After 4 Hours, Shipwrecked Decision Tabled

Plan commission will meet again Oct. 12

After four hours of lengthy and often contentious deliberation, the Egg Harbor Plan Commission tabled discussion of an expansion proposal from the owners of Shipwrecked Brew Pub. The commission will take up the issue again during an Oct. 12 meeting. 

The owners of Shipwrecked have proposed adding a beer garden with 92 additional seats on the property next door, which was previously home to Christine’s Casuals. The plan requires a conditional-use permit for expanded use of a restaurant and Special Development District Relief because the parking lot does not meet the 75-foot road-setback requirement. 

The plan would bring the total seats on the property to 394. It also adds 16 parking spaces to the property, bringing its total to 27 – well short of the 104 required by village ordinance. The proposal aims to make up the deficit through 13 shared parking spaces at Fat Louie’s and six employee spaces at housing that was formerly the Cape Cod Motel on the south end of the village. The remaining 58.5 required spaces would be achieved by paying a $50 Fee in Lieu of Parking (FILOP). The proposal was made before Egg Harbor updated its FILOP ordinance to raise the fee to $250 and cap it at 30 spaces.

The proposal has garnered opposition from neighboring business owners who say the plan will add to an already serious parking shortage in the village core.

One Barrel Updates Parking Proposal

Peter Gentry of One Barrel Brewing Company submitted updated plans for a proposed parking-lot expansion and construction of a storage building on his taproom property in the village. The plan adds seven more parking spaces than were included in the proposal from earlier in September, bringing the total number of spaces on the property to 47. Gentry said he was able to find room for the spaces by excavating more land on the hill behind his building. Because the plan has changed, a new public hearing was scheduled for Oct. 12, 6 pm. 

Alpine Seeks Rezoning for Portion of Property

The owners of the Alpine Resort have asked the village to rezone two abandoned golf holes to the west of the resort. The parcel is zoned recreational commercial, and the owners would like to change it to six residential lots for single-family homes. The plan commission forwarded a recommendation to approve the change to the village board, which will schedule a public hearing for the community to weigh in on the request. 

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