Bill allowing Wisconsin towns in Dane County to opt out of county zoning passes in State Assembly

The Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday, 62-35, to approve a bill that would allow Dane County towns to opt out of county zoning. Under current law, cities and villages control zoning development, while most towns share authority with the county, which has veto power.

Members of the Dane County Towns Association pushed for the changes, arguing they will offer more local autonomy to grow tax bases. But county, city and village officials lobbied heavily against it, arguing it would fragment decision-making and could erode the current balance of farmland and development in the county.

As written, the bill would only apply to Dane County.

The full story from the Capital Times is here.

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