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Elk Mound approves rezone from B-1 to residential

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND  —  Based on a recommendation from the Elk Mound Plan Commission, the Elk Mound Village Board has approved a rezone for property along Menomonie Street from Business-1 to single family residential.

Patrick Lien appeared before the plan commission July 20 to ask for the rezone of W418 Menomonie Street.

The plan commission met prior to the village board to discuss Lien’s petition for a rezone and to make a recommendation.

Lien said he was ready to sign papers for the property, which is on the north side of Menomonie Street (old state Highway 12) on the west side of the village, when someone noticed that the property was zoned for business and not for residential.

The process for purchasing the property abruptly came to a halt, Lien said.

Most of the homes located along Menomonie Street are zoned B1, said Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer.

The village board made the decision to keep those properties zoned business to encourage commercial development along Menomonie Street, she said.

The only time the B1 zoning would present a problem for the homeowners would be if the house was destroyed by fire or blew down in a storm or suffered some other disaster that made it uninhabitable. At that point, the homeowners would not be able to rebuild a residential unit on a parcel zoned for business, Hahn explained.

Lien said he could envision eventually developing the property for a commercial venture, but since he is applying for a Fannie Mae loan (Federal National Mortgage Association), he would have to refinance the property with another company if he planned to open a business.

Hahn noted that she had already received calls from the lender about obtaining copies of the minutes from the plan commission meeting and the village board meeting.

In order to close by July 31, the paperwork needed to be completed the day after the village board meeting, Lien said, noting that he has already given a downpayment to the seller.

Terry Stamm, village trustee and plan commission member, wondered if the lot was large enough to be divided into two parcels.

According to the village’s ordinances, there is enough square footage for two separate parcels, Hahn said.

The village’s “welcome sign” is located on the property he is in the process of buying, and the storage units are directly west of the property, Lien noted.

The process for a rezone is that the person requesting the rezone fills out an application with the village. Property owners within 200 feet of the rezone are notified and informed of the public hearing on the rezone so they can attend the meeting and express their opinions if they choose, Hahn said.

No one from the general public attended either the plan commission meeting or the village board meeting.

A formal public hearing on Lien’s request for the rezone was not listed on the agenda for either the plan commission meeting or the village board meeting, and neither the plan commission nor the village board actually held a public hearing.

The Elk Mound Plan Commission unanimously approved a motion to recommend that the Elk Mound Village Board approve a rezone for the property.

The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved a motion to grant the rezone from B1 to R1 for the property at W418 Menomonie Street.