A Fleet Farm on the southern edge of Sturgeon Bay could take more steps forward during Tuesday’s common council meeting.
The City Plan Commission and the Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee have each recommended the council approve the annexation petition for the nearly 38-acre parcel along State Highway 42/57 in the Town of Nasewaupee. If the petition is given its blessing, it will need two-thirds of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council to approve it before it can be rezoned as commercial. According to the annexation study provided in the agenda packet for the meeting, the only improvements needed relate to the site’s water supply. The site has sufficient water and sewer capacity, but the study shows that looping the water main will be required to ensure enough water pressure. The site’s annexation would allow existing water and sewer mains to be extended into the area for future development. The fire and police departments agreed they could serve the area without incurring extra costs. If annexed, the city would be obligated to pay the Town of Nasewaupee a total of $1,073.65, which is the equivalent of five years of taxes.
Once the annexation and the zoning are approved, Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak says the plans for the store will be scrutinized to ensure the proposed Fleet Farm is a good fit for Sturgeon Bay. This includes studies related to its potential traffic concerns, traffic impact, and plans for re-use. Most of these studies have not been required since Wal-Mart opened its supercenter on Egg Harbor Road in 2012.
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting is set for 6 p.m.