Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 18:48
Town Plan Commission applies new ordinance to two business requests
When the Saukville Town Board took on the task of expanding local business options by revamping its conditional-use ordinance, it wasn’t meant as a mere exercise in the legislative process.
The first fruits of months of work by town officials and an ad hoc committee came into play last week when the Plan Commission considered two conditional-use permit requests.
The first permit is being sought by Michael Farina, who approached the town in spring with plans to start a furniture trim milling operation at 3335 Hwy. 33.
Even though the property was a former metal stamping shop and has manufacturing zoning, town officials learned that milling operations were not a permitted use under the town’s zoning ordinance.
Officials said they had no objections to Farina’s proposed use for the former industrial site, but could not allow the venture based on the code restriction.
That led to a detailed review of what types of uses the town would consider on properties with business or manufacturing zoning and ultimately the adoption of a revised ordinance last month.
Farina returned to the commission last week in hope of gaining a newly defined conditional-use permit.
Among the limits likely to be placed on the business are operating hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and noise level restrictions as measured at the property line.
Similarly, the commission supported further consideration of a conditional-use permit sought by Scott Sieckmann and Matt Kastel, who want to hold special events on their 125-acre farmstead at 3844 Hwy. Y.
The owners relocated several historic farm buildings to the parcel, including an 1850s-era barn. The property has been put into the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust to protect it from future development.
The private property is not open to the public.
“We made it our goal to preserve this early Wisconsin homestead for future generations,” the owners said in their permit application.
Among expected restrictions in the permit are that no overnight camping be allowed, and that all events be over by midnight. No more than 10 private events a year are planned.
The commission called for public hearings on both proposals. Neighbors within a half mile of the properties will receive notices.