SUMMIT — Summit
has put the brakes on a proposed event barn after strong opposition
by area residents.
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
After two hours
of discussion at a public hearing in December, the village Plan
Commission tabled the issue until January.
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.
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.
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.”
the commission considered a study provided by Elling showing barns
used for events throughout the county typically are existing
structures that have been renovated.
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
“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.”
was unable to reach Anderson for comment.
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.