Zoning Code

Chapter 98: Zoning Ordinance

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Table of Contents

Article 0: Introduction and Definitions (PDF)

  • Section 98-001 Title
  • Section 98-002 Authority
  • Section 98-003 Legislative Intent
  • Section 98-004 Rationale and the Appearance of Ordinance Text
  • Section 98-005 Purpose
  • Section 98-006 Separability and Non-Liability
  • Section 98-007 Abrogation
  • Section 98-008 Application
  • Section 98-009 Jurisdiction
  • Section 98-010 Re enactment and Repeal
  • Section 98-011 Effective Date
  • Section 98-031 Introduction to Word Usage, Abbreviations and Definitions
  • Section 98-032 Word Usage
  • Section 98-033 Abbreviations
  • Section 98-034: Definitions

Article I: Establishment of Zoning Districts (PDF)

  • Section 98-101 Purpose
  • Section 98-102 Standard Zoning Districts and Standard Zoning District Categories
  • Section 98-103 Map of Standard Zoning Districts
  • Section 98-104 Interpretation of Zoning District Boundaries
  • Section 98-105 Purpose and Intent of Standard Zoning Districts
  • Section 98-106 Natural Resource Protection Overlay Zoning Districts
  • Section 98-107 Map of Natural Resource Protection Overlay Districts
  • Section 98-108 Downtown Design Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-109 Historic Neighborhood Design Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-110 Entry Corridor Design Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-111 Community Gateway Design Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-112 Reserved
  • Section 98-113 Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-114 Park Overlay Zoning District

Article II: Land Use Regulations (PDF)

  • Section 98-201 Purpose
  • Section 98-202 Interpretation of Land Use Tables
  • Section 98-203 Tables of Land Uses
  • Section 98-204 Table of Land Uses Permitted in Permanently Protected Green Space Areas
  • Section 98-205 Regulations Applicable to All Land Uses
  • Section 98-206 Detailed Land Use Descriptions and Regulations
  • Section 98-207 Nonconforming Use Regulations
  • Section 98-208 Group Developments

Article III: Density and Intensity Regulations (PDF)

  • Section 98-301 Purpose
  • Section 98-302 How to Use this Article
  • Section 98-303 Required Natural Resources Site Evaluation
  • Section 98-304 Residential Density Standards
  • Section 98-305 Nonresidential Density Standards
  • Section 98-306 Detailed Instructions for Density and Intensity Regulations
  • Section 98-307 Nonconforming Development Regulations

Article IV: Bulk Regulations (PDF)

  • Section 98-401 Purpose
  • Section 98-402: Residential Bulk Standards
  • Section 98-403 Nonresidential Bulk Standards
  • Section 98-404 Yard Setback Adjustments
  • Section 98-405 Intrusions into Required Yards
  • Section 98-406 Exceptions to Maximum Height Regulations
  • Section 98-407 Substandard Lot Regulations
  • Section 98-408 Nonconforming Structure and Building Regulations
  • Section 98-409 Lakeshore Lots

Article V: Natural Resource Protection Regulations (PDF)

  • Section 98-501 Purpose
  • Section 98-502 How to Use this Article
  • Section 98-503 Floodway, Floodfringe, and Floodplain Overlay Zoning Districts
  • Section 98-504 Shoreland-Wetland Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-505 Lakeshore Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-506 Drainageway Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-507 Woodland Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-508 Steep Slope Overlay Zoning District

Article VI: Landscaping and Bufferyard Regulations (PDF)

  • Section 98-601 Purpose
  • Section 98-602 How to Use this Article
  • Section 98-603 Landscaping Points, Landscaping Measurements and Sample Landscaping Layouts
  • Section 98-604 Landscaping Requirements for Building Foundations
  • Section 98-605 Landscaping Requirements for Developed Lots
  • Section 98-606 Landscaping Requirements for Street Frontages
  • Section 98-607 Landscaping Requirements for Paved Areas
  • Section 98-608 Landscaping Requirements for Other Permanently Protected Green Spaces
  • Section 98-609 Landscaping Requirements for Required Reforestation
  • Section 98-610 Landscaping Requirements for Bufferyards
  • Section 98-611 Classification of Plant Species
  • Section 98-612 Requirements for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Landscaped and Bufferyard Areas
  • Section 98-613 Calculating Landscaping and Bufferyard Requirements
  • Section 98-614 Depiction on Required Site Plan

