LETTER: Port needs a plan to balance rights of residents, developers

To Ozaukee Press:

I read with interest about the latest kerfuffle regarding development along Port’s lakefront, namely, the decision by the owners of the Port Harbor Center to retrench on their plans to build condominiums in the footprint occupied by the vacated grocery store, and I say—thank goodness!  

As a relatively new resident to the area, over the past several months I have noted how area communities differ in their land use, development and planning strategies. What results from these policies are the identities of the communities, the things that make them unique.  Cedarburg’s lovely historical atmosphere comes to mind, as well as Grafton’s commercial energy.   

And what of Port? Clearly the lakefront identifies this one-of-a-kind place —the marina, beaches, fishing and sailing boats, amazing sunrises. But without protections—a city planning document that would balance the rights of Port’s residents with the interests of developers, for example—this community’s identity risks being frittered away by a “height exemption” here, and a “use variance” there, all tools used to sell off what makes Port a most exceptional place to live.  

Joyce Harms

Port Washington

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