The Washburn County Board of Supervisors adopted a Zoning Ordinance in 1968. The Ordinance was amended and replaced by the current Zoning Ordinance in 1978 with ongoing amendments to the Ordinance.
The purpose of the Zoning Ordinance is to promote and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare by:
- Guiding orderly expansion of growth and development
- Protecting agriculture and environmentally sensitive lands
- Protecting natural beauty and enhancing recreational opportunities
- Preventing pollution
- Preventing conflicts between different land uses.
The above goals are accomplished by the requirements of permits for all structures, private onsite waste disposal systems, grading and filling within the shorelands, and the enforcement of standards on the development of lots.