Town may ease rules on shipping containers

Ordinance would allow them to be used for temporary storage
By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press Staff 

An ordinance that would allow shipping containers to be used for storage on non-residential Town of Grafton properties will come before the Town Board during its May meeting.

The proposed ordinance would allow temporary outdoor storage containers such as storage pods, shipping containers or enclosed trailers to be kept for no more than 180 days each year.

While subject to attorney review and change before Town Board consideration, the proposed ordinance would require that the storage containers be kept on a hard paved surface, that no more than two be stored on a property and that a permit would be required from the Town of Grafton.

Chairman Lester Bartel requested that one aspect of the proposed ordinance be amended by attorney Sara MacCarthy before Town Board consideration.

The ordinance stated that any signage applied or fixed to the storage containers would require separate sign permits but Bartel questioned if the clause would require sign permits if container venders had their logos on the side of the containers. He noted that signs would be reviewed by the Plan Commission before a storage container is approved and that they can be judged on a case by case basis.

The Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval of the ordinance during its April 6 meeting. The matter is expected to be considered by the Town Board in May.

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