A vehicle is seen moving
along Highway C near American Eagle Drive on
Wednesday morning in Slinger.
John Ehlke/Daily News
fourth attempt at receiving approval from Slinger’s Plan
Commission for the construction of a self-storage
facility has gained Commission support.
their January meeting, commissioners approved granting a
conditional use permit to developer Kevin Dittmar, whose
proposals last year in April and July failed to gain
village approval. In the latest proposal which gained
Commission approval for the CUP, Dittmar will be allowed
to construct several self storage buildings on the
approximately 5.4 acre flag-shaped lot located along the
West side of Hillside Road (Highway C). But he must also
meet certain conditions.
the first rejected plan Dittmar had proposed building
the units an approximately 4.4-acre lot on the south
side of American Eagle Drive and bounded on the west by
the I-41 northbound on-ramp and Highway 60. At that time
village officials said they didn’t believe Dittmar’s
proposal was the best use of that property.
“There will be other better opportunities that will come
forward for the property’s use,” Commissioner and
Village Trustee Lee Fredericks said. “We need to be
patient and let the economy take it’s course.”
Village Planner Marty Marchek said two other failed
proposals called for the units to be built on a site
along Hillside Road/Highway C, which is where Dittmar
located the latest proposal which was approved. Marchek
said the conditions required by the CUP were recommended
by village staff.
“They are not elaborate. Some need additional action
from the Plan Commission to ensure they are followed
correctly,” Marchek said.
Those conditions include: Marchek said the site plan has
to be approved because it must integrate fire lane
requirements sought by the Slinger Fire Department that
will connect to Stoney Lane. The architectural plans
must be submitted and approved to verify that the
building walls that face Highway C have 30 percent
masonry. The landscaping plan also needs to be revised
to add more plantings.
Marchek said Dittmar’s latest site plan proposal is
different from the previous three.
“It’s less dense. That was some of the problem with the
earlier plans that the fire department looked at it and
send ‘we have to be able to turn around large fire
vehicles inside that site’ and there wasn’t enough
room,” Marchek said. “They needed larger turning
radiuses at the corners of the buildings so the
buildings had to be shortened to allow for the larger
letter to the Plan Commission Slinger Fire Department
Inspector Lt. Greg Koehler also expressed other concerns
about Dittmar’s plans:
The department expected a second fire hydrant to be
included on the project site.
The driveway width versus truck width is not adequate on
the current first fire department access. One vehicle in
the driveway will block additional access to the site
and fire department access.
Missing second fire department access.
his earlier failed plans, Dittmar had proposed
constructing about 52,000 square feet of enclosed self
storage space to be divided into various sizes including
10 feet by 10 feet, 10 by 20, 10 by 30, and 12 by 30.
buildings (in the new plan) are going to be smaller and
there might not be as much space as in the earlier
plans,” Marchek said.
latest plan also calls for the first phase of the
project to include two climate controlled facility with
most unit access by interior door and served by HVAC
new state law, that went into effect at the start of
this year, also impacted the Commission review process
for the CUP request.
was the first time we operated under the new state law,
Wisconsin Act 67, where conditional use permits are
regulated differently,” Marchek said. “That makes
granting conditional use permits a very methodical, but
fact based, process.”
the most recent Plan Commission meeting a petition with
dozens of signatures opposing granting the CUP for the
Dittmar project was viewed by the panel. Also several
letters of opposition were also read into the record.
Marchek said he was to meet with Dittmar Wednesday
afternoon to review the revised plans so they can go
before the Plan Commission at the Feb. 14 meeting.
Dittmar could not be reached for comment before press
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