City of Wautoma residents voice concerns about zoning change

A number of city residents attended the City of Wautoma Planning Commission public hearing on June 17 at city hall to voice their concerns about a proposed zoning change for the property located at 327 S. Waupaca. The property, formerly a nursing home facility, has been zoned (RS-8) and was being proposed for a change to RS-M Residential Multi-Family.

The property is currently owned by Dawn Sabel and her husband. The owners are proposing the facility be updated and transformed to a residence for veterans and in some cases, their families. “We plan to put $1.7 million into the building to bring it up to date and to build living space for up to 100 veterans,” said Sabel.

Sabel told the council that they are unable to proceed with their plans until the zoning is changed to RS-M Residential Multi-Family. She told the council they have been working with and consulting architects, electricians, and other professionals and are designing a number of 12’ x 22’ single rooms with kitchenettes and bathrooms and four townhouses. She added that they intend to have a large kitchen, provide cleaning services, transportation to appointments when needed, counseling services, vocational counseling, a lounge area with board games and TV, and other amenities.


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