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Zoning for Fleet Farm and housing project gets final approval

Two second readings for rezoning properties had the same results Tuesday evening by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council, but one had much more discussion before it was approved.

The annexing of the property from the Town of Nasewaupee to the City of Sturgeon Bay, giving temporary rezoning from Agricultural to Commercial for a future Fleet Farm was approved unanimously with no discussion.

The second reading for the 22-unit apartment complex on North 14th Avenue had several questions raised by councilmembers based on the three stipulations that were added to the first reading at the last meeting concerning a partial retaining wall be completed and relocation and cleaning out of debris from a drainage ditch. In public comments, three nearby residents of the proposed development property requested that the council approve the rezoning until all three conditions were fully completed. City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout, and City Engineer Chad Shefchik noted that the Plan Commission would handle the site plan review process and ensure the stipulations are met, including the retaining wall completion, which will probably have to wait until spring.



The Council eventually unanimously approved the rezoning of the property from Agricultural to Multi-Family Residential (R-4) so the property owners, Estes Development, LLP, could move forward on the project.  

The final action Tuesday night by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council was the approval of the incentive package for the housing project that will use $163,000 in the American Rescue Plan Act for design, sewer, and installation of water extensions. The city would recoup those funds from about ten years of future property taxes.  

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