperson Members. At its annual meeting in April of each year the Common Council shall, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of its members, elect one (1) of its number as a member of the City Plan Commission for a period of one (1) year from and after the first day of May next ensuing.
(2) Appointment and Terms of Citizen Members. The five (5) citizen members shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to Council confirmation, on the third Tuesday of April in each year to hold office for a staggered term of three (3) years commencing with the third Tuesday of April. No more than two (2) such citizens' terms shall expire in any one (1) year.
(c) Organization of Commission. The Mayor shall serve as presiding officer. The Plan Commission shall organize by the election of a vice-chairman, secretary and such other officers as may in their judgment be necessary.
(d) Record. The Plan Commission shall keep a written record of its proceedings to include all actions taken, a
copy of which shall be filed with the City Clerk-Treasurer. Four (4) members shall constitute a quorum
but all actions shall require the affirmative approval of a majority of all of the members of the
(1) The Master Plan.
a. The Plan Commission may make, adopt and, as necessary, amend, extend of add to the master plan, subject to Common Council confirmation, for the physical development of the City including areas outside of its boundaries which, in the Plan Commission's judgment, bear relation to the development of the City. the master plan, with the accompanying maps, plats and descriptive and explanatory matter, shall show the Commission's recommendations for such physical development, and may include, among other things without limitation because of enumeration, the general location, character and extent of streets, highways, freeways, street grades, roadways, walks, parking areas,
public places and areas, parks, parkways, playgrounds, sites for public buildings and structures, and
the general location and extent of sewers, water conduits and other public utilities whether privately
or publicly owned, the acceptance, widening, narrowing, extension, relocation, removal, vacation,
abandonment or change of use of any of the foregoing public ways, grounds, places, spaces,
buildings, properties, utilities, routes or terminals, the general location, character and extent of
community centers and neighborhood units, and a comprehensive zoning plan.
b. The Commission may adopt the master plan as a whole by a single resolution, or, as the work of
making the whole master plan progresses, may from time to time by resolution adopt a part or parts
thereof, any such part to correspond generally with one or more of the functional subdivisions of the
subject matter of the plan. The adoption of the plan or any part, amendment or addition, shall be by
resolution carried by the affirmative votes of not less than a majority of all the members of the Plan
Commission, subject to confirmation by the Common Council. The resolution shall refer expressly to
the maps, descriptive matter, and other matters intended by the Commission to form the whole or any
part of the plan, and the action taken shall be recorded on the adopted plan or part thereof by the
identifying signature of the secretary of the Commission, and a copy of the plan or part thereof shall
be certified to the Common Council. The purpose and effect of the adoption and certifying of the
master plan or part thereof shall be solely to aid the Plan Commission and the Common Council in
the performance of their duties.
Boards, Commissions and Committees 2-4-5(2) Mandatory Referrals to Commission. The Common Council or officer of the City by having final authority
thereon shall refer to the Plan Commission, for its consideration and report before final action is
taken by the Council, public body or officer, the following matters: the location of any statue or
other memorial; the location, acceptance, extension, alteration, vacation, abandonment, change
of use, sale, acquisition of land for or lease of land for any street, alley or other public ways,
park, playground, airport, area for parking vehicles, or other memorial or public grounds; the
location, extension, abandonment or authorization for any public utility whether publicly or
privately owned; all plats of lands in the City or within the territory over which the City is given
platting jurisdiction by Chapter 236, Wis. Stats.; the location, character and extent or
acquisition, leasing or sale of lands for public or semi-public housing, slum clearance, relief of
congestion, or vacation camps for children; and the amendment or repeal of any land use
ordinance. Unless such report from the Commission is made within thirty (30) days, or such
longer period as may be stipulated by the Common Council, the Council or other public body or
officer may take final action without it.
(3) Miscellaneous Powers. The Commission may make reports and recommendations relating to the plan and
development of the City to public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational,
professional and other organizations and citizens. It may recommend to the Common Council programs
for public improvements. All public officials shall, upon request, furnish to the Commission, within a
reasonable time, such available information as it may require for its work. The Commission, its members
and employees, in the performance of its functions, may enter upon any land, make examinations and
surveys, and place and maintain necessary monuments and markers thereon. In general, the Commission
shall have such powers as may be necessary to enable it to perform its functions and promote municipal
planning in cooperation with the Common Council.
(f) Vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment for the remainder of the unexpired
term in the same manner as appointment for the full term.
(g) Compensation. Compensation shall be as established by the Common Council. Citizen
members shall take the official oath as required by Sec. 19.01, Wis. Stats., said oath to be
filed with the City Clerk-Treasurer.
Sec. 2-4-4 Board of Appeals.
(a) Establishment. A Zoning Board of Appeals shall be appointed as specified in Sec. 62.23(7)(e) of the
Wisconsin Statutes. The Zoning Board of Appeals shall consist of five (5) members, and two (2) alternate
members, appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Common Council for a term of three (3)
years. The members shall be compensated as determined by the Council and shall be removable by the
Common Council for cause upon written charges and upon public hearing. The Mayor shall designate one
of the members chairman.
(b) Powers. The Zoning Board of Appeals shall have the following powers:
(1) To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision,
or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the City's zoning or
building code ordinances.
(2) To hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of City zoning and floodplain zoning or building
code regulations upon which the Board of Appeals is required to pass.
(3) To authorize, upon appeal in specific cases, such variance from the terms of the City's zoning or
building code regulations as will not be contrary to the public interest, where owing to special
conditions, a literal enforcement will result in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, so that
the spirit of the zoning code shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured and substantial
justice done; provided, however, that no such action shall have the effect of establishing in any
district a use or uses not permitted in such district.
(4) To permit the erection and use of a building or premises in any location subject to appropriate
conditions and safeguards in harmony with the general purposes of the zoning code, for such
purposes which are reasonably necessary for public convenience and welfare.
(5) The Zoning Board of Appeals may reverse or affirm wholly or in part or may modify any order,
requirement, decision or determination as in its opinion ought to be made regarding the premises.
The concurring vote of four (4) members of the Zoning Board of Appeals shall be necessary to
reverse any order, requirement, decision or determination appealed from or to decide in favor of the
applicant on any matter on which it is required to pass, or to effect any variation in the requirements
of the City's zoning ordinances. The grounds of every such determination shall be stated and
recorded. No order of the Zoning Board of Appeals granting a variance shall be valid for a period
longer than six (6) months from the date of such order unless a zoning permit is obtained within
such period and the erection or alteration of a building is started or the use is commenced within
(c) Meetings and Rules. All meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals shall be held at the call of the
chairman and at such other times as the Board may determine. All hearings conducted by the said Board
shall be open to the public. The Zoning Board of Appeals shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing
the vote of each member upon each question, or, if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and
shall keep records of its examination and other official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the
office of the City Clerk-Treasurer and shall be a public record. The Board shall adopt its own rules of
procedure not in conflict with this Section or with applicable Wisconsin Statutes.
(d) Offices. The Common Council shall provide suitable meeting space for holding the Zoning Board of
(e) Appropriations. The Common Council shall appropriate funds to carry out the duties of the Zoning
Board of Appeals and the Board shall have the authority to expend, under regular procedures, all sums
appropriated to it for the purpose and activities authorized herein.
State Law Reference: Sec. 62.23(7), Wis. Stats.