May 1, 201510:48 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Dane County towns want to secede from the leftist county board
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The 35 town governments in Dane County have long chafed at county control of their zoning. Now they want out. The towns are seeking state legislation to exempt them from oversight by an increasingly leftist county board.
“Dane County towns are asking for freedom to escape arbitrary control. Our proposal is not novel; we would simply gain zoning options that most towns in populous counties already have,” said Dane County Towns Association President Jerry Derr and Vice President Tim Roehl in a memo to state legislators.
They contend that town zoning is the norm in Wisconsin’s populous counties. “Out of Wisconsin’s 10 largest counties, Dane is the only one which insists on continuing to control its towns. Town zoning is the norm in populous and urban counties.”
Thanks to gerrymandering, 20 of the 37 county supervisors live in the city of Madison, even though the city represents less than half (48%) of the county’s population. Would Paul Soglin sit still for supervisors from Cambridge and Cross Plains sitting in judgment on city zoning?
Consider also that the population of the Town of Windsor (near DeForest) is 6,686 (2014 estimate) and the Town of Middleton is 6,143. They’re more populous than 13 villages that are exempt from county zoning, including the Village of Rockdale, population: 211.
Like cities and villages, the towns are zoned; unlike those municipalities, the county board has final say over any town zoning approval. (However, the county cannot approve a zoning denied by a town.)
“Dane County is so afraid of giving towns the option to have town zoning that the county continues to refuse to comprehensively revise its 76-year-old zoning ordinance. … Dane County would rather have outdated regulations than risk losing control.