The city of Winona Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday before making a recommendation on new rules to the mixed business district that includes four blocks around the condominium formerly owned by Dave McNally. Those rules will mandate that the size of apartments be no less than 1,000 square feet, limit dense residential development through a 1,000-square-foot lot area per dwelling unit requirement, and require off-street parking for all uses, including commercial uses.
In previous discussions, city staff explained one of the purposes of limiting density: requiring units to be at least 1,000 square feet in average size would direct residential use of the district toward more affluent people.
In meetings last month, the commission voiced support for the changes, which were drafted and recommended by city staff. If the commission does not postpone making a recommendation following the public hearing, the City Council will consider the potential zoning changes next.
Using special powers, the city enacted an emergency ordinance to halt any potential new development of the condominium or other properties in the district after city staff spoke with the condominium's new owner. The new owner, River Bank of La Crosse, stated at a public meeting in April that they had a deal for the sale and development of the condominium. The existing zoning rules, created by the city in 2008 to spur development of the four-block area, would have allowed for dense development without off-street parking requirements and little in the way of other restrictions.
The public hearing will be held at 4:30 p.m. at city hall on Monday, June 10, in the council chambers.