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Yes, we do have a tree program. The tree forms become available in the fall for the following spring planting. The variety of trees offered varies from year to year. The County tree order form is available online or if you would like to obtain an order form by mail, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Kenosha County Department of Planning & Development office at 19600 – 75th St, Bristol, WI 53104 and an order form will be mailed when they become available. You do not have to be a county resident to purchase trees from the county tree program.
This activity generally pertains to rip rap which is done primarily to protect the land from soil erosion. A County stipulated shoreland permit is required, and erosion control standards must be met. You must submit a complete Stipulated Shoreland Permit Application including a property survey/site plan (example) and submit the appropriate fee based upon the Kenosha County Department of Planning & Development Fee Schedule. Rip rap activities are also regulated by the WDNR. Please call the Sturtevant WDNR office at (262) 884-2355 or visit the WDNR website for more information
A determination must first be made whether the pond location is in a shoreland, floodplain or wetland area. Kenosha County does not require a general permit to dig a pond that is located outside the floodplain, shoreland and wetland zoning districts. We do require minimal, reasonable setbacks from property lines, structures, roads, septic, wells, etc. Most of the towns require a land disturbance permit and the WDNR may require a permit. Also, other subdivision covenants, easements, or deed restrictions may apply. However, if a pond is located outside a shoreland/wetland zoning district, but disturbs a total land surface area of 4,000 square feet or more; or involves excavation or filling, or a combination of excavation and filling, in excess of 400 cubic yards of material an erosion control permit is required Ponds built within the shoreland require a County stipulated shoreland permit, ponds are generally not permitted in the floodplain or connected to a navigable waterway. A wildlife pond may be created in wetland (C-1 Zoning District) with proper permits and approval of the Land Use Committee. A wildlife pond cannot exceed an average depth of 5-feet and side slopes cannot exceed a gradient of 1-foot vertical to 5-feet horizontal. Wetland disturbance will require a water quality certification from the WDNR and possibly the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Additionally, please contact the local township to determine if any town permits are required. Most ponds will require a permit or approval, please contact these agencies to inquire about the procedure for a pond at your location.