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June 1, 2021
Trinity of Politics:
money, power take the field at the Plan Commission on June 1 to decide the
fate of Sunseekers-site development proposal
By DAVIDA AMENTA
Wis. (June 1, 2021) – The brawl over a proposed development at the
Sunseekers site, at Capitol and Stowell, will reconvene June 1st back at
the Plan Commission, after the Board of Appeals bounced the matter back to
the Plan Commission on May 4th. Story
Can the school district balance its
budget without out-of-district kids?
By DAVIDA AMENTA
School District is counting on families to re-enroll students who left
local schools last year, purportedly due to the district’s decision to
offer only virtual instruction throughout most of the school year. But
what else is at play? Story
site proposed development:
Residents Pushed Back: what will Plan
Plan Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 6/1/2021, to decide whether a four-story
apartment proposed for northwest corner of E. Capitol and N. Stowell gets
an exemption from zoning requirements that apply to everyone else.
Who has more influence?
Residents, or developers who make
campaign donations to trustees who will vote on the issue?
Dueling lawyer letters:
Bayer | Atty. Joseph R.
Did village attorney violate ethics rules?
Download the agenda
May 27, 2021
Davis Gets New Oshkosh Gig
By DAVIDA AMENTA and
SHOREWOOD, WIS. (May 27, 2021) – After six years on the job,
School Superintendent Bryan Davis has quit to assume that position with
Oshkosh Area School District. Davis, who holds a doctorate in urban
education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will stay on the job
through June. Full
Can we save the bluff mansions?
Jeff Stein, a long-time Arcosanti
buff and apprentice to Italian architect Paolo Solari, has
some big ideas about “progress” in places like Shorewood. As our village
faces new development
and increased traffic, we discuss what it would take to bring about an
arcology – a self-contained community that gets over cars, single-family
housing, and commuting. By bringing architecture and ecology together, can Shorewood
be saved from ultimately being washed into the lake?
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Board of Appeals remands Sunseekers’
exemption to Plan Commission for more parking hearings.
Wis. (May 4, 2021) – The
Board of Appeals today voted 3-1 to remand to the Plan Commission for
further action its decision to exempt a proposed four-story apartment at
the northwest corner of East Capitol Drive and North Stowell Avenue from
minimum parking requirements.
board instructed the Plan Commission to re-open the record, to allow
additional evidence, and to hold a public hearing, if necessary, to
determine whether the exemption is warranted.
makeup of the Plan Commission has changed since the body found the parking
exemption was warranted.
Village President Allison Rozek and Trustee Kathy Stokebrand sat on the
previous Plan Commission. When Ann McKaig was elected president in April,
she gave herself a seat on the commission, and replaced Stokebrand with
Trustee Tammy Bockhorst. Bockhorst in the past lobbied the Plan Commission
to approve the exemption. See
April 11, 2021, story by Davida Amenta