VILLAGE OF ELKHART LAKE ZONING, CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS & VARIANCES
The Village of Elkhart Lake had a major update of Chapter 16 Zoning in November 2010. There have been small changes since 2010. The Village has 15 zoning districts.
Conditional Use Permit
The Zoning and Shoreland Ordinances allow for conditional use permits. A conditional use is also known as a special exception. It is an exception expressly listed in the zoning or Shoreland Ordinance that may be allowed in some locations if it meets specific conditions. A Conditional Use of land, water, or building is only allowable after the issuance of a special permit by the Village Board under the conditions of the Zoning or Shoreland Ordinance. To apply for a Conditional Use Permit, complete and submit the Conditional Use Permit Application Form. After the application is submitted the Planning Commission will review the request and make a recommendation to the Village Board. At that time the neighbors will be notified, and a public hearing will be held. The Village Board then will decide to grant or deny a Conditional Use Permit.
Download Conditional Use Permit Application
A Variance allows a property to be used in a manner forbidden by the Zoning or Shoreland Ordinance. There are two types of Zoning Variances that are generally recognized: Area and Use Variances. The Board of Appeals hears and makes decisions on the Variance Applications.
To be granted a Variance, state law has three criteria the Board of Appeals must find that your property meets:
- There must be an unnecessary hardship in which the property owner can show that there would be no reasonable use of the property with a variance; and
- The property must have unique limitations that are different than other properties; and
- There must be no harm to the public interests if a variance is granted.
The Village Guide to Board of Appeals Applicants provides more information on the process. Reviewing this document before applying for a variance is suggested.
View 2010 Zoning Map below. You can also download the Village of Elkhart Lake Zoning Map as a PDF.
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