It is back to square one for stakeholders in Door County looking for solutions to its affordable and seasonal worker crises. Greg and Jamie Schab canceled its real estate deal in Baileys Harbor after the Door County Board voted to approve a zoning ordinance amendment allowing only 20 percent of a campground to consist of camping cabins. That all but crushed a plan for the Schabs to build 16 cabins near Ahrens Road in Baileys Harbor that could have addressed about 20 percent of the housing needs in Door County for seasonal workers. The Door County Economic Development Corporation gave the plan its blessing, but now that it is gone, executive director Jim Schuessler says someone else now needs to step up, or the crisis will continue.
Schuessler says a similar project could live on in an area that is not subject to Door County’s zoning ordinances or if a town board offers a variance to allow it to proceed.