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Wales wants to maintain historic charm

The Village of Wales has proposed a set of design guidelines for property owners or would-be developers to follow. The guidelines would be specific to what officials are calling the Village Center which is the commercial/downtown area of the village along Highway 18 and part of 83.

Buildings in this area date back to the 1900s and officials want to maintain their historic charm. The guidelines encourage architecture that is reminiscent of Wales, U.K. with a country feel.

According to the draft guidelines:

"Residential, compatible small businesses and specialty store buildings should continue to reflect the predominantly residential architectural character by
using peaked roofs complemented with building facades consisting of natural or 'natural appearing' materials. Business buildings should be constructed
with a residential architectural style with pitched roofs as opposed to incompatible boxed‐shaped, concrete block structures with flat roofs that are devoid of any
architectural style. The landscape design character for the Village Center should consist of mostly natural landscaping, low fieldstone or limestone walls, and
ornate open fences such as cedar split‐rail, white picket or decorative wrought‐iron fences."

The village will hold an open house to discuss the guidelines and proposed district from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the community building, 216 W. South St.

Watch for more on this story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.

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