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City to host public hearing on minimum size of studio apartments

You could see smaller apartment units being built in the City of Sturgeon Bay if a portion of the municipal code is amended. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will host a public hearing to amend Chapter 20 of the Municipal Code to create a minimum floor area for efficiency (studio) apartment units of 450 feet square feet in all zoning districts where multiple-family dwellings are allowed. The current minimum is 500 square feet. This would be the second time in the last year that the city looked into amending its ordinances to allow for smaller dwellings to be built. In February, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council passed an ordinance allowing new homes to be built on a smaller footprint of 1,500 square feet. At the time, City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout said it would give developers and homebuilders more options and allow the area’s housing stock to build up due to lower construction costs. The Sturgeon Bay City Council will also receive an update on the Door County Granary and discuss a site lease for a new cell tower at Big Hill Park when they meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. inside their chambers at city hall.

 

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