Wedding barn plan will go to town hearing

Saukville commission to consider land use that could be allowed under new ordinance
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Town of Saukville Plan Commission voted unanimously last week to hold a public hearing next month on a proposed wedding barn business on Highway Y.

Ryan Scholz wants to host weddings, corporate events and other gatherings on his property and came to the commission now that the town has zoning to allow such uses.

Scholz said he and his wife were married on the property, which they call Timberstone Farm, and want to “offer the rural Town of Saukville landscape we’ve enjoyed on our farm to future customers to enjoy as well.”

Scholz said the barn is not ready to host events, but he will use a large tent for events until it is ready. 

This summer, the town created an ordinance allowing “rural event venues” for weddings, receptions and other events such as corporate  meetings as a conditional use in areas zoned for agriculture. It replaced a more restrictive ordinance.

The ordinance limits the number of weddings and receptions to one every seven days and no more than 15 per year, and one corporate event per day with no more than 50 people in attendance.

Alcohol sales are not permitted, though alcohol can be served. An approved parking plan is required before each event, and amplified music must be limited to the barn and is not allowed after 11 p.m.

Music in tents can only be acoustic and is not permitted after dark.

A variance is required to increase the number of attendees at a corporate event.

Scholz said he wants “to be respectful of our neighbors and their right to be happy and peaceful on their property.”

Parking could be accommodated on the 21-acre farm, he said. Portable restrooms will be used.

The ordinance regulating rural event venues was created after Scholz and two other landowners — one on Highway 33 and another on Highway Y — approached the town about using their properties for such occasions.

Scholz’s property must be rezoned before he can be licensed to host events, which requires a public hearing.

A public hearing on Scholz’s request is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Town Hall prior to the Plan Commission meeting. 

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