Here’s a way to avoid any more confusion about what it’s going to take to build a new public library building in Brookfield. The village board can reject the various conditions set on it by the Planning and Zoning Commission and simply approve the plan the library has submitted.

Because, let’s face it, as a plan it’s fine. There’s no reason for the village board to deny it and there’s no reason to expect that the village board would do any such thing. Trustees unanimously approved the preliminary plan, which called for a slightly larger building.

The scaled-back version is not substantially different from the preliminary plan, and the conditions imposed by the Planning and Zoning Commission seek in some ways to mandate design elements, which is really outside of their scope.

So in the wake of the commission’s imposition of conditions, the library and village have spent two months trying to finesse the language of the ordinance that needs to be passed in order to give the library the leeway it needs to build the design it prefers.

Why bother with any of that? The library has its design, and it’s reasonable from a planning perspective. There’s no point in redesigning this building by committee at this stage. 

Once the village OKs the final plan, the library board will settle on what it’s going to cost to build the new facility and draft a referendum question to reflect that.

Then the library board will go to voters. That’s who will decide whether or not this building gets built.