Article VII: Performance Standards (PDF)

  • Section 98-701 Purpose
  • Section 98-702 Access Standards
  • Section 98-703 Visibility Standards
  • Section 98-704 Off Street Parking and Traffic Circulation Standards
  • Section 98-705 Off Street Loading Standards
  • Section 98-706 Exterior Storage Standards for Residential, Office and Commercial Districts
  • Section 98-707 Exterior Lighting Standards
  • Section 98-708 Vibration Standards
  • Section 98-709 Noise Standards
  • Section 98-710 Air Pollution Standards
  • Section 98-711 Odor Standards
  • Section 98-712 Electromagnetic Radiation Standards
  • Section 98-713 Glare and Heat Standards
  • Section 98-714 Fire and Explosion Standards
  • Section 98-715 Toxic or Noxious Material Standards
  • Section 98-716 Waste Material Standards
  • Section 98-717 Drainage Standards
  • Section 98-718 Exterior Construction Material Standards
  • Section 98-719 Hazardous Materials Standards
  • Section 98-720 Fencing Standards
  • Section 98-721 Signal Receiving Antennas (Satellite Dishes) Standards
  • Section 98-722 Wind Energy Systems Standards
  • Section 98-723 Swimming Pools Standards
  • Section 98-724 Outdoor Storage of Firewood Standards
  • Section 98-725 Design Requirements for Large Developments
  • Section 98-730 Administration and Enforcement of Performance Standards

Article VIII: Signage Regulations (PDF)

  • Section 98-801 Purpose
  • Section 98-802 Sign Permits
  • Section 98-803 Signage Definitions and General Signage Standards
  • Section 98-804 General Signage Regulations
  • Section 98-805 Regulations for the CR-5ac, ER-1, SR-3, SR-4, TR-6, and MR-8 Districts
  • Section 98-806 Regulations for the RH, NO, PO, NB, PB, GB, CB, PI, GI and UI Districts
  • Section 98-807 Temporary Signs
  • Section 98-808 Appearance, Construction, and Maintenance of Signage
  • Section 98-809 Nonconforming Signs

Article IX: Procedures and Administration (PDF)

  • Section 98-901 Purpose of Procedural Regulations
  • Section 98-902 amendment of Zoning Regulations
  • Section 98-903 amendment of Official Zoning Map
  • Section 98-905 Conditional Use Review and Approval
  • Section 98-906 Temporary Use Review and Approval
  • Section 98-907 Sign Permit
  • Section 98-908 Site Plan Review and Approval
  • Section 98-909 Certificate of Occupancy
  • Section 98-910 Variances
  • Section 98-911 Interpretations
  • Section 98-912 Appeals of Zoning Interpretations
  • Section 98-913 Downtown Design Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 98-914 Planned Development Procedures
  • Section 98-915 Zoning Permit
  • Section 98-931 Purpose of Administrative Regulations
  • Section 98-932 Zoning Administrator
  • Section 98-933 Plan Commission
  • Section 98-934 Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Section 98-935 Fees
  • Section 98-936 Violations and Penalties

Appendix (PDF)

Table of Figures (PDF)

Animal Unit Table

  • Table 98-203(1) Tables of Land Uses
  • Table 98-203(2) and (3) Tables of Land Uses
  • Table 98-203(4) Tables of Land Uses
  • Table 98-203(5), (6) and (7) Tables of Land Uses
  • Table 98-203(8) Tables of Land Uses
  • Table 98-203(9) Tables of Land Uses
  • Table 98-204: Land Uses Permitted in Permanently Protected Green Space Areas
  • Table 98-402: Summary of City of Lake Geneva Residential Bulk Standards
  • Table 98-403: City of Lake Geneva Nonresidential Bulk Standards
  • Table 98-703: Vision Clearance Triangle Standards
  • Table 98-704(6)(J): Parking Layout Dimensions
  • Table 98-704(7)(F): Minimum Permitted Throat Length
  • Table 98-705(4): Loading Standards 214
  • Table 98-709(3)(A): Maximum Permitted Noise Level at Lot Line
  • Table 98-709(3)(B) Adjustment Factors for Maximum Noise Levels