La Crosse City Council members got more than they
expected at a meeting last night....
A rezoning proposal for the county administrative
center downtown ....raised more questions...than answers.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt has the details....brittany??
Mike and Lisa,
At the city council meeting, one of the main objectives
was a re-zoning proposal for the La Crosse County
It's really the first major piece of approval the
county needs from the common council to move forward
with a proposed plan to get a new administrative facility.
In a preliminary vote, members were in favor of the
re-zoning...13 to 3...but that didn't stop others
from bringing up major concerns about the entirety
of the project.
I guess I am a little surprised.
At a City Council Meeting Tuesday night...
the La Crosse County Adminstrator....wasn't exactly
sure what he walked into....
I don't mean to be disrespectful, but I wasn't expecting
the major questions about the entire process since
we are only dealing with the zoning issue.
The purpose of the meeting was to decide whether or
not to grant a re-zoning proposal for the administrative
STEVE -- Currently the building is zoned for governmental
use, it's not zoned for a private entity to own for
The re-zoning would allow builders to put residential
units on the first floor....
La Crosse's Mayor says its not a typical move.
I don't know that I am necessarily opposed to that
but the fact that we don't have a zoning district
that currently accomodates that request and we have
to come up with a new zoning district by Dec.
1st, has me concerned.
But that wasn't the only concern Mayor Kabat brought
It's a muti-step process for the county to have a
Right now, the proposed plan is to move the administrative
offices into the associated bank on 6th street....
In return the bank wants a spot on Lot C once it is
I really feel those things should be stanindg alone,
but the way the county has approached thisis that
they are all related.
Mayor Kabat believes an approval...will only lead
to the next step without any consideration.
I think for the council if they say yes, they are
agreeing to everything else moving forward.
The second step in the process of the county purchasing
the associated bank property removes a currently taxable
property off of the tax roll and makes it tax exempt.
However, O'Malley says it's only the beginning of
a very long process...
It doesn't commit you to anything beyond that, but
it says you agree with at least that first step of
In La Crosse, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
The La Crosse City Council has another meeting tomorrow
where they will make a final decision about the re-zoning
proposal for the administrative building.
To help answer any other questions.
the Lot C Advisory Committee will hold a meeting tomorrow
night at p-m to explain the process in detail.
All city council members are invited to attend.