Webber Twp. planning commission works on redevelopment plan

WEBBER TWP. -- If Webber Township officials have their way, they soon will see new businesses develop along the M-37 corridor between West 36th Street and West Euclid Street in Baldwin.

The Webber Township Planning Commission is working on a concept plan for redevelopment of the corridor that will include small business plats of less than one acre.

Webber Township Supervisor Ernie Wogatzke said the previous zoning ordinance restricted business development to an acre or more, but with the changes, it will become limited commercial zoned to allow for smaller businesses.

"Small businesses don't need an acre," Wogatzke said. "The business should be able to dictate how much property they need, rather than the ordinance."

Wogatzke said the planning commission has already redone the land use plan for the area, and is now working on the zoning ordinances that will apply. They will be meeting each month for the next three months to incorporate the plan.

"We hope to see smaller businesses like coffee shops, bakeries, etc. moving into the area," Wogatzke said. "Hopefully, this new plan will bring more people on board."

The planning commission will be meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Dec. 16., and welcome public comments and suggestions.