Database of NR 115 public hearing comments completed – March 2006
Response Summary completed – April 2006
NR 115 Advisory Committee meeting – May 2006
Focus Group development including AC members – June to August, 2006
Implementation/enforcement – started after draft rule in November
NR 115 Advisory Committee meeting – October, 2006 (if needed)
Draft Rule – November, 2006
based on public hearing comments and
focus group discussions
Implementation/Enforcement focus group (use draft rule) – November 2006
NR 115 Final Advisory Committee meeting – January, 2007 (if needed)
Natural Resources Board, request approval round 2 public hearings – April, 2007
Public Hearing round 2 – July and August 2007
Winter NRB final approval – December 2007 (5 years since beginning process with AC)
For more information and the public hearing summary http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/wm/dsfm/shore/news.htm
NEWS FROM THE NORTH EAST DISTRICT (NEWCCA) by Duane Haakenson
MAKING THE TRANSITION: CUPS UNDER THE SITING LAW BY: RICHARD CASTELNUOVO (DATCP)
On May 1, 2006, the Livestock Facility Siting Law became effective. This has important implications for local governments that require conditional use permits (CUPs) for new and expanding livestock facilities. Most significantly, these local governments must issue CUPs consistent with the requirements of the siting law. Generally, this means that local governments cannot apply the CUP standards and other requirements in their current zoning ordinances to permit applications filed after May 1st.
Until November 1, 2006, these local governments can issue CUPs for livestock facilities without amending their ordinances as long as they follow the requirements of the siting law. The siting rule found at ATCP 51 in the Wisconsin Administrative Code (ATCP 51) creates this grace period to implement the siting law, but does not specify what actions local governments should take to signify their intent to implement the siting law requirements. While some local governments have adopted resolutions to indicate their intent, officials should obtain legal advice about the appropriate steps they must follow. However a local government approaches the issue, they should take positive action so that farmers know the requirements they must meet to expand livestock operations.
By November 1st, local governments must amend their zoning ordinances to incorporate the siting law requirements if they intend to continue to issue CUPs. If they do not make changes in time, they will be unable to use their existing ordinances to issue permits for livestock operations. Local governments need to start now on their ordinance revisions to make this deadline. If you do not make the deadline, you may lose certain rights including your ability to use a permit threshold lower than 500 animal units.