Zoning Documents

Stanton Township Zoning Ordinance

The Zoning Ordinance establishes Zoning Districts within Stanton Township and what uses are permitted in each Zone. The Ordinance guides future land development to insure a safer, more pleasant and more economical environment for agricultural, residential, compatible commercial, recreation and public activities.

Find out which Zoning District a particular property is in with the Zoning Map below:

Planning Commission

Looking to build a new residence or accessory building in Stanton Township, or create an addition, deck or other increase to the footprint of a building, the Stanton Planning Commission will help guide you through the process. You may also consult with the Planning Commission on any other potential use of your land.

Bring a description of your plans, often a site map with the location of the planned construction relative to property boundaries, along with an application for a Zoning Certificate, below. For more detail, section 15 of the Zoning Ordinance, above, outlines the procedures for processing Zoning Requests.

If assistance is needed, email (preferred) or call the Township Clerk.

The Planning Commission will advise the Town Board regarding your Zoning Certificate (construction permit) request. At the next Town Board meeting, the Town Board will vote to approve or disapprove. Meeting dates can be found HERE.

For more detail on the Planning Commission and procedures:

Comprehensive Plan

The Stanton Township Comprehensive Plan provides a vision for the agricultural and residential makeup of the township and it’s potential future development.

Current Proposal For Ordinance Amendment

Solar Energy System Standards

Solar Energy Systems Permitted, Accessory, and Conditional uses

        Zoning           Solar ScaleA1A2R1SubdivisionsB2P1
GroundRoofGroundRoofGroundRoofGroundRoofGroundRoofGroundRoof
Utility ScaleCN/ACN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Commercial ScaleCCCCCCN/AN/ACCN/AN/A
Residential ScaleAAAAAAAAAAAA
       
 A= Accessory UseC= Conditional UseN/A= Prohibited   

Utility Scale Solar

Utility scale ground mount solar energy systems require a conditional use permit. A site plan is required and may consist of standard solar manufacturer installation plans and processes. A maintenance and buffer plan are also required.

  1. Land Requirements
    1. A1-A2 Zone: no more than 50% of the parcel can be covered by solar panels not to exceed 20 acres total on land where the Crop Productivity Index (CPI) does not exceed 50%, per the Natural Resources Conservation Service mappings.
  2. Setbacks
    1. Ground mounted solar energy systems must have a minimum front, side and rear setback of 100 feet each for all allowed zoning districts.
  3. Aesthetics
    1. Buffer- A screening or buffering plan must be submitted for ground mounted solar energy systems.
    1. Maintenance plan- A maintenance plan must be submitted and shall comply with township special provision performance standards section 20 of the Stanton Township Planning and Zoning Ordinance.
  4. Glare/Glint
    1. The solar energy system shall not create hazardous glare/glint onto buildings, properties, or roadways.
    1. Airport: The solar energy system shall comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules and regulations.
  5. The conditional use permit (if approved) will be reviewed at a minimum every ten (10) years for compliance with the set conditions.

Commercial Scale

Commercial scale solar energy systems require a conditional use permit. A site plan is required and may consist of standard solar manufacturer installation plans and processes. A maintenance and buffer plan are also required.

  1. Land Requirements
    1. A1-A2 Zone: no more than 50% of the parcel can be covered by solar panels not to exceed 20 acres total on land where the Crop Productivity Index (CPI) does not exceed 50%, per the Natural Resources Conservation Service mappings.
    1. R1 Zone: Five (5) acre or larger parcels will be allowed a maximum of 2,100 square feet of ground mounted and/or roof mounted solar panels, combined. Less than five (5) acres shall not be permitted or allowed to have commercial scale solar energy systems.
    1. Subdivisions: Commercial Scale Solar Energy Systems are not allowed; prohibited.
    1. B2 &P1 Zone: Five (5) acre or larger parcels will be allowed a maximum of 2,100 square feet of ground mounted and/or roof mounted solar panels, combined. Less than five (5) acres shall not be permitted or allowed to have commercial scale solar energy systems.
  2. Setbacks
    1. Ground mounted solar energy systems must have a minimum front, side and rear setback of 100 feet each for all allowed zoning districts.
    1. Roof mounted solar energy systems must stay within the roof footprint of the dwelling or accessory building.
  3. Aesthetics
    1. Buffer- A screening or buffering plan must be submitted for ground mounted solar energy systems.
    1. Maintenance plan- A maintenance plan must be submitted and shall comply with township special provision performance standards section 20 of the Stanton Township Planning and Zoning Ordinance.
  4. Glare/Glint
    1. The solar energy system shall not create hazardous glare/glint onto buildings, properties, or roadways.
    1. Airport: The solar energy system shall comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules and regulations.
  5. The conditional use permit (if approved) will be reviewed at a minimum every ten (10) years for compliance with the set conditions.

Residential Scale

Residential scale solar energy systems are an accessory use. A maintenance and buffer plan are required.

  1. Solar Panel Requirements
    1. Ground mounted solar energy systems are allowed. A maximum area of solar panels is 1,000 square feet.
  2. Setbacks
    1. Ground mounted solar energy systems must comply with the setbacks established in the Stanton Township Zoning Ordinances section 19.
    1. Roof mounted solar energy systems must stay within the roof footprint of the dwelling or accessory building.
  3. Aesthetics
    1. Buffer- A reasonable, natural or wood perimeter screening to reduce the site view from adjacent parcels. A screening or buffering plan must be submitted for ground mounted solar energy systems.
    1. Maintenance plan- A maintenance plan must be submitted and shall comply with township special provision performance standards section 20.
  4. Glare/Glint
    1. The solar energy system shall not create hazardous glare/glint onto buildings, properties, or roadways.
    1. Airport: The solar energy system shall comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules and regulations.

Decommissioning Solar Energy Systems

A decommissioning plan is required for any solar energy system requiring a conditional use permit. The decommissioning plan is required at the time of the conditional use application.

  1. Requirements
  2. Decommissioning of the system must occur within ninety (90) days from either of the following:
    1. The end of the system’s serviceable life; or
      1. The system becomes a discontinued use; or
      1. Abandonment.
  3. A system shall be considered a discontinued use after one (1) year without energy production, unless a plan is developed and submitted to the Town Board outlining the steps and schedule for returning the system to service.
  4. If the applicant begins but does not complete construction of the project within eighteen (18) months after receiving final site plan approval, this shall be deemed abandonment of the project and require implementation of the decommissioning plan.
  5. The land shall be restored back to similar surrounding topography, or as close to its original state as possible. Natural buffers may remain.
  6. Hardscapes aboveground and below-ground shall be removed.
  7. Decommissioning Plan Outline
  8. Describe the anticipated means and cost of removing the system at the end of its serviceable life or upon its becoming a discontinued use. The cost estimates shall be made by a competent party, such as professional engineer, a contractor capable of decommissioning or a person with suitable expertise or experience with decommissioning
  9. Identify the financial resources that will be available to pay for the decommissioning and removal of the system.
  10. Include a timeframe for the completion of site restoration work.
  11. The Town Board may at its discretion require the owner and/or operator of the utility scale or commercial scale system to provide financial security in the form of a cash escrow or irrevocable letter of credit in an amount equal to 125% of a cost estimate for decommissioning prepared by a competent party to ensure that decommissioning shall be completed if the applicant or operator for any reason fails to meet the requirements of this section.