GRAFTON — A business proposal
for pet boarding and shipping container storage stalled out in the
town of Grafton last week.
The town of Grafton Plan Commission last week considered a
conditional use permit application from Matt Littau for the former
Ozaukee County Wisconsin Humane Society property at 2073 County
According to the application he submitted, the business was to
“provide innovative commercial pet boarding services as well as pet
condos, and the sale and storage of pet condos.” After discussion,
the Plan Commission tabled the application for 60 days.
Town Chairman Lester Bartel, who also heads the Plan Commission,
said the commission delayed action to gather more information on the
matter, and examine the town’s code.
In the staff recommendation to deny the permit application, staff
wrote, “As presented, town staff feels that the application is
unable to be further reviewed due to the existing code language and
the application’s extensive use of semitrailer shipping containers.”
Last month, the Town Board approved a moratorium on development and
conditional use applications involving shipping containers. During
those discussions, Bartel several times discussed the similarity
between shipping containers and semitrailers; the town of Grafton
zoning code already prohibits semitrailers.
The two-month pause means Littau could make modifications to his
plan. According to his original plan, the boarding facility would
provide room for up to 17 dogs in separate kennels, as well as space
for cats or other small animals in crates in a different area.
The letter to the town said Littau “will offer pet condos, which
will consist of modified shipping containers placed on the
properties. These containers will be customized to specific customer
needs, allowing them the opportunity to have their pet boarded or
cared for in a more individual environment that is tailored to
The proposal suggested there would be 20 to 60 shipping containers
on the property at any given time, depending on the demand. Littau
wrote that the business would have access to a manufacturer in
central Wisconsin that modifies shipping containers.
The property is about 4 acres, and currently still owned by the
Wisconsin Humane Society, according to town documents.
Littau did not respond to requests for information on his plans
moving forward before the News Graphic deadline.