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
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.