The city council discussed the amendment at its meeting
November 21, 2019: Officials in Menomonie, Wisconsin, are considering an ordinance amendment that would place limits on the location, size and number of units allowed at self-storage facilities. The amendment was recommended to the council by the planning commission.
Officials in Menomonie, Wisconsin, could make changes to self storage facility regulations. There is an ordinance amendment that would place limits on the location, size and number of units allowed at self-storage facilities. The amended ordinance under consideration allows the number of units at indoor, climate-controlled facilities to 350 per building and restrict their size to 200 square feet or less. Facilities with drive-up unit access would cap units at 200, with size limited to 400 square feet.
The city council discussed about the amendment on November 4th meeting. Council members Lee Schwebs and Brian Kiefer expressed concerns about its scope. Lee Schwebs criticized the amendment as being out of step with community needs, while Mary Solberg acknowledged it could create issues for current business owners. “I think on that matter alone, we’re boxing them in,” she said during the meeting.
Brian Kiefer, owner of Secure Storage in Menomonie, said changing the ordinance would allow an unfair competitive advantage to large storage company chains that buy up empty retail stores spaces to place storage units inside.