Colfax Plan Commission supports B&B on Pine Street

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  The Colfax Plan Commission has given its support for a bed and breakfast at 503 Pine Street in a house owned by Susan K. Hill of Colfax.

The Colfax Plan Commission discussed the proposed bed and breakfast at the September 10 meeting.

Unfortunately, the plan commission could not recommend that the Colfax Village Board approve an application for a conditional use permit for the B&B because commission members did not have an application available to review.

Patrick Beilfuss of Cedar Corporation said he had talked to Jackie Ponto, administrator-clerk-treasurer, about Hill’s intention to file an application for a conditional use permit but that he had not received an application or any other materials pertaining to the proposed B&B.

Ponto was out of town at the time of the plan commission meeting and not available to provide additional information.

During a conversation several days later, Hill said she had provided all of the requested information, including maps, but that the packet of information had been locked in the administrator’s office the evening of the plan commission meeting.

Plan commission members wondered about the zoning in the Pine Street area.

The house in question is zoned R3, which is multi-family residential, Beilfuss said.

The property at 503 Pine Street would not require a zoning change to operate as a bed and breakfast, but the village board would have to issue a conditional use permit, he said.

“I am in favor of a bed and breakfast. It would be a good use for the house. I don’t see any reason why it couldn’t be as long as (Hill) meets all of the requirements,” said Gary Stene, plan commission member.

“I would not imagine that it will generate a lot of traffic in the neighborhood,” Beilfuss said, adding that he had driven past the house and was wondering about parking for the B&B.

Hill lives next door to the house that would be the bed and breakfast. The two houses have a shared driveway, and people staying at the bed and breakfast would have access to an off-street parking area that is part of Hill’s property between the two houses, Stene said.

The B&B property also has a two-car garage that could provide parking for people staying at the bed and breakfast.

“We need something where people can stay. I am in favor of it,” said Beverly Schauer, village trustee and plan commission member.

Since the plan commission did not have an application to review, Beilfuss suggested that plan commission members make a recommendation to the village board in support of the bed and breakfast at that location, contingent upon the village board’s review of the conditional use permit application, and if the village board has concerns, to send the item back to the plan commission for further review.

A notice was published in September 10 edition of the Messenger for a public hearing of the Colfax Village Board on September 22 at 7 p.m. for a conditional use permit for a bed and breakfast in an R3 district (single family mixed residential district) at 503 Pine Street owned by Susan K. Hill.