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Zoning is the way that cities determine what land can be used for.
To do this, cities divide land into zoning districts. Each zoning district has a different set of rules. These rules determine what uses are allowed and how the land can be built upon.
The City of West Allis has 3 main types of zoning districts: residential, commercial, and manufacturing. In total, there are 13 unique zoning districts:
Intended for neighborhoods with primarily 1-unit dwellings on large lots.
Intended for neighborhoods with primarily 1-unit dwellings on moderate sized lots.
Intended for neighborhoods with primarily 1-unit dwellings on small lots.
Intended for traditional neighborhoods with a diverse array of housing types on small lots.
Intended for dense, multi-unit housing development in areas throughout the city.
Intended for the city's historic pedestrian-oriented downtown shopping district.
Intended for a mix of uses in close proximity to residential areas that are compatible with the neighborhood scale.
Intended for commercial development serving the broader community's daily needs.
Intended for large-scale, automobile-oriented commercial development serving the needs of the regional population.
Intended for lower-intensity, non-nuisance industrial uses in closer proximity to residential and commercial uses.
Intended for higher-intensity industrial uses that should be separated from residential and commercial uses.
Intended to provide areas for open space, recreation, and preservation of natural resources.
Intended for State Fair grounds.
If a use is allowed in a zoning district, it may be allowed in several different ways. The City of West Allis classifies how uses are allowed in 3 ways:
A use that is allowed without any specified conditions
A use that is allowed upon meeting all conditions specified in the code
A use that is allowed upon meeting all conditions specified in the code and those imposed by the Common Council
Conditions for Limited Uses can be found in Sec. 19.33. Conditions for Conditional Uses can be found in Sec. 19.34.
To determine what you can use your property for, you first need to determine your zoning district.
Now that you know your zoning district, you can check what uses are allowed in that district.
Most signs require a sign permit in the City of West Allis. Signs do not require a permit if they are less than 6 sq. ft. and are not illuminated or if they are window signs that meet the requirements found in 13.21(18).
To get your sign approved, apply for a sign permit through the City's online Sign Permit Application.
The application will be reviewed to ensure it meets the City's Sign Code. These rules specify the number, size, design, location, and construction standards for signs. Please reference the Sign Review & Approval, section of our web site for detailed guidelines. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.