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Larger Boathouses On Vilas County Lakes Recommended

pexels.com Kim Stiver

More than doubling the size of boathouses and allowing them 35 feet from lakes greater than 500 acres will be recommended by the Vilas County Zoning Committee after a public hearing Thursday that saw opposition from a number of municipalities and was different than recommendations from county zoning staff.

Builder Glenn Schiffman petitioned to allow boathouses 720 square feet in size up from 300 square feet with a maximum width of 24 feet up from 15 feet on a lot with at least 150 feet of frontage.

Opposition came from a number of towns including Washington, Plum Lake, Presque Isle, Land O' Lakes with Manitowish Waters ok with lakes 500 acres or more.

The Vilas County Lakes & Rivers Association provided a letter in opposition. Vilas County zoning adminstrator Dawn Schmidt indicated her staff suggested changes for committee consideration including a minimum lake size of 800 acres, maximum square footage of 600 square feet, maximum width of 20 feet on lots with at least 200 feet of frontage; all of which the committee rejected. Other committee approvals were for flat roofs, none on slopes greater than 20%, could not be attached to any other structure, and cannot be built if no primary home exists on the lot. The committee is expected to complete a resolution for county board action in January.