Hazelhurst’s town board last week voted in a split decision to not support rezoning a 10-acre parcel of land that would effectively allow a gravel pit.
On Tuesday, the town board took up a petition to rezone the property, along U.S. Highway 51, from business to manufacturing.
A representative from County Materials said the company has an option to purchase the property, but that the deal would be unlikely to proceed if the rezone was not successful.
The co-owners of a bed and breakfast near the land under consideration told the town board that the rezone could ruin their business.
“Our guests would be sitting at the breakfast table and the vast majority of Northwoods scenery they’d be looking at would be gone,” said Jason Glisczynski, part owner of the bed and breakfast.
His business partner, Sharon Goetsch, said the bed and breakfast has been open since 1988 and gets about 300 bookings per year.
“Our property is extremely important to us,” she said. “Twenty-seven years of business and it would be down the drain. It really is my livelihood.”
The town’s plan commission had recommended approval of the rezone petition, but citing the town’s
comprehensive plan, Supervisor
Harland Lee and town Chairperson Ted Cushing voted in the opposition direction – to not recommend approval.
Supervisor Gilbert Kettner voted in support of the rezoning, noting that the land could be adversely changed at present. For example, he said, nothing is stopping the current owner from clear cutting the property.
Cushing stressed that the board’s decision was not an assessment of the merits of a gravel pit.
The town’s recommendation will be forwarded to Oneida County’s zoning office. The county will ultimately make the decision as to whether to approve the rezoning request after a public hearing, though the town could possibly override the county under some circumstances, according to Cushing.
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