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Chapter 19. Subdivision and Platting

Sec. 19-01. Purpose, jurisdiction and compliance.

(1) The purpose of the regulations in this chapter is to regulate and control the division of land within the corporate limits and extraterritorial plat approval jurisdiction of the city in order to promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the community. The regulations are designed to lessen congestion on the streets and highways; to further the orderly layout and use of land; to ensure proper legal description and proper monumenting of subdivided lands; to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land and avoid undue concentration of the population; to facilitate adequate provision for transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks, playgrounds and other public requirements. This chapter is formulated to facilitate enforcement of development standards as outlined in the building code, zoning code, the Comprehensive Plan and official map of the city and the implementation of guide plans approved by the city.

(2) The jurisdictional limits of this chapter shall be to all lands within the corporate limits of the city and all unincorporated areas within three miles of its corporate limits.  Less strict standards may apply in areas where the City does not have zoning authority as determined by the City Engineer.

(3) No person shall divide any land located within the jurisdictional limits of this chapter which results in a major subdivision, minor subdivision or replat as defined in this chapter, and no such major subdivision, minor subdivision or replat shall be entitled to be recorded without full compliance with all the requirements of this chapter and ch. 236 Wis. Stats.

(4) The provisions of this chapter for minor subdivisions shall not apply to:

  1. Transfer of interest in land by will or pursuant to court order.
  2. Leases for a term not to exceed ten (10) years, mortgages or easements.
  3. Sale or exchange of parcels of land between owners of adjoining properties if additional lots are not thereby created, and the lots resulting are not reduced below the minimum sizes required by this chapter or other applicable laws or ordinances, except that a lot line adjustment survey must be approved and recorded for such exchanges for the purpose of verifying that additional lots are not thereby created and the lots resulting there from are not reduced below the mimimum sizes required by law.

(Code 1982, 18.01; Ord. No. 1190, 2, 12-14-2010)