seeing housing growth spurt
than 200 homes possible
By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff
MEQUON — Over the past few years,
new housing starts ground to a halt in Mequon and other surrounding
communities, thanks to the economic slowdown.
In just the past few months, however, a miniboom in proposed new
home construction has hit Mequon. In meetings last week, city
officials discussed three separate planned developments that
eventually could bring well over 200 new single-family homes to the
Here are the details:
■ The Mequon Common Council on Nov. 11 unanimously approved zoning
changes for a 56-home development of single-family homes in the
10700 and 10800 blocks of North Wauwatosa roads.
■ The night before, the city’s planning commission discussