ZONING PERMIT – MINOR GRADING
WHEN: Land altering activities or projects that do not exceed land disturbance greater than 3,000 sq. ft. in area and/or 15 cubic yards in aggregate within the Towns of Ottawa, Genesee, Oconomowoc or Vernon; or the areas within 1,000 feet of the ordinary high water mark of a navigable lake, pond or flowage; or 300 feet of the ordinary high water mark of any river or stream; or to the landward side of the floodplain, whichever is greater, in any unincorporated area in Waukesha County.
WHY: To prevent soil erosion, control shoreline alteration and restrict the removal of shoreline vegetation in compliance with Waukesha County Zoning Code and the Waukesha County Shoreland and Floodland Protection Ordinance – Appendix A and B of the Waukesha County Code, copies of which are available online and in the office of the Waukesha County Clerk.
WHO: The staff of the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Planning and Zoning Division reviews the Zoning Permit, and if approved, mails the issued permit to the property owner. See Staff Who Can Help.
HOW: Applicant must submit a complete application packet and fee.
A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET SHALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Application for Zoning Permit Minor Grading form.
- An accurate set of plans including a site plan, existing and proposed contours, area of disturbance, amount of material, cross sections, vegetative and seeding schedule, construction period and erosion control methods.
- See Department of Parks and Land Use – Planning and Zoning Division Fee Schedule
VARIANCE OR APPEAL
- An appeal of a decision of the staff of the Planning and Zoning Division must be made to the Waukesha County Board of Adjustment within twenty (20) days of the staff’s decision.
- An applicant can anticipate the zoning permit will be take approximately two (2) weeks upon submittal of a complete application packet and fee, and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approval, if required.
- A site inspection and evaluation by the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Land Resources Division may be required for questions on erosion control practices and/or impact on surface water drainage. A site drainage plan and Storm Water Permit may also be required. Contact the Planning and Zoning Division and they will contact the Land Resources Division for assistance. See Staff Who Can Help.
- Review and approval by the DNR may be required in a shoreland or wetland area.
- A Site Evaluation by the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Environmental Health Division may be required for questions relating to private sewage systems.
- An inspection of the site may be required.