By Tim Kowols
An ordinance that would place most of Sturgeon Bay’s west side business corridor into a Premier Economic Development District (PEDD) will get its second reading in front of the Common Council on Tuesday. By establishing near 40 acres of the west waterfront as a PEDD, it would grant the area two additional liquor licenses in accordance with a recently passed state statute. During the ordinance’s first reading earlier this month, Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak told the Common Council that as far as he could tell, there would be no repercussions against the city if the PEDD was established and it did not reach the state’s benchmark of $20 million in estimated value of new construction.
In a recent letter to the editor, Nancy Aten from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront challenged the placement of the PEDD as it relates to potential public trust doctrine issues that are a part of its litigation against the city. Tuesday’s meeting begins at noon inside the council chambers at Sturgeon Bay City Hall.