Planning & Development Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

In light of the emerging COVID-19 crisis, the Dane County Planning & Development office will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC effective 4:30pm, Wednesday March 18th. Department staff will continue to answer questions and process zoning applications via phone and email, where possible.

Chapter 10 Revision Task Force

The Task Force for Prioritized Revision of Chapter 10 (Zoning) is seeking your ideas and suggestions to improve the Dane County Zoning Ordinance. Over the past several years, the Task Force has successfully recommended numerous priority revisions to the zoning code.

On this webpage you'll find information and resources related to the work of the Task Force. The Task Force would appreciate your ideas and insights to improve the Dane County Zoning Ordinance. Please utilize the comment form on this site or feel free to contact staff by phone or emai.l

Thank you for your participation.

2014 Selected priority amendments

  1. Revise the zoning ordinance to address Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).
  2. Create a zoning category for rural subdivisions utilizing joint septic systems on nonproductive farm lands (rocky drumlins, etc.). Base density on character of land, slope, soil, etc. / Reduce zoning lot size requirements for rural housing settings, including conservation and cluster subdivision, in order to reduce housing costs.

Possible additional priority amendments (items the Task Force may work on)

  1. Clarify and update nonconforming use and structure provisions in sections 10.21, 10.22, and 10.23.
  2. Revise rules relating to non-conforming mineral extraction sites
  3. Conduct a complete and comprehensive re-write of the zoning ordinance
  4. Agricultural Plan Development district

A summary of the selected and possible amendments is available here.

Emerging Issues

Communication Towers The state biennial budget bill (2013 Wisconsin Act 20) included significant new legislation that severely limits the ability of local units of government to regulate the siting and modification of communication towers (cellular and broadcast). The County will be addressing these changes in the coming months. Towns with tower siting ordinances should contact legal counsel to determine if those ordinances are still enforceable. A Wisconsin Towns Association summary of the new state legislation is available here.

Task Force Sponsored Ordinance Amendments (Approved)


No Members Reported at this Time


Majid AllanSenior Planner/ Planning & Development
Roger W LaneZoning Administrator / Planning & Development
Todd A ViolanteDirector/ Planning & Development


Contact Us

Feel free to submit your suggestions in the attached form or contact either of our staff members listed below.

Majid Allan (608) 267-2536
Roger Lane (608) 266-9078

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