Looking to attract development, the Village of Caledonia ordinance requiring industrial properties to have 40 percent green space may be on its way out.

The legislative and licensing committee voted to recommend repealing an ordinance that limits the amount of impermeable surfaces in developing industrial properties in the Village. To be repealed, the recommendation would need to be approved by the Village Board following a public hearing on the matter.

If repealed, industrial developments would no longer be required to have 40 percent green space. However, the development would still need to meet architecture, drainage, design and landscaping requirements. The repeal would apply to all properties zoned industrial in the village, some of which had not been able to be developed because of the current ordinance.

“Back years ago when there were conservation subdivisions, you always wanted to have green space set aside so there wasn’t too much impervious surface on the property because it would affect runoff,” said Kevin Wanggaard, who is on the village board, and the legislative and licensing committee. “So you didn’t want a gigantic parking lot corner to corner.”

The committee is also recommending that the village post signs on properties throughout the village in the village right-of-way notifying residents when public hearings are to be held on rezoning, conditional use permit applications, and planned unit development applications.

“We had some issues where we had public hearings that were published in the paper, but people said they didn’t see it or know it was going on,” Wanggaard said.

Both issues will be discussed at the village board meeting at 7 p.m. March 17at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave. A public hearing on both issues has also been set for 6 p.m. March 26 also at East Side.

 

 

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