Property descriptions and land features are very different than those in villages and cities. Most of the land is described using rudimentary descriptions. The land may contain various features that can make development unsuitable or even prohibited. Rural landowners are responsible for obtaining approvals for such things as wells, septic systems, drive access to public roads, storm water management, and compliance with floodplain, wetland, and shoreland regulations along with acquiring appropriate zoning.
If you are looking at purchasing or developing property, a person should be prepared to address the features found on the land, as well as, the necessary approvals from different agencies. Many times a new lot must be created and proper zoning assigned to allow for the specific development. Below is a guide to assist you with navigating the zoning process and creating a lot with a certified survey map.
Educate yourself by contacting the Dane County Zoning Division at (608)266-4266 to obtain information on the property. ???Ask questions about the property????
Look at the neighboring properties using DCiMap.
Professional services MAY be needed to develop your property.
The process to change the zoning of a property takes approximately 4 months. An additional month should be expected if new lots are being created. Both the Town and County will be involved in the rezone approval process. See flow chart.
In order to create a certified survey map, a person must hire a licensed land surveyor. The map will need to be reviewed by various agencies prior to recording. The process may take 45 days to 90 days to complete. (see attached flow chart)
NOTE: At the end of the process, approval signatures will be need to be obtained from the landowner, mortgage holder, town clerk, county land division officer, and possibly a neighboring city or village. Please contact the individuals to see how signatures are obtained. Usually this is coordinated through your surveyor.
NOTE: If you would like a copy of the recorded document, there is an additional fee of $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. A self-addressed envelope will also be needed.
Petitions to rezone lands into a commercial district require additional application materials. Please use the attached checklist to verify your commercial rezoning application is complete.