Legislation approved in 2016 allows towns in Dane County, and only Dane County, to withdraw ("opt out")
from coverage of the county zoning ordinance and other land use regulations beginning in 2017.
To date, eight towns - Berry, Black Earth,
Blue Mounds, Bristol,
Sun Prairie, Westport
- have taken the necessary steps to withdraw from county zoning and establish their own system of zoning and land use administration.
The final step in the town zoning withdrawal process is a vote by town residents at their respective
Annual Town Meetings, on Tuesday April 18, 2017.
more information on town zoning withdrawal.
In February of 2016, the Dane County Board adopted 2016 Resolution 431,
which created the Zoning and Land Regulations Comprehensive Revision of
Chapter 10 Subcommittee, charged with overseeing the comprehensive
revision of the Dane County Zoning Ordinance. This is the first time in
the zoning ordinance's 78-year history that it has been comprehensively
revised. More information on this project is available
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is accepting petitions for
establishment / revision of Agricultural Enterprise Areas until June 10, 2017. More information is
available here, or by
contacting county staff, Brian Standing, by email or
The Dane County Better Urban Infill Development (BUILD) program provides grant funding to local municipalities
to plan infill developments and promote livability and sustainability. BUILD grants help pay for planning
consultants who assist communities with preparation of infill plans.
Applications due July 14 2017. For
more information click here.
The Dane County Land Information Office and Planning and Development Department offer customized mapping services for
municipal officials and other customers. Maps can be provided in hardcopy or in digital (PDF) format. Please follow
this link for information on costs and how to submit a request: .
This report assesses existing housing needs for each municipality in Dane County, and outlines strategies and tools for municipal officials,
developers, and other partners as they consider how to address future housing needs.