By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council took another step forward Tuesday to allow accessory dwelling units on select city lots by a 4-3 vote. The proposed amendment to the current ordinance sets up a number of requirements principal property owners holding a conditional use permit would have to abide by, including living in at least one of the residences, not allowing short-term rentals, and making sure the accessory dwelling followed standard city housing code. District 4 alderperson and City Plan Commission chairperson Rick Wiesner explained why the measure was worked on for over a year.
District 2 alderperson Ron Vandertie told the Council he could not support the measure because of what it could mean to neighborhoods specifically zoned for single-family homes.
Alderpersons Barb Allman and David Ward joined Vandertie with no votes, while Kelly Catarozoli, Stewart Fett, and Laurel Hauser registered yes votes with Wiesner. The amendment change is still subject to a public hearing and two ordinance hearings before it is officially enacted.