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Chapter 19. Subdivision and Platting

Sec. 19-03. General provisions.

(1) Subdivisions. General provisions for subdivisions shall be as follows:

  1. A major subdivision shall be accomplished by means of a plat in accordance with ch. 236 Wis. Stats. and this chapter.
  2. A minor subdivision shall be accomplished by means of a certified survey map in accordance with ch. 236 Wis. Stats. and this chapter.
  3. For both major and minor subdivisions, lot sizes shall conform to the area and width requirements of the City Zoning Code within the corporate limits of the City or to any ordinance of the town or county in the extraterritorial plat approval jurisdiction. 
  4. All major and minor subdivisions within the corporate limits or within the extraterritorial plat approval jurisdiction of the city, as defined in section 19-02, created under the procedures under subsections 19-61 (2) and (3), must be filed for approval of the City Plan Commission in accordance with procedures established in this chapter unless approved under the provisions of subsection 19-61 (4).

(2) Replat. Where it is proposed to replat a recorded subdivision, or part thereof, so as to change the boundaries, the subdivider shall vacate or alter the recorded plat as provided in ch. 236 Wis. Stats. The subdivider shall then follow the same procedure for the replat as for an original plat as required by this chapter.

(3) Land suitability. Where a proposed subdivision contains land deemed by the City Plan Commission to be unsuitable for development because of poor drainage, flood conditions, soil conditions, subsurface conditions, topography or any other feature, approval shall be withheld. Conditional approval of the preliminary plat shall be granted if the subdivider shall, at his own expense, prepare and submit to the commission engineering plans designed to correct the adverse condition and carry out the plans or provide a performance bond to ensure that the plans will be completed prior to approval of the final plat.

(4) Requirements. The proposed subdivision shall conform to:

  1. The provisions of ch. 236 Wis. Stats.
  2. All applicable ordinances of the city, town or county in which it is located.
  3. The Comprehensive Plan and official map or any portion thereof.
  4. The rules of the Department of Health Services relating to lot size and lot elevation if the subdivision is not served by a public sewer and provision for such service has not been made.
  5. The rules of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, relating to safety of access and the preservation of the public interest and investment in the streets if the subdivision or any lot contained therein abuts on a state trunk highway or connecting street.  State highways that are all numbered highways including interstate, state and federal highways must follow Trans 233.
  6. A map or plat of such division shall be recorded with the county Register of Deeds.  The final plat may be recorded in whole or in separate parts at different times.
  7. Plats must be recorded within twelve (12) months after the last approval and within thirty-six (36) months after the first approval.

(5) Required dedications.  Wherever a subdivision embraces any part of a street or greenway designated in the official map, such part of such proposed street or greenway shall be included in the subdivision or map in the location and at the width indicated. Such streets or greenways shall be dedicated to the city. All other streets not designated in the official map shall be platted in accordance with section 19-64 of this chapter, design standards, and the full width indicated on the plat shall be dedicated to the city when within the corporate limits or to the proper governmental unit when outside of the corporate limits.  Wis Stat. § 236.13(2)(b).

(6) Withholding of approval. The plan commission shall withhold approval of a subdivision within the corporate limits of the city if sanitary sewer facilities are not available and are not anticipated to be available within one year unless the subdivider provides holding tank agreements satisfactory to the board of public works.

(7) Lot Line Adjustment Survey.  A Lot Line Adjustment Survey prepared by a registered land surveyor shall be required to accomplish the alteration of existing lots which does not result in the creation of additional lots, from what was originally platted or mapped.  The petitioner shall follow the procedures for lot line adjustment surveys as outlined in this chapter.   

(8) Extraterritorial Plat Approval Jurisdiction. Jurisdiction of these regulations shall include all lands within the corporate limits of the City as well as the unincorporated area within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Marshfield.  The City of Marshfield has elected to approve plats under its extraterritorial plat approval jurisdiction as provided in chs. 236 and 66.32 of Wis. Stats. The Extraterritorial Plat Approval Jurisdiction area includes the following areas and regulations:

(a) Intergovernmental agreement areas. Areas in which the City of Marshfield has developed a cooperative agreement that relates to land use activities including annexations, boundary agreements, subdivisions, and zoning, with an adjacent municipality.

(b) 3 Mile Extra-Territorial Review Area. Areas in which the City of Marshfield has the authority by statute to review plats.  Areas within the three mile review area and beyond sewer service areas, intergovernmental agreement areas, or the one mile area are generally low density.  Uses that would require sanitary sewer and water service extensions are not permitted.

(c) 1 Mile Priority Plat Review Area.  All areas within one mile of the City boundary, not including lands under an intergovernmental agreement.  Scattered rural development patterns are not encouraged in this area.  Sanitary sewer and water services cannot be provided until the area is annexed.

(9) The City may not review a plat or CSM within the extraterritorial plat approval jurisdiction, based upon the lands proposed use, unless approval/denial is based upon a plan or regulation adopted under s. 62.23 (7a)(c) Wis. Stats.

(Code 1982, 18.03(1); Ord. No. 1190, 2, 12-14-2010)