Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Let’s steer this back to the real zoning issue

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Jeff at Five Points misinterprets the Waukesha Taxpayer League’s (and others) concerns over the necessary zoning changes in Frame Park to build a baseball stadium there. Nobody is saying you can’t sell a cup of coffee or rent a boat (so far as I know). But the zoning for a commercial recreational facility specifically mentions a for-profit baseball stadium.

1. Chapter 22, Zoning

22.05, Definitions

22.05(43) page 4 COMMERCIAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

“Indoor and Outdoor recreational facilities operated for profit. Such facilities include, but are not limited to arcades, billiard parlors, bowling alleys, baseball and football fields, go cart tracks, golf courses, gymnasiums, handball courts, miniature golf courses, race tracks, racquetball courts, rifle and pistol ranges, roller skating rinks, and volley ball courts. Bars, taverns, dance halls, and theaters are not considered commercial recreation facilities.” (Emphasis provided)

Given the wording above, even Jeff would have to agree that the proposed stadium is in violation of zoning for the park.

Will the common council change the zoning for the baseball stadium? Will that violate either the Frame Park deed, or any of the provisions of the state and federal funding used to restore Frame Park?

I snidely asked Jeff why we don’t just build condos instead? After all, what would be better for downtown if we are not concerned about the future of the park or even our own zoning laws?

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