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Wausau may regulate portable storage sheds


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - City regulators will decide today whether Wausau should put restrictions on portable storage containers in residential neighborhoods.

The city's Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on a new ordinance that would restrict the size and location of containers.

The city created the ordinance in response to a couple of problems with the containers, said planner Brad Lenz.

“The use of the container is becoming more popular,” he said. “Some restrictions should be applied before the problems become more widespread.”

Under the draft ordinance, residents must get a permit to have the containers on their property for more than 10 days.  The containers cannot be longer than 25 feet nor they can be wider or taller than 10 feet.  Residents can only have one container on their property and it must be more than 5 feet away from a property line.

If the Plan Commission passes the ordinance, it could go to the City Council as early as next Tuesday.