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Wausau to host open house on zoning updates

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WAUSAU — The city of Wausau will hold an open house to allow residents to review a draft on new zoning citywide from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in the City Council Chambers at Wausau City Hall, 407 Grant St.

Two presentations will be held; one at 5:15 p.m., the other at 6:15 p.m., with question-and-answer sessions to follow.

The city’s zoning ordinance was last comprehensively rewritten in the 1960s.

Mayor Robert Mielke said in a news release the city has new plans in the business campus, along the riverfront and in the mall area downtown.

The new zoning ordinance establishes development procedures, creates an environment in
which reinvestment is encouraged, and matches the draft zoning map to the city’s desired future land use pattern.

“We want Wausau to be welcoming for new and infill investment, and have a zoning code that protects our residents to the greatest extent possible,” Mielke said in the news release.

Planning consultants from Vandewalle & Associates will facilitate the open house. No formal action will be taken by the city at this event. A public hearing on the draft zoning ordinance will be held later in the year.

Drafts of the new ordinance, along with updates on a variety of ongoing city planning processes, are at wausaudevelopment.com/Planning/DraftPlans.aspx.

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