West Bend officials reduce setback rule for some local businesses
Those in affected area can build closer to the street


Sept. 5, 2017

Some property owners located throughout the area received permission from officials to expand closer to the public rights of way to enhance their spaces.

West Bend Common Council members voted to amend an ordinance during the Aug. 7 meeting, reducing the setback requirement from the street from 42 feet to 35 feet for those located in a specified area of the B-1 Community Business Zoning District.

“This is actually a sub district in our zoning code,” Business and Development Planner James Reinke said. “This helps to recognize some of our smaller lots that were developed in the past. What we are asking for is a reduced setback within those three specific areas to help facilitate a redevelopment and help encourage the business owners there modernize their buildings and redevelop the properties they have there.”

According to the memo Reinke sent to Common Council members and Mayor Kraig Sadownikow, this modification pertains to lots bordering South Main Street from Oak Street to Chestnut Street, North Main Street from Beech Street to North Silverbrook Drive and North Main Street from Jefferson Street to 700 feet north of Roosevelt Drive.

The ordinance adds language specifying the change, stating the 42 feet minimum setback right of way for existing and planned streets. It then goes on list the locations of the exceptions where the new setback is 35 feet.

The change was recommended during the Aug. 1 Plan Commission meeting where members hosted a public hearing but no one in attendance voiced any questions or concerns.

The measure was introduced during the July Plan Commission meeting when a resident made a request for the change. The individual wanted to renovate a portion of the property to include a covered porch area over the entrance and the handicap ramped area.

The two proposals encroached on the setback requirement and the reason did not qualify for a hardship exception. Staff reviewed the proposal and believed an ordinance change is appropriate.

“It is not so much that these buildings would add seven feet to their structures, but it allows them to modernize, put some architectural features on the front of the building, some overhangs, airlocks and vestibules possibly,” Sadownikow said.