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Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • How do I get a zoning permit?

  • When do I need a permit from Land and Water Conservation?

  • How do I rezone my property?

  • Who can help me with shoreland erosion issues?

  • How do I prepare a nutrient management plan?

  • How do I report manure runoff?

  • What is cost sharing and what can it be used for?

  • Is there a fee for Land and Water Conservation staff assistance?

  • What is a POWTS

  • What is the reason for POWTS regulation

  • What is required of me as a POWTS owner?

  • Where can I find the regulations regarding POWTS maintenance?

  • What is the Inventory and Maintenance Program?

  • What is the on-line POWTS maintenance reporting system?

  • What happens if I refuse to do POWTS maintenance?

  • What if I pump my septic tank every year or every two years?

  • What do I do with my POWTS after a flood?

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Please contact us at:
1462 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
telephone (715) 346-1334

or email to help with any questions you may have.

Jeff Schuler
Paula Cummings
Executive Assistant


Planning and Zoning Committee

2018-2020 Members:

Barry Jacowski, Chair
Larry Raikowski , Vice Chair
Charles Gussel
Julie Morrow 
Mike Splinter

The Planning and Zoning Department consists of several different sections [Planning, Zoning, Land and Water Conservation, On-Site Waste, Water Resources (Groundwater), Geographic Information System (GIS), and Economic Development]. This configuration is the result of a reorganization that took place in the late 1980's, when the current Department was created out of several independent departments/functions. Our Department strives to operate efficiently and effectively to find the best way to provide services to the residents of Portage County. Click here for more information about our department.

Department Mission:

To protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of all citizens and visitors of Portage County through providing long-range planning services, and professional administration and equitable enforcement of applicable County Codes and Ordinances, and State laws/codes relating to land use and development, resource conservation, and surface and groundwater protection.


The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for 14 Committees:
Planning and Zoning, Land and Water Conservation, Capital Improvements/Economic Development, Board of Adjustment, Land Records, Groundwater Citizens Advisory, Justice Coalition, Justice Coalition Advisory, Justice Coalition Executive, Revolving Loan, Central Wisconsin Windshed Partners, Community Development Block Grant-Housing, Stevens Point Urban Area Sewer Service Advisory, and Urban Area Transportation Systems, along with other project specific committees as needed.