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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:28

Plan commission wants feedback on riding arenas and accessory buildings

    A public hearing will be held next month in the Town of Saukville to discuss an ordinance that would allow riding arenas/accessory buildings by conditional use in certain zoning districts.
    The hearing, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12, is part of the Town of Saukville Plan Commission’s monthly meeting.
    “We want to make sure people come out and talk about it,” Town Chairman Don Hamm said.
    To do so, a handout of the plan and changes to the ordinance is available at the recycling center.
    The plan commission, also headed by Hamm, met Jan. 9 to discuss the ordinance and approved the motion to send it to a public hearing.
    “You want to do the public hearing to see what people are thinking about it either way, and if it needs to be tweaked or not,” he said.
    Hamm says he expects quite a few people to discuss the ordinance and “put their opinions out there.”
    So far, he has heard positive and negative feedback.
    “We’ve had a little of both but we’d like to get as much feedback if we have to go back and tweak it,” he said.
    “Some people feel it’ll ruin the rural character and that the buildings are just too big.”
    Dave Elsila, whose request for a conditional-use permit to build a 6,000-square-foot horse-riding arena on his property that was denied in May, has petitioned the town to make an exception.
    Since then, some town officials have said large horse facilities may very well fit in with the town’s desire to maintain a rural landscape.
    The requirements of the proposal are:
    n A single building cannot be more than 8,500 square feet.
    n The max building height is 28 feet.
    n Building setbacks would require a minimum of a 75-foot side and rear yard.
    n Lighting requires an outdoor plan.
     n Screening is required for neighbor’s views, input from neighbors will be heavily considered and existing vegetation such as trees may provide screening.
    n Manure management and private/public use is per animal ordinance.
    n Wetland delineation will be referred to the Department of Natural Resources.
    n The maximum height of side walls will be 14 feet unless approved differently by a conditional use permit.

 
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