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A zoning ordinance (also called a zoning code) is the set of rules that a local or county government adopts to regulate the use of land, particularly when new development is proposed. Different land uses may include residential, commercial, industrial, or a mix of uses. Zoning Ordinances also include rules for certain qualities of new development such as site design, landscaping, and signage.
The City of Milton last comprehensively rewrote the Zoning Ordinance in 1968. As such, many of the development standards in the City’s current Ordinance do not reflect modern development and land use practices. The new Ordinance will develop new zoning districts and updated regulations for land uses, landscaping, bulk requirements, lighting, building materials, parking, signage, and nonconforming situations, among others.
The City of Milton Comprehensive Plan includes a Future Land Use Map. This map illustrates the City’s desires for how land will develop or change over time. Zoning is one (but not the only) tool that may be used to implement a plan. Different zoning districts may be mapped to realize the City’s land use desires in the Future Land Use Map. Changes to the Zoning Map must be consistent with the Future Land Use Map.
City staff will oversee the process with guidance provided by the Plan Commission, City Council, and public input. Vandewalle & Associates, the project consultants hired by the City, will be writing the new Ordinance, developing the new Zoning Map, and facilitating all public meetings.
The general project timeline is summarized below. The project is getting started in July 2023 and is expected to be completed by summer of 2024. Opportunities for public participation and the project tasks are listed below:
If you have questions or comments, you may contact Mark Langer, Public Works Director, by phone at (608) 868-6900 or by email at MLanger@milton-wi.gov.