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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.