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Conservation NOW: July 31, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Oppose LRB 2628: Eliminating the Forestry Mill Tax

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 2628, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

The Forestry Mill Tax funds “acquiring, preserving and developing the forests of our state.” This allows Wisconsin agility in its response to future threats forests face, such as destructive insects or other natural predators. It also allows the state to respond to future shifts in logging seasons or changes to the supply chain. LRB 2628 would eliminate the Forestry Mill Tax and put stable funding for the health and vitality of our forests at risk.

Oppose LRB 2630: Undermining Local Control

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 2630, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Local communities use zoning ordinances to protect public health and quality of life. Usually, a community must change obsolete zoning ordinances when, for example, confronted with an emerging industry such as frac sand mining. Rather than shoehorn the project into an old, inappropriate zoning classification communities need to write new zoning law to reflect the reality of new projects. Municipalities also require variances – a waiver from the requirements of a zoning ordinance – before property owners rebuild existing structures to safeguard the interests of citizens and the community.

LRB 2630 would shackle local governments by forbidding them to apply updated zoning ordinances to potential projects seeking new permits. It would also prohibit local governments from requiring variances for rebuilding existing structures that do not conform to updated zoning ordinances, essentially allowing structures to be rebuilt under outdated, inappropriate zoning laws.

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