This package of bills, introduced by state Sen. Tom Tiffany and state Rep. Adam Jarchow, would protect property rights for Wisconsin citizens as well as rein in the regulatory requirements that property owners deal with. In particular, this legislation would make it easier for landowners to sell or develop pieces of land considered “substandard lots” because they no longer meet zoning requirements. The bills would grandfather these lots in, and they would also make it easier for landowners to get approval to use land for things it isn’t zoned for.
Tiffany and Jarchow have said they hope these bills will eliminate some of the uncertainty that property owners wrestle with because of permitting struggles, as well as make property ownership more affordable.
These bills are partially in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Murr family, who own a cottage on Lake St. Croix. One of the lots owned by the Murrs is now considered “substandard,” so they can’t sell or develop it, nor receive compensation for it.
At this writing, the legislation has not been called for public hearing.