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New Wisconsin State Laws for Nonconforming Structures

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsThis year Wisconsin adopted changes to laws governing nonconforming structures.  A nonconforming structure is defined as “a dwelling or other building that existed lawfully before the current zoning ordinance was enacted or amended, but that does not conform with one or more of the development regulations in the current zoning ordinance.”  The term “development regulation” is defined as “the part of zoning ordinance that applies to elements including setback, height, lot coverage, and side yard.” (Wis. Stat. SS62.23(7)(hb). 

Previously, repair and maintenance as well as replacement of nonconforming structures was limited by local ordinances.  Because of this, lenders and title companies considered nonconforming structures to be a “higher risk”. 

In 2006, Wisconsin passed a law that allows nonconforming homes and structures to be rebuilt if destroyed by natural disaster.  (2005 Wisconsin Act 112).  In 2009, the State Department of Natural Resources updated the state’s shoreland zoning regulations to allow for unlimited maintenance and repair of nonconforming principal structures and more flexibility regarding expansions depending on how close the structures are located from the water.

This year, Wisconsin passed laws stating the local ordinances may not prohibit or limit the value of maintenance repairs, and remodeling of nonconforming homes and buildings (2011 Wisconsin Act 170) and that nonconforming wet boathouses may be repaired and maintained without limits on the value of such repairs and maintenance.  (2011 Wisconsin Act 167).

For more detailed information, see REALTORS’ Guide to Wisconsin’s New Nonconforming Structures Laws by Tom Larson, Wisconsin Real Estate Magazine, June 2012.

 

Door County Fair

by Connie Erickson
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DOOR COUNTY FAIR

AUGUST 1 - 5

JOHN MILES COUNTY PARK
STURGEON BAY


Enjoy old time Door County fun with Stock Car Races, Truck Pull, Tractor Pulls, Motorcycle Races, Demolition Derby, Music, Magic Show, Kid's Contests, Carnival Rides....AND of course, Cotton Candy!

SCHEDULE AND DETAILS HERE!

 

Sturgeon Bay Martime Regatta

by Connie Erickson
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STURGEON BAY MARITIME REGATTA
INNER HARBOR OF STURGEON BAY
JULY 27 - 29

Kicking off Sturgeon Bay's Maritime Week: A Salute to The United States Coast Guard, Sturgeon Bay's Inner Harbor will come alive with a Sprint Race Regatta sanctioned by the US Rowing Association.  DETAILS HERE!

 

Door County Triathlon

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DOOR COUNTY TRIATHLON
MURPHY PARK IN EGG HARBOR
JULY 21 - 22

The Door County Triathlon is one of the post popular and most scenic triathlons in the Midwest!  The "Sprint" (1/4 mile swim, 18 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run) is on Saturday.  The "Half-Iron" (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run) is on Sunday!  DETAILS ON THE TRIATHLON HERE!

 

Door County Antique Show and Sale

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38th ANNUAL DOOR COUNTY
ANTIQUE SHOW
AND SALE

AT THE GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL
IN FISH CREEK


JULY 19 - 21


Sponsored by the Sister Bay Lions Club, the 38th Annual Door County Antique Show and Sale benefits the Leader Dog and the Blind Program.  The show features 35 professional dealers plus crystal and china repair on site!  DETAILS!

 

Ron Hawking at Trueblood Performing Arts Center!

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsRON HAWKING CELEBRATES THE MEN AND THEIR MUSIC

TRUEBLOOD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
WASHINGTON ISLAND

JULY 14 at 7 PM

Ron Hawking, known as "Chicago's Entertainer", will be performing with Kathy Sparrenberger for the first time in Door County at Washington Island's Trueblood Performing Arts Center.  Ron Hawkings' success is rooted in his ability to seamlessly step in and out of any artist or character he chooses to portray.  Artists like Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Bobby Darin, Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and many more come to life in this extremely entertaining show.  Details Here!

 

Door County Folk Festival!

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DOOR COUNTY FOLK FESTIVAL
JULY 11 - 15
SISTER BAY, EPHRAIM & BAILEYS HARBOR

 

Sister Bay, Ephraim and Baileys Harbor come together to celebrate ethnic folk dancing and music from around the world.  The event features dancing and music workshops, parties, concerts, children programs, fish boil, and more!

 

Fish Creek Summer Festival & Fireworks!

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsFISH CREEK SUMMER FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS

JULY 7, 2012

Plan to be in Fish Creek on July 7th!  Fun for the entire family!  Enjoy music by Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns.  Plus there's
 
FIREWORKS AT 10 PM. 
 

 

Garden Walk in Northern Door County

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsANNUAL GARDEN WALK

JULY 5, 2012

THROUGHOUT NORTHERN DOOR COUNTY

Put on your walk walking shoes, gather some friends and enjoy the beauty of Northern Door County property owner's gardens.  Parking at some sites is limited, so car pooling is recommended.  Tickets and site maps are available at the Visitor Information Centers in Sister Bay and Ephraim, Sister Bay off of Baylake Bank, Jerry's Flowers in Sister Bay, Sunnypoint Gardens on Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor and at Saturdays morning's Farmers' Markets at the Corner of the Past Farm Museum.  This is a fun way to support Sister Bay's Historical Society.  DETAILS!

 

Enjoy the 4th of July in Door County!

by Connie Erickson
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ENJOY ALL OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN DOOR COUNTY!

HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE 4TH....

 

 


EGG HARBOR
JULY 3 - 4


Take in a full 2 days to celebrate the 4th of July in Egg Harbor!  There's live music, family fun and fireworks over the Bay of Green Bay on July 3rd...Then enjoy the parade on the 4th at 1:30 PM!!! Hope to see you there!  DETAILS!

BAILEYS HARBOR
JULY 4

The PARADE starts at 10:00 and the fun continues to Dusk with FIREWORKS!  Enjoy the entire day in Baileys Harbor!  WATCH FOR ME...I'M IN THE BAILEYS HARBOR PARADE THIS YEAR!!!  DETAILS!

GILLS ROCK
JULY 4

The festivities start at 5:00 PM in Gills Rock with food and live music.  Then at 6:30 enjoy the boat ragatta in the harbor.  FIREWORKS at Dusk.

 

STURGEON BAY
JULY 4

The fun is at SUNSET PARK!  Patriotic Music starts at 4.  Brat & Burgers at 5.  An old time Sundae Social at 6.  Peninsula Symphonic Band performance at 8.  Music choreographed to the FIREWORKS at Dusk.  DETAILS!

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