Information on Town Zoning Withdrawal
The Department of Planning and Development has assembled the following information regarding town zoning withdrawal (“opt out”) for
interested citizens and officials. County staff remained concerned that towns that withdraw from county zoning will experience a
significant decline in services and an increase in costs.
The county has long assisted towns in facilitating responsible rural growth
while preserving farmland and the rural character town citizen cherish. Because of the economy of scale at which it operates, the
county is able to provide a wide range of products and services to towns in an efficient, cost effective, and responsive manner.
Towns that choose to opt out will need to replicate many of those products and services at considerable cost. If you have questions
about any of the information, please contact Dane County staff at 266-4251.
Copies of the relevant state legislation– Access to state statutes here.
Information and analysis by Dane County Planning and Development Staff.
News articles - regarding Dane County town zoning withdrawal legislation.
Letters opposing town zoning withdrawal - Act 178 and AB 109 letters submitted by a number of towns and town citizens.
Information from Dane County Towns Association- Supporting town zoning withdrawal and AB 109.