Waupaca’s Planning & Zoning division oversees most of the City’s development review processes, including all land division and subdivision plats, rezonings, planned developments, special use permits, site plan reviews, variance requests, annexations, and proposed amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. The office is responsible for developing and updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan and assisting in the preparation of other plans affecting Waupaca. These plans and ordinances are the means through which the City of Waupaca carries out its policies and regulations regarding land use and the physical development of the community.

The office is also responsible for developing, maintaining and operating a GIS system that provides city departments and the public with spatial information to assist in the decision-making process and to support operational functions.

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Zoning Code

The general purpose is to promote health, safety, morals, and the general welfare of the City of Waupaca. The provisions shall be liberally construed in favor of the City and as minimum requirements for the purposes stated. Among other purposes, such provisions are intended, in accordance with a comprehensive plan, to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers; to promote health and general welfare; to provide adequate light, air and solar access; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public treatments.

Ch.-17-Zoning Code

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Sign Code

The goal of the Sign Code is to promote an attractive environment, successful commercial districts, and a healthy local economy in an effort to provide better service to customers and residents in the City of Waupaca.

When addressing Sign Code the City of Waupaca seeks to identify aesthetic issues and respond to new technologies to best serve its residents.

The maximum allowable sign area, height, and type of site identification sign(s) permitted within the City are determined based on the underlying zone districts. The size of the building and lot where the business is located are also determining factors for the size and number of signs.

A sign permit is required to locate, erect, move, reconstruct, extend, enlarge, convert or structurally alter a sign, except real estate signs, name, occupation, and warning signs, bulletin boards, and memorial signs.

Ch.-17-Zoning Code (See sec 17.500 for sign code)

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