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September 2014


Plan Commission recommends financial impact studies

Rezoning applicants may have to jump through one more hoop to be approved by the Village of Pewaukee. The Plan Commission reviewed the idea for a financial impact analysis form to be considered for rezoning, land use plan amendment and conditional use requests. They will be making the recommendation to the Village Board to go forward with the amendment.

City Planner, Mary Censky, introduced the recommendation to amend the zoning ordinances to add financial impact study for pieces of land which apply for rezoning. Tom Calder believes many properties will fall into this category.

“And again, a community like this is going to be continually challenged due to predominant rezoning because most of our open space is gone,” said Calder.

The financial impact would require applicants to assess their costs to the village tax base. For example, if a large grocery store were to move into Pewaukee, they might change local traffic patterns. The store would collect the data and tell the village if there could be an extra cost to, say, provide a stoplight or a crosswalk in the future. Other costs to the tax base would also include water or utility use, fire or police department calls and other public works projects.

Ron English, who was stepping in for village attorney Mark Blum, cautioned the commission against narrowing the focus of the impact analysis. If the commission were to select only some applicants to participate or become too revenue-specific in their questioning, the process may become discriminatory.

The recommendation passed unanimously, though Craig Roberts did express some concern about the potential burden for small business owners to provide for such data when they may not have the resources to conduct the research.

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