By Tim Kowols
The city of Sturgeon Bay is taking a step towards addressing its housing shortage Wednesday when its plan commission discusses new amendments on its accessory dwelling zoning ordinance. Currently, the city does not permit the commonly known “granny flats” or “mother-in-law suites” without going through the planned unit development (PUD) zoning code. The new changes will allow property owners to apply for conditional use permits for accessory dwellings while still being subject to public hearings. City Planner Ryan Kernosky says the community has been mostly supportive of the proposed changes.
Kernosky says the goal is to address long-term rental needs and for the accessory dwelling to not match or exceed the size of the current building on the site. Other agenda items for the city plan commission meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday include presentations and public hearings for conditional use requests by Whitetails Unlimited and Doneff Land Company and a conceptual PUD for the Door County Maritime Museum’s tower project.