ANTIGO (WAOW) -- Changes are on the way for people living along lakes and rivers statewide. Starting next February, counties across Wisconsin will have to meet new Shoreland Zoning Requirements. Under the changes, people looking to expand their homes will have to do so at least 75 feet away from the shoreline. Rules will also change regarding how much property can be covered by pavement. Property owners will not be able to cover more than 15 percent of land with pavement including roof tops, and parking lots. Zoning officials said it's all in efforts to preserve the state's environment.
"By protecting the shorelines...we're protecting the very reason why people want to recreate and spend time on the lakes and streams," said Langlade County Zoning Administrator, Becky Frisch.
A public hearing about those changes will be held in Langlade County next month.