- Sep 28, 2003
- Professional Status
- Certified Residential Appraiser
- New York
Some Fox Valley communities are using local ordinances and developers’ agreements to place building requirements on new and existing single-family residential structures that exceed the Wisconsin’s Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) standards for one- and two-unit dwellings. These local ordinances and agreements require either more expensive building materials or features that increase housing costs and the tax base, or new community improvements to address pre-existing service needs, such as another satellite fire station. To determine whether local communities have the authority to exceed the UDC requirements, an outside attorney specializing in construction law provided a white paper to help local boards and government affairs directors educate local communities about the law and encourage them to repeal any ordinances or policies that violate or end-around the UDC. If local communities continue to apply such ordinances and policies in violation of the UDC law, this white paper could serve as the foundation for possible legal action. The memo was beneficial.