sign welcoming residents to Okauchee Lake. Waukesha
County and the Town of Oconomowoc are looking to create
a Downtown Okauchee Zoning District that would run from
this point at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and
Highway P to Foolery’s, N52-W35091 Lake Drive. The
district would also include the area from the roundabout
to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Alex Nemec/Enterprise Staff
OKAUCHEE — Waukesha County and the Town of Oconomowoc
are looking at creating a Downtown Okauchee Zoning
District in order to improve upon the city’s downtown
area and attract new businesses to the area.
The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
will host a public open house to discuss the creation of
a Downtown Okauchee Zoning District from 6 p.m. to 7:30
on Jan. 22 at the Oconomowoc Town Hall, W359-N6812 Brown
Representatives from the county and the Town of
Oconomowoc will be available to answer questions and
discuss the zoning district proposal and ordinance
amendments, a press release from the county states.
“The cooperative planning effort proves a great
opportunity to examine existing zoning codes and
recommend adjustments to enhance the ability of downtown
Okauchee to attract business and customers to a vibrant
downtown,” Waukesha County Director of Parks and Land
Use Dale Shaver said.
The downtown district would run from Foolery’s,
N52-W35091 Lake Drive, to the intersection of Wisconsin
Avenue and Highway P and then down to Holy Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church, N50-W35181 Wisconsin Ave.
Parks and Land Use Senior Planner Amy Barrows said the
current ordinance provisions applied to downtown
Okauchee were developed decades ago for unincorporated
The zoning code requires larger setbacks and offsets
right now, Barrows said.
“We felt the traditional zoning codes didn’t work for a
downtown environment,” Barrows said. “Also (we) received
comments from local business owners that they wanted to
see provisions that accommodated a downtown.”
Town of Oconomowoc Chairman Robert Hultquist said if the
zoning district is approved it’ll attract more
businesses to downtown Okauchee, or that’s the hope.
“The zoning district would help us improve on the
downtown and bring more people in,” Hultquist said.
Barrows said a committee worked with the business owners
to make adjustments to reduce road setbacks and offsets.
“(We) also worked with them to encourage more density
and address the lack of parking available because the
lot sizes are so small in order to encourage the look
and feel of a downtown,” Barrows said.
“By encouraging that look, the goal is to bring more
businesses to downtown Okauchee and boost the area.”
Hultquist said it would be a tremendous help if the town
can get sewer residential equivalent connections (RECs)
from the city of Oconomowoc.
“If we can’t get sewer RECs from the city, I don’t know
where it’s going to go, quite frankly,” Hultquist said.
“The lines are already there in most cases, we just need
the permits to hook up.”
Hultquist said the problem is the city will give the
town sewer RECs in exchange for town property.
“Our town residents don’t want to go into the city,”
Hultquist said. “They’re satisfied with the services
they get from the town and they’re very happy with our
Oconomowoc Mayor David Nold said the only way a city can
grow is annexing land from the surrounding towns.
“If they want to have services that we offer, they have
to offer us something as well,” Nold said.
Nold also mentioned that there have been millions of
dollars invested into the infrastructure and the city
can’t just give the service away.
“It’s not something you can just give away because it’s
something that has been paid for by the city residents,”
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