The majority of the gallery within the
Oconomowoc Common Council Chambers was mostly smiling
Tuesday night after two very different, well
buzzed-about endeavors were approved following limited
council first approved a conditional use permit and two
associated ordinances that will allow a drug and alcohol
rehabilitation facility, Ladders Recovery Community, to
operate at 1331 W. Capitol Drive.
council also approved the redevelopment agreement for
Fowler Lake Village, a five-story, 180,000-square-foot
mixed use condominium development all but assured to be
built on Fowler Lake LLCís vacant land at the corner of
St. Paul Street and East Pleasant Avenue, across from
The steps up the Ladders
path to the pro-Ladders vote wasnít easy. On Aug. 22,
the council approved the first reading related to
rezoning the 5.3 acre parcel at 1331 W. Capitol Drive
from industrial to a general commercial district
following a public comment period that likely made that
council meeting the most heated of 2017. The other
reading changed the land use designation for the parcel
to a general commercial district.
items pertaining to zoning were not signed off by the
Oconomowoc Plan Commission during its Aug. 9 meeting,
which also boasted a well-attended public comment
According to city documents, the commissionís reasons
for not supporting the measures included a desire not to
remove more than 5 acres of industrial land from the
city and keep the industrial land use consistent with
other areas. The commission also reasoned that a
subdivision to the west of the property was platted with
the expectation that the zoning would remain industrial
and that property owners in the area expect it to stay
at that Aug. 22 council meeting, the crowd heavily
supported the facility, as did the council. A few
businesses in the area of 1331 W. Capitol Drive voiced
concerns, but other businesses in that same area showed
Tuesday night, Alderman Matt Rosek asked City Planner
Jason Gallo if the city has received any complaints from
homeowners in the area of 1331 W. Capitol Drive
regarding the possible addition of Ladders.
Gallo said the city has received no such complaints that
he was aware of and the only complaint from a business
was the same the council had heard at the last meeting.
the issue of safety was rehashed.
Attorney Stan Riffle said that if the Oconomowoc Police
Department or other emergency responders get excessive
calls to Ladders, Ladders Operator Jacob Jansen would be
brought before the council for a meeting in which the
aldermen would decide whether it wants to revoke the
conditional use permit. Oconomowoc Public Safety
Director and Police Chief Ron Buerger said he is
comfortable with Jansenís plan for Ladders.
Fowler Lake Village a near guarantee
After very little discussion, the council approved the
redevelopment agreement for Fowler Lake Village.
Before the build can start, the certified survey map and
condominium plant will have to be approved by the Plan
Commission and council.