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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Village Board approved a resolution that would allow village planners to establish conditional requirements for businesses that distribute retail or wholesale merchandise made or stored within facilities in a specialized manufacturing district.

The board’s approval Monday night initiates the process for village staff to research and recommend specific standards that would need to be met for conditional use permits to be issued.

“The village staff is proposing to establish certain standards for the Plan Commission to grant a conditional use permit to allow certain uses in the M-5 (zoning district),” said Jean Werbie-Harris, the village’s community development director.

The proposal comes on the heels of zoning concerns for a flagship distribution center for Fresenius Kabi, a pharmaceutical company which expects to operate an order processing, assembly and fulfillment center on a 125-acre site in the Stateline 94 Corporate Park planned for the east frontage road of Interstate 94 between 110th and 122nd Streets. The 590,595-square-foot center is being developed by Venture One Real Estate and CRG.

Last month, the Plan Commission revisited preliminary site and operation plans for Fresenius Kabi while approving the first phase of Stateline 94 Corporate Park. Commissioners had concerns about how the facility was represented and whether it was consistent with the current zoning. The proposed facility is planned in an M-5 zoning district.

According to village zoning requirements for M-5, production and manufacturing, assembly, office and research and development are allowed, but with limited warehouse and distribution uses. No more than 30 percent of the building can be used for storage and distribution.

Werbie-Harris said Fresenius Kabi’s proposal is just one of the uses that would fall under the changes requiring conditional use permits, which they would apply for. She said there are other proposals, which have yet to come before the commission or the board.

“They (Fresenius Kabi) are one of the uses, but we actually have three different ones that we’re working on that are looking to make some modifications to address the uses,” she said. “When we created the M-5 district, we wrote it pretty narrowly. But we wanted to make sure we aren’t missing some opportunity to attract certain uses to the village that we feel (are appropriate).”

The Plan Commission is expected to hold a public hearing on the proposed changes later this summer.

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