Milwaukee neighborhood tries to change city zoning law

By Sean Ryan

Public policy and public opinion are going head to head over a disputed zoning law in an east side Milwaukee neighborhood.

City aldermen are in the middle of the debate, weighing property owners’ complaints against a law designed to maintain the historic integrity of the neighborhood. The city created the special zoning district for the neighborhood five years ago.

But the district requires, for example, more expensive siding and building materials that make home-renovation projects cost-prohibitive, said neighborhood resident Douglas Pietz. He said the city has a responsibility to enforce building and zoning laws but not if those laws place a heavy burden on property owners.

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