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Sturgeon Bay City Council To Take Up 'Lodging House' Request

A single-family residence next to Otumba Beach in Sturgeon Bay could be classified as a 'lodging house' under a proposal to be considered by the City Council Tuesday.

The city's Plan Commission voted 3-1 in favor of approving a combined preliminary/final planned unit development (PUD) for William Andersen's house at 230 W. Juniper Street. (Three of the Commission's seven members were absent.)

Plan Commission member Laurel Brooks, who cast the dissenting vote May 15, says she's not against the move per se, but she says the city has had a history of disallowing "spot zoning" and that granting the request for a PUD instead of getting a zoning amendment for the parcel (currently zoned R-2) is making an "end run" around the rezoning process.

But Plan Commission member Dennis Statz says because Sturgeon Bay is the only area in Door County where you can't run a tourist rooming house as a conditional use, he views it more as a fairness issue.

Statz says the last incidence he can recall of a PUD being granted for a tourist rooming house in a residential area was "a number of years ago" when a house at 9th and Michigan owned by the nearby Scofield House received such a designation. 

A public hearing on the proposed PUD was held April 17.

Tuesday's City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 421 Michigan Street.

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