With little ado, the city of Winona Planning Commission voted to recommend changes to the mixed-use business district (or B-2.5 district) that includes the condominium formerly owned by Dave McNally. The proposed zoning rules would limit dense residential development by requiring 1,000 square feet of lot space per unit, mandate large apartments with a 1,000-square-foot average unit size, and require parking for both residential and commercial uses in the district. Under the proposed rules, parking is required to be adjacent to properties, with an exception for medical and educational campuses.
After the property was acquired by River Bank of La Crosse this spring, the city moved quickly to enact an emergency moratorium on new development of the four-block district, and draft new zoning rules to address parking and density concerns. River Bank said it had a deal for the development of the property. Some feared that deal was to convert the property into scores of student housing units that would be exempted from any parking space requirements.
The unrestrictive B-2.5 district was created in response to McNally’s 2008 proposal to develop the condominium.
The commission’s vote was unanimous and no one spoke at a public hearing held on the proposed changes.
The Winona City Council is expected to consider the recommendation by the end of the month. City staff has recommended quick decision-making throughout the process in order to insure that any new zoning rules are in place before the moratorium on development expires.