Town says no to zoning request for sheet-metal shop

Supervisors reject proposed change needed for new business
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Saying it would be inconsistent with neighboring properties, the Fredonia Town Board last week denied a zoning change that would have allowed a sheet-metal fabrication operation to be built at the corner of highways A and H near Waubeka.

“I don’t think it fits there,” Supr. Lance Leider said.

Chairman Rich Mueller said the project “fit” in terms of setbacks, height restrictions and other zoning criteria. “I don’t have a dog in this fight,” he said, “but it fits the property, according to the code.”

Scott Paulsen had asked for a zoning change on the lot so he can build a garage and shop for his sheet-metal fabrication business. 

Paulsen, who was not in attendance, had previously told the town’s Plan Commission that the garage would mainly be used for storage but would involve some fabrication of heating and ventilation ducts. Paulsen said there would be little manufacturing, and that he and his son are the only two employees.

Supr. Jim Stemper made a motion to “permanently table” the matter. 

“To ‘permanently table,’ basically means deny it,” Mueller clarified.

The other option was to schedule a public hearing on the rezoning, which would have been followed by a board discussion and vote on the merits of the project.

The motion to deny the rezoning passed 5-0.

Neighbors to the project site turned out in force two weeks ago at a Plan Commission meeting to express their opposition.

In the process of discussing Paulsen’s project, town officials discovered they had conflicting ordinances: One that bars manufacturing operations unless connected to sanitary sewer and water and another that allows manufacturing if holding tanks are utilized.

Mueller explained that the sanitary-sewer requirement was written into the code 40 years ago and was never changed.

Officials said they would work on correcting the ordinance.

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