DELAFIELD — A nearly 15-months long dispute between
Rogers Memorial Hospital of Summit and city officials
over permits for a residential treatment facility on
Oakwood Drive has been quietly resolved.
Plan Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a
business permit for the 24-bed facility on the city’s
northwest side that treats adult and adolescent eating
Common Council approved a conditional use permit for the
facility in August.
City officials believe the treatment center had operated
since 2007 without required permits.
former city administrator erroneously determined the
hospital could operate the treatment center without
seeking an amended conditional use permit, according to
Mayor Michele DeYoe.
conditional use permit was issued for the land in 1983
when the Cedar Ridge Foundation was operating a nursing
home on the site, according to city documents.
Rogers Hospital acquired the property in 2007 and,
according to hospital officials, received approval from
the city to amend the permit to allow residential
treatment of eating disorders.
However, city officials could not find any record of the
amended permit when the hospital in June of 2016 asked
permission to expand the treatment facility.
Hospital officials wanted to add a therapy building, a
commercial kitchen, a greenhouse, and a gazebo.
additions would enable the hospital to improve its
treatment of 16 adults and 8 adolescents by training the
residents and their families in the preparations of
healthy meals, according to hospital officials.
However, homeowners in surrounding neighborhoods
objected to the expansion, arguing it would result in
increased traffic volume, noise and light pollution, and
a possible decline in residential property values.
addition, they argued the treatment center was a
business that was illegally operating in a residential
commission rejected the expansion proposal in October of
2016 and told the hospital it must seek a new
conditional use permit in order to continue operations.
hospital later agreed to withdraw the expansion proposal
and seek a new permit for the treatment center.