Rezoning Request

When:
You would like to use your property in a way that is not permitted by the Village under its current zoning.

Why:
Village zoning ordinance divides all lands into zones for various land uses, such as residential, commercial, and industrial, and sets regulations for the use of land and buildings and their spatial relationships. This is done to protect owners and residents from uses that may detract from the enjoyment of their property and to ensure basic standards for health and safety.

How:
Schedule a meeting with Planning/Zoning staff (849-5712) to discuss your proposal prior to submitting an application. Staff may suggest meeting with neighboring property owners prior to application submittal.

To change the zoning of a property, an ordinance must be passed by the Plan Commission and the Village Board, signed by the Village President, and published in the Waunakee Tribune. This process typically takes 6-8 weeks.

After discussing your proposal, submit your application for rezoning to the Planning/Zoning Department.

Your application should include:
  • Application form
  • Site plan, showing proposed vehicular access points, location of all existing and proposed structures and parking areas.
  • Any other information relevant to understanding your request, or required by staff.
  • Application fee

Procedure:
Planning/Zoning staff schedules a public hearing before the Plan Commission, and publishes an official notice of the hearing in the Waunakee Tribune. Staff will mail notices of the public hearing to the property owners and to other parties of interest. Staff also sends a copy of the request to various Village Departments for review and comments.

Staff will submit a report and recommendations to the Plan Commission prior to the public hearing.

At the public hearing, applicants present their request and members of the public may state their support, opposition, or concerns about the proposed project. The Plan Commission considers the comments of the reviewing Village Departments, recommendations of Planning/Zoning staff, the testimony of the applicant, and that of the interested parties.

If the commission recommends approval of the rezoning, the commission may attach conditions to the request. An ordinance (in case approval is recommended) and/or a resolution (in case denial is recommended) are prepared by Planning/Zoning staff.

The Plan Commissions recommendation is generally considered by the Village Board at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The board may choose to approve or deny the rezoning request. If the rezoning is approved, you may proceed with obtaining other required approvals.

Questions:
Please contact the Planning/Zoning Department at 849-5712 with questions or clarifications on the process.