Florence County Wild Rivers Zoning Update

Florence County Wild Rivers Zoning Update

There was a vote by the Florence County Board on February 18 to rescind and repeal the County’s Wild Rivers Zoning Ordinance, enacted in the 1970s to help preserve and protect the Pine and Popple Rivers, two of Wisconsin’s three state Wild Rivers.

We are happy to report that, since that evening, the County Board reversed itself and restored Wild Rivers Zoning. This reversal was made in response to questions raised regarding whether appropriate voting procedures were followed on February 21. The Florence County Planning and Zoning Committee has since voted to table the issue until April.

There has been a strong show of public support for maintaining this protective zoning. The Bay Lakes Regional Planning Commission also recommends keeping Wild Rivers Zoning in place, and the River Alliance fully supports maintaining existing protections in Florence County.


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