Closure of TIF #14, storage ordinance on tap for council
RDA to consider proposals for Delafield Street properties

By CARA SPOTO

March 16, 2019

WAUKESHA — When aldermen head to their Common Council meeting on Tuesday, they will be asked to consider two land use proposals from their fellow council members.

In the first proposal, which is being pitched by Alderwomen Kathleen Cummings and Cassie Rodriguez, the council will be asked to consider closing by April 15 the revenue-rich tax incremental financing district that created The Shoppes at Fox River.

Known as TIF #14, the taxing district had been proposed to help fund the construction of a baseball stadium and soccer field complex at Mindiola Park. Now that the stadium plan has been abandoned, Cummings would like to see the TIF closed and the tax revenue it is now capable of generating distributed to the city and its overlying taxing bodies.

Closure of the TIF district could provide the city as much as $1.25 million and reduce the borrowing for the city’s $27 million City Hall project, Cummings has said.

City Finance Director Rich Abbot has said that while the city could close TIF#14 by April 15, it might take about six months for the overlying taxing bodies to receive any funds. If the TIF were to close by April 15, Abbot said the city could receive $1.16 million, not $1.25 million.

The remaining funds would be split amongst the other taxing bodies, with the county receiving $214,138; the School District of Waukesha receiving $883,774; and Waukesha County Technical College receiving $40,788, he said.
 

Storage ordinance

In other items, aldermen will be asked to review a proposed storage ordinance that would ban most storage from front yards, with the exception of temporary trash removal receptacles like Bagsters, and create restrictions for how residents can store items in their back and side yards.

First pitched by former 13th District Alderman Andy Reiland, the proposal is designed to give the city the ability to enforce nuisance violations that don’t fall under its vehicle or junk ordinances. City Attorney Brian Running and the measure’s current sponsor — outgoing 8th District Alderman Vance Skinner — have noted that the restrictions, which are directed at residential areas, were born out of resident complaints and input from city staff.

The Common Council is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall, 201 Delafield St.
 

Development proposals

At Monday night’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA) meeting, members will begin poring over proposals submitted for the 3.38-acre collection of properties across from City Hall on Delafield Street. The city purchased the properties in March 2018 for $550,000, and asked developers to submit plans for residential and mixed-use developments there.

The RDA meets at 6 p.m. on Monday in Room 207 at City Hall.