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Yes, we do have a tree program. The tree order forms are 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. 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 (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 completed Stipulated Shoreland Permit Application, including a property survey/site plan, and the appropriate fee based upon the Kenosha County Department of Planning & Development Fee Schedule.
Rip rap activities are also regulated by the DNR. Please call the Sturtevant DNR office at (262) 884-2355, or visit the DNR website for more information
A determination must first be made whether the pond will be located in a shoreland, floodplain, or wetland area. Kenosha County does not require a general permit to dig a pond located outside the floodplain, shoreland, or wetland zoning districts. We do require minimal, reasonable setbacks from property lines, structures, roads, septic, wells, etc.
An erosion control permit is required if the pond is located outside a shoreland/wetland area but disturbs a total land surface area of 4,000 square feet or more or involves excavation/filling or a combination of excavation/filling, in excess of 400 cubic yards of material. Ponds built within the shoreland require a County stipulated shoreland permit.
Most towns require a land disturbance permit, and the DNR may also require a permit. Other subdivision covenants, easements, or deed restrictions may apply.
Ponds are generally not permitted in the floodplain or connected to a navigable waterway. A wildlife pond may be created in a 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 disturbances will require a water quality certification from the DNR 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.