The Minocqua plan commission on Tuesday voted 5 to 1 to send a conditional use permit (CUP) from TJ’s Butcher Block to the town board for its consideration.
The dissenting vote was from Minocqua public works director and plan commission member Mark Pertile. He’d expressed at one point during the course of a discussion lasting over an hour the different conditions being proposed for the five lots involved more time taken to look at the matter more thoroughly.
Basically, the intent by the business is to use three of the lots, most of which comprise the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and County Road J, for short term, seasonal sales.
Tim Krolczyk, owner of TJ’s Butcher Block and Northwoods Foods, told the plan commission he’d purchased the property from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation “a little over a year ago.”
“This past spring, I went to the DOT and purchased all the other remnants there ... we’d like to do something to help pay the taxes on it,” he said.
As for future plans for the property on the corner, Krolczyk said he wasn’t sure if he was going to put it on the market or not.
Uncertainty about what someone might do with the property once Krolczyk does sell it played a large role in the discussion and helped lead toward a list of conditions for the property which may not apply to Krolczyk as the current owner but to anyone in the future.
Carla Blankenship, a land use specialist with the Oneida County Planning and Zoning Department, clarified once the property is sold, the CUP could be reworked.
While Pertile advocated for more time to consider the CUP application before passing it to the town board, commission member Tom Church said if this CUP application advances, there would be other businesses looking to do something similar.
“Like south on (Hwy.) 51,” he said. “That’s an ideal place to put something like that. So, to me, an ordinance would be more of a lasting thing where you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time someone applies for one of these. As long as they conform to the ordinance, they’re home free.”
Church acknowledged it would take longer to establish an ordinance.
“Maybe we ought to approach it from both ways,” he said.
“It would be interesting to see what type of ordinance you’d draw up ... each specific industry is different,” Krolczyk said.
Church used food carts or food trucks as an example.
TJ’s has had three different food truck vendors on its property over the course of the past two or three years.
“How many food trucks are you going to have?” Church asked.
“I don’t think I could find five in town,” Krolczyk said.
“That’s you,” Church said. “That’s not someone down the road coming in and taking over your property.”
While future ownership of the property is a consideration, in the meantime, another issue for the business is timing; they’d like to be able to use the property for seasonal sales yet this year.
As it is, once the CUP application gets past the town board level, it still needs to go to the Oneida County Planning and Zoning Department and Sept. 18 is the soonest it would make it onto that committee’s meeting agenda.
By meeting’s end, town chairman Mark Hartzheim worked up a list of conditions Krolczyk and TJ’s manager Larry Stenz indicated they were agreeable to and will be part of the town board’s consideration regarding the CUP application this upcoming Tuesday.
Commission member Bill Stengl, also a town board member, said it was “important to keep the process moving here.”
“Let’s all think about this over the next week and address it at the town board,” he said.
The plan commission also Tuesday:
• Approved a new mobile siting permit application from AT&T for construction of a 260 foot self-supported tower on vacant land off of Trant Road owned by Richard and Joanne Strucel.
•Approved an application from Ryan Brill to rent a dwelling at 9120 Point Drive as a tourist rooming house for no less than seven days.
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