Ordinance changes would allow larger horse-riding arenas Print
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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:10


    The Town of Saukville plan commission reviewed proposed revisions to its horse-riding arena and storage building ordinance at its meeting Nov. 14.
    The commission has been debating whether to alter its code as it pertains to horse-riding structures that exceed the current 2,500-square-foot size limit on all outbuildings. At its latest meeting, the commission reviewed the restrictions and agreed to revise changes before they are presented during a public hearing in a few months.
    “It was kind of a summary of what we had stated and we wanted to have come back in ordinance form,” commission member Kevin Kimmes said.
    Dave Elsila, whose request for a conditional-use permit to build a 6,000-square-foot horse-riding arena that would match the architecture a historic barn on his property was denied in May, has petitioned the town to make an exception. Since then, some town officials have said large horse facilities may very well fit in with the town’s desire to maintain a rural landscape.
    “In constructing the language of this thing, I would want it to be strong enough so that it’s understood you can’t just walk in here and pay your $350 and then build whatever size building you want. It’s not about that at all,” commissioner Mike Denzien said.
    Among the requirements of the proposed ordinance:
    n The maximum building height limit is 28 feet.
    n Building setbacks would require a minimum of a 50-foot side and rear yard.
    n Lighting requires an outdoor plan.
    n A single building cannot be more than 8,500 square feet.
     n Screening is required for neighbor’s views, input from neighbors will be heavily considered and existing vegetation such as trees may provide screening.
    n Manure management and private/public use is per animal ordinance.
    n Wetland delineation will be referred to the Department of Natural Resources.
    n The maximum height of side walls will be 12 feet unless approved differently by a conditional use permit.
    “I think we want to encourage a lot of people to provide input,” Kimmes said. “This is a major change in direction, and I guarantee you some of our grandfathers or grandmothers of the old code will be in here yelling.”
 … But I’ve also heard a lot of comments from people that want it changed.”
    But commissioner Tom Ravn said he had a number of people comment to him they were not in favor of it.
 He also stated he prefers 100 feet for setbacks.
    “Fifty feet doesn’t cut it,” Ravn said. “It’s insufficient. I would empathy if Elsila’s building burned to the ground, but I have a responsibility to the neighbors not to see their property damaged.”