Summit puts brakes on event barn proposal
Residents raise concerns about potential noise, traffic, hours

By Eileen Mozinski Schmidt - Special to the Enterprise

Jan. 25, 2018

SUMMIT — Summit has put the brakes on a proposed event barn after strong opposition by area residents.

Jason Anderson approached the village late last year seeking an application to allow conditional use in the A-1 agricultural zoning regions. The change would have allowed hosting ongoing events, like weddings, in those areas.

After two hours of discussion at a public hearing in December, the village Plan Commission tabled the issue until January.

Last week’s meeting drew comments from over 30 people. Village Planner Henry Elling said a few of those spoke in favor of the idea, but the majority objected due to their concerns about potential noise levels, hours of operation, traffic, and whether the land was suitable for hosting regular events.

Plan Commission Chair Jim Siepmann said many of the objections from residents were related to the specific property in question, a future development planned for 37736 Sunset Drive.

“The people around this site that was proposed, they reached out to not just their neighbors,” Siepmann said. “There was a large outcry from all of the village.”

Siepmann said the commission considered a study provided by Elling showing barns used for events throughout the county typically are existing structures that have been renovated.

“This particular gentleman wanted to build a brand new facility and greenhouse on the site. The Plan Commission said that’s not what we’re seeing in other communities, it is truly a whole new business,” Siepmann said.

A location in a part of the village not among denser development also was noted among objections.

“This would be a brand new commercial business south of (Highway) DR. Our conclusion was this was probably not the best use of the site,” Siepmann said. “Because of its commercial construction use and large parking lot, the area would have looked more commercial.”

The Enterprise was unable to reach Anderson for comment.

Following this discussion, Elling said the commission unanimously agreed to advise against adopting the amendment. The recommendation will be forwarded to the Village Board, which Elling said will review the issue at the Feb. 8 meeting.