Under State law communities are granted zoning powers. These powers are used to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community. This is accomplished by regulations and restrictions pertaining to height, number of stories, and size of buildings and structures; the percentage of lot that may occupied, the size of yards, courts and other open spaces, the density of population, and the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence or other purposes.
To put into effect the above types of rules communities may divide the land into different zoning districts. The purpose of zoning districts is to lessen congestion in streets, secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers; promote health and general welfare; provide adequate light and air, encourage protection of groundwater resources, prevent overcrowding of land; and facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks and other public requirements.
The Village of Poynette has 14 different zoning districts.