Industrial areas can include health care offices

By Alex Nemec

Jan. 17, 2019

OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council passed a resolution to amend an ordinance to allow medical and dental offices, as well as physical, occupational and massage therapy businesses in industrial zoned areas.

The council voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance Tuesday, with Aldermen Lou Kowieski, Matt Rosek and Derek Zwart dissenting. The council then voted to waive the second hearing required for ordinance changes.

Zwart said if the city allows everything in the industrial areas, the city loses the ability to have industrial uses down the road.

“I just want to be careful that industrial doesn’t become business park because if that happens we won’t have industrial anymore and we won’t have any space if an industry wants to come to town,” Zwart said. “We have to be careful with allowing anybody who comes forward with a plan to use industrial space.

“There’s a reason the city wants separation and if we dilute it too much we won’t have it if we need it some day.”

Kowieski echoed Zwart’s comments, adding that zoning is one of the most important tools a city has as it begins to develop.

“We should have clear delineation of what industrial should be and use the zoning the way it’s supposed to be used,” Kowieski said.