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President's Remarks

Presidential Remarks
January, 2017

Happy New Year to all. It is my hope that all reading these words have had a wonderful & safe holiday season.

After the passage of Act 55 the previous year, 2016 proved to be a year counties and lake organizations were trying to determine the ramifications of losing control of shoreland zoning at the county level.
Indeed, as this is being written, counties are now in the process of rewriting their ordinances to conform with statewide minimums which now, appear to be maximums.

Elections have been held. The Legislature will be back in session shortly. With party majorities being what they are, we can expect more bad legislation and attacks on the Public Trust Doctrine to continue. As always, expect VCLRA to act as a conduit between what’s happening in Madison and our members and member organizations. The Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative (www.wisconsinshoreland.org) has been active during the second half of 2016 preparing a bill which will attempt to return shoreland zoning to county control & restore our lake classification system. Early support for this bill has been encouraging.

In a matter of days as I write this, a joint meeting of VCLRA and our counter-parts in Oneida County will take place, for the express purpose of exploring projects we might undertake together. There is strength in numbers. I’m excited at the prospect of what we might achieve together.

The annual Lakes Partnership Convention will again take place in Stevens Point, Wisconsin April 5th thru the 7th. Registration at www.uwsp.edu/uwexlakes is usually available around February 1st. We will once again co-host a Multi-county lakes workshop in June at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Watch for details in spring.

Please take the time to renew your memberships.

Best regards,

Steve Budnik
President-VCLRA