DELAFIELD — A public hearing
will be scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at City Hall as
the Plan Commission continues its deliberations over proposed zoning
code changes in the downtown business district.
The focus of the public hearing, according to city Planning
Consultant Roger Dupler, will be how to determine the allowable
heights of newly constructed buildings in Central Business District
The CBD #1 extends north and south along Genesee Street from Wells
Street to the Bark River and one block east and west of Genesee
Street from Wells Street to the river, which includes most of the
downtown business district.
According to the existing code, buildings in the district may be 35
to 45 feet high depending upon how many feet the building is set
back from the street, Dupler said.
Without taking a formal vote, the Plan Commission agreed during its
Aug. 28 meeting to allow a maximum height of 55 feet for all
buildings in the zoning district.
However, the Commission could not agree on whether to maintain the
existing standard of measurement in the code or create a new one.
The existing standard provides the measurement of the building shall
start at ground — or grade — level and extend to the top of a roof
that is flat.
For a gabled roof, the height is measured halfway between the lowest
and highest point of the roof from the ground, if the grade is
In the event the grade is not level, the measuring point shall begin
at the average point between the highest and lowest point of the
Commissioner David Greenway suggested it might be easier and simpler
to use the “plate” of the roof, the point where the exterior wall
and rafters meet, as the highest measurement of the building.
During the meeting, the Commission appeared to reach a consensus on
changing the code regulating the number of floors or stories of a
The existing code limits the number of stories to three.
The new proposal would permit four stories provided the building was
set back 20 feet from designated “collector” streets: Genesee,
Milwaukee, Main and Wells Street.
Dupler said there is a possibility that the Commission may vote at
the Sept. 25 meeting to recommend some of the code changes to the
Common Council which would meet on Oct. 7.
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