Wauwatosa may follow Richfield's lead in banning fast food

CREATED Apr. 8, 2013

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WAUWATOSA - A proposed ordinance could prevent any new fast food establishments from being built along the east end of North Avenue in Wauwatosa.

Alderman Joel Tilleson introduced the plan. He said he has the support from several community organizations and businesses who call the section of Wauwatosa home.

The proposal is similar to a ban in Richfield. The Washington County community will give it's ordinance the final stamp of approval April 18th.

Village administrator Joshua Schoemann said, "for us it's about protecting our country way of life." He added, "people in Richfield are really interested in maintaining a rural residential feel."

Richfield's ordinance would prevent any fast food establishments from being constructed in four areas considered primarily residential. Schoemann said the ordinance would not ban the establishments completely from Richfield.

The Wauwatosa ban currently being considered is expected to be discussed by the common council in late April. Alderman Tilleson said he has allowed more time for public input at the recommendation of community leaders.

Sister Bay in Door County put into place a ban on fast food establishments back in 2010.