City to vote on ‘softer’ business near industry
Plan Commission passes along measure on zoning change


Jan. 4, 2015

WEST BEND - The city of West Bend hopes to take advantage of a trend.

By recommending a change that expands the types of businesses allowed in areas zoned for heavy industry, Plan Commission members hope to attract development.

“We’re hearing more and more about having mixed uses, such as allowing some of the softer businesses in manufacturing districts,” Plan Commission Chairman and Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said after the commission voted Tuesday to pass the recommended change to the Common Council.

“As communities grew, the outskirts became industrial parks,” Sadownikow said. “This change would allow for some businesses to come back into the heart of the city, in areas that are zoned for heavy industry. The change also helps streamline the process since a rezoning wouldn’t be needed if a business wanted to move into a manufacturing district.”

The prop osed amendment to the city’s municipal code under M2-Heavy Industrial District would include permitted uses as those listed “within the B-1 Community Business District, except for child care facilities and residential units or quarters.”

The amendment also notes it only applies to parcels that are a minimum of 10 acres with a proposed building footprint of at least 100,000 square feet. It also stipulates the traffic patterns for the proposed uses should be similar.

“There are probably three parcels in the city that would benefit from this,” Sadownikow said during the meeting.

Alderman and Plan Commissioner Adam Williquette noted a plan in Menomonee Falls to include a Costco in a development with an athletic club and a sports medicine facility on a site that had once been a factory as a comparison to West Bend’s idea.

Sadownikow said another trend is large companies often want their distribution centers attached but, under the city’s zoning without the proposed amendment, such a mixed use would not be allowed.

Alderman Ed Duquaine, plan commissioner, was in favor of the amendment.

“What I took out of this proposal is that it takes West Bend one step closer to being more streamlined for possible larger developments,” Duquaine said during the meeting. “I think it’s a wise and well-thought-out choice and I hope it separates West Bend in a positive way for development.”