GRAFTON — The Town of Grafton Plan Commission last week
approved the conditional use permit for a new
self-storage business at 1927 Highway W.
4-acre parcel was split from a larger lot zoned
agricultural; approvals for the property division and
the request to rezone the lot to manufacturing were
given in June.
the same meeting, the Plan Commission tabled the
conditional use permit, which was submitted by RJ
Investments owner Laura Logan.
While town staff said then that the application was
technically complete, it did not provide enough details
for the Plan Commission to fully gauge the project.
Several things – such as landscaping and fencing plans,
lighting details and design details – were not fully
explained, according town staff.
Those details were provided at the meeting held last
Wednesday, and the conditional use permit granted.
main items discussed were landscaping and the
introduction of natural materials into the building
plans. The self-storage business is new construction,
and as such all buildings and landscaping will be newly
“Staff was pleased to see that the landscaping had been
addressed,” Town Clerk and Planner Amanda Schaefer said.
landscaping includes multiple planting areas, with plans
for several varieties of trees and bushes around the
property and between it and other properties.
While staff commented at the commission meeting that
most of the plan was sufficient, there was an area where
all the planting were the same low-growing species. Brad
Hoeft, a lawyer representing Logan at the meeting, said
she was willing to work with staff to make adjustments
to landscaping. During the discussion, staff's main
suggestions were to add some variety of heights to the
want their building to be seen, but also have some
vertical lines for contrast,” Town Engineer Kevin Kimmes
other point most discussed by the commission were
natural materials for the exteriors of the storage unit
buildings. The original application in June did not have
details, but further plans were submitted for this
month. Hoeft also brought pictures and samples; the
buildings will be constructed with a combination of
brick and stone.
While those materials will not cover all the exteriors
of all the buildings, it will be used where the
buildings are visible from Highway W.
“From a staff perspective, we felt the materials
proposed were great,” Schaefer said.
There are several other items that still need to be
finalized on the project, including the lighting plan,
but staff and the Plan Commission agreed those pieces
can be worked out between Logan and staff without
stalling the permit application further.
Beyond the conditional use permit, RJ Investments still
needs to obtain its building permits. Schaefer said that
the project will need to be cleared by the Grafton Fire
Department and receive approval for an access permit
from Ozaukee County before the building permit is