131 - Establishment of Districts - Bayfield

Ordinance #131

Establishment of Districts - City of Bayfield


For the purposes of this Chapter, the City of Bayfield is hereby divided into the following zoning districts:

(1) R-1 Residential District

(2) R-2 Residential District

(3) C-1 Commercial District

(4) W-1 Conservancy District

(5) FP-1 General Floodplain District (an overlay district)

(6) I-1 Industrial District


(a) The official zoning district map is an integral part of this Chapter. The single official copy of this map entitled "City of Bayfield Official Zoning Map," together with a copy of this Chapter, shall be available for public inspection during office hours. The map shall be certified by the Mayor and attested by the City Clerk. Any changes in zoning district boundaries shall be recorded on the map. No such change shall be effective until so recorded and until a duly certified and attested certificate describing the change is filed with the map.

(b) The district boundaries are either streets or alleys unless otherwise shown, and where the designation on the map indicates that the various districts are approximately bounded by a street or alley line, such street or alley line shall be construed to be the district boundary line.

(c) Where the district boundaries are not otherwise indicated and where the property has been or may hereafter be divided into blocks and lots, the district boundaries shall be construed to be the district boundary line.

(d) Where the district boundaries are not otherwise indicated and where the property has been or may hereafter be divided into blocks and lots, the district boundaries shall be construed to be lot lines, and where the designations on the map are approximately bounded by lot lines, said lot line shall be construed to be the boundary of the district.

(e) In unsubdivided property, the district boundary shown on the map shall be determined by use of the scale shown on such map.


(a) Purpose. This District provides for one-family and two-family year-round residential development protected from traffic hazards and the intrusion of incompatible land uses. It is intended to encourage such development around existing residential areas where soil conditions are suitable for such development and in those areas which can be economically and readily served by utilities and municipal facilities.

(b) Permitted Uses.

(1) Single-family and two-family year-round dwellings.

(2) Private garages and carports, but only as accessory to the principal use.

(3) Essential services and utilities intended to serve the principal permitted use.

(4) Signs subject to the provisions of Article H.

(5) Horticulture and gardening.

(6) Customary accessory uses provided such uses are clearly incidental to the principal use and that no such use generates traffic or noise that would create a public or private nuisance.

(c) Conditional Uses.

(1) Multi-family [three (3) or more] dwelling units.

(2) Rooming or boarding houses.

(3) Mobile home parks subject to the conditions of this Chapter.

(4) Public and semi-public uses including, but not limited to the following: public and private schools, churches, public parks and recreation areas, day care centers, hospitals, rest homes and homes for the aged, fire and police stations, historic sites. Sewage disposal plants, garbage incinerators and maintenance, repair or storage buildings shall not be permitted.

(5) Telephone, telegraph and power transmission towers, poles and lines, including transformers, substations, relay and repeater stations, equipment housing and other necessary appurtenant equipment and structures, above or below ground.

(6) Home occupations or professional offices provided no such uses occupy more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the total floor area of the dwelling, not more than one (1) nonresident person is employed on the premises, and such use will not include an operational activity that would create a nuisance or be otherwise incompatible with the surrounding residential area.

(7) Structures in the R-I District that have been placed on the National Reaister of Historic Places or those structures of historic importance as designated by the Bayfield Chapter of the County Historical Society may be considered for commercial uses which are ancillary to the principal use. Such requests will be considered principally to encourage the preservation of these historic structures.

(8) Screening and fencing over four (4) feet in height.

(9) Swimming pools.

(10) Kennels.

(11) Bed and breakfast establishments.

(12) Tourist rooms.

(d) Dimensional Requirements.

(1) Building Height Limit - 35 feet;

(2) Required Lot Area

Single Family Dwellings - 9,600 square feet; 2 lots
Two-Family Dwellings - 9,600 square feet per family; 2 lots
Multi-Family Dwellings (over 2) - 4,800 square feet per family; one lot per family

(3) Minimum Lot Width - 80 feet;

(4) Yards Required

Front Yard - 25 feet;
Side Yards

Principal Building - 7 feet for gable or 9 feet for eave; 20 feet total
Accessory Building - Same as for principal building

Rear yard - 10 feet




(a) For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall be used, unless a different definition is specifically provided for a section. Words used in the present tense include the future; the singular number includes the plural number; and the plural number includes the singular number. The word "shall" is mandatory and not permissive.

(1) Abutting. Have a common property line or district line.

(2) Accessory Use or Structure. A use or detached structure subordinate to the principal use of a structure, parcel of land or water and located on the same lot or parcel serving a purpose incidental to the principal use or the principal structure.

(3) Acre, Net. The actual land devoted to the land use, excluding public streets, public lands or unusable lands, and school sites contained within 43,560 square feet.

(4) Alley. A public way not more than fifteen (15) feet wide which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting property.

(5) Apartment. A suite of rooms or a room in a multiple dwelling, which suite or room is arranged, intended or designed to be occupied as a residence of a single family, individual or group of individuals, with separate facilities and utilities which are used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking and eating.

(6) Arterial Street. A public street or highway used or intended to be used primarily for large volume or heavy through traffic. Arterial streets shall include freeways and expressways as well as arterial streets, highways and parkways.

(7) Basement. That portion of any structure located partly below the average adjoining lot grade which is not designed or used primarily for year-around living accommodations.

(8) Bed and Breakfast Establishment Building. A building that provides eight (8) or fewer sleeping rooms for temporary occupancy for compensation by transient guests who are traveling for business or pleasure and is the owner's personal residence and occupied by the owner at the time of rental. The partnership form of ownership shall be allowed under this definition.

(9) Block. A tract of land bounded by streets or by a combination of streets and public parks or other recognized lines of demarcation.

(10) Boarding House. A building other than a hotel or restaurant where meals or lodging are regularly furnished by pre-arrangement for compensation for three (3) or more persons not members of a family, but not exceeding ten (10) persons and not open to transient customers.

(11) Buildable Lot Area. The portion of a lot remaining after required yards have been provided.

(12) Building. Any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls used or intended to be used for the shelter or enclosure of persons, animals, equipment, machinery or materials. When a building is divided into separate parts by unpierced walls extending from the ground up, each part shall be deemed a separate building.

(13) Building, Detached. A building surrounded by open space on the same lot.