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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:42

U-Haul had one up without permission

Canopies should be allowed in the Village of Saukville’s highway shopping center business district, the village’s Plan Commission unanimously decided Tuesday.
The issue came to light inadvertently during the month-long process of approving a conditional-use permit for U-Haul, 835 E. Green Bay Ave., to house a large propane tank — which the Plan Commission approved Tuesday — when Village Administrator Dawn Wagner noticed the business’ plans included an existing canopy. Currently, they are not allowed in that district.
“Hey, there’s something new out there,” Wagner said of discovering the canopy.
Furthermore, the canopy is nearly 19 feet tall, exceeding the village’s 15-foot accessory structure limit.
At the meeting, Plan Commission member Chris Lear initially wondered if canopies were a good look for the district.
“My basic instincts tell me I’d prefer something made of brick, something more substantial, rather than something that has the feel of a tent,” he said. “But I also like the idea that you can remove it. No harm, no foul.”
U-Haul manager Ross Brooks said the canopy allows for employees and patrons to have safe and shaded cover during drop-offs of equipment and deliveries. It also provides a directional component, drawing people to the canopy to conduct business.
“This way they’re not driving aimlessly through the parking lot,” Brooks said.
He said the increased height is needed to facilitate the larger trucks that come in for deliveries.
“Our U-Haul trucks can barely fit below (the 15-foot limit) but the Penske and Budget trucks that come, as well as some of the supply delivery trucks, don’t,” Brooks said.
A public hearing and Village Board vote is still needed to approve canopies. If approved, each request for one will have to include application for a conditional-use permit.
Brooks will also have to request a variance for his height violation.
He is being allowed to keep the canopy up while the issues play out.

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