Controversial Zoning Change Paves Way for Self-Storage Facility in Baraboo, Wis.

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The Sauk County, Wis., Board of Supervisors approved a zoning change this week, paving the way for a proposed 300-unit self-storage facility in the town of Baraboo. The decision to change the zoning from agriculture to commercial was controversial because the Baraboo City Council opposes the project. The council does not have jurisdiction over the 29-acre parcel, even though city property borders the site on three sides.

“I’m just glad we can move on to the next step,” developer Tim Moy said.

The city is against the self-storage project in part because the property sits on the main road leading into the south side of the city. Mayor Mike Palm told zoning officials last week he would prefer to see housing, office buildings or open space on the site. The mayor said he is not opposed to a self-storage business in Baraboo but believes the proposed development would negatively “affect the character of the city.”

A Google search showed there are at least two self-storage facilities in the vicinity of the proposed project and at least four self-storage businesses that have a Baraboo street address.

City officials have filed an appeal challenging a previous county decision classifying self-storage facilities the same as warehouses. The proposal to develop the property as self-storage is scheduled to be heard Aug. 23 by the county’s Board of Adjustment.

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