From the Waupaca County Post:
Wheel House Proposed Parking Lot - Leads to County zoning suggesting a change that would allow off-site commercial parking. Before the owner of the Wheel House Restaurant purchased a property in an area zoned “residential” County zoning approved his proposed commercial parking lot. Then, County zoning changed their mind and will not allow this parking lot. However, a proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance may change that.
From the Waupaca County Post: A restaurant’s off-site parking lot on the Chain O’ Lakes cannot be used under current zoning restrictions. A proposed amendment to the ordinance may change that.
In the summer of 2015, the county zoning office informed Jeff Maiman, owner of the Wheelhouse in Farmington, that he could build an employee parking lot about one-quarter mile from his restaurant.
A Sept. 18 letter to Maiman from County Zoning Director Ryan Brown indicated his “project requires no authorization via the Waupaca County Planning and Zoning Office or administrative Committee’s permitting or rezone process in order to proceed.”
The parking lot is located on the corner of County Trunk Q and Pleasant Park Lane. It is unpaved and provides space for about 40 cars.
Residents in the area opposed the parking lot, arguing that it violated the zoning ordinance because the parcel was zoned residential. “I live in a quiet, residential neighborhood,” said James Pekar, who owns property on Pleasant Park Lane. “That’s why I bought a house here. I shouldn’t have to worry about a parking lot being constructed across the street. They’re unsightly, dangerous, disruptive and they kill your property value.”
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