Applicants question process, but town panel backs request for horses
There was more than a little debate about whether the process was necessary, but the Town of Saukville Plan Commission has recommended granting a young couple a conditional-use permit to raise horses on their Blue Goose Road property.
The recommendation came Tuesday, but must be affirmed by the Town Board.
Kathryn Streblow and Jacob Pfeifer appeared before the commission last month, expressing their desire to raise a horse on their five-acre property. At that session, they were told they needed a conditional permit because the parcel has A-5 zoning.
Securing a conditional-use permit carries a $300 fee.
Pfeifer said he has talked with several neighbors who have horses and similar zoning, and none obtained permits.
“They asked me why I needed a permit,” he said.
“I don’t want to be pointing fingers at my neighbors, but I feel because we are the new kids on the block we are being picked on a little bit.”
Supr. Mike Denzien said he couldn’t explain how other property owners got the go-ahead to have horses without getting the town’s consent.
He cited the passage from the zoning code that says permits are required if horses are to be kept on smaller parcels.
“If we are going to write a code that requires a conditional-use permit, by all means let’s enforce it,” Denzien said.
Commission member Todd Korb, who raises horses on his property, said he can’t recall anyone seeking a permit for horses during his nine years on the panel.
“But you are doing the right thing. Don’t feel you are being singled out,” Korb said.
With those words of encouragement, the commission unanimously recommended the couple be issued a permit to raise up to three horses on their land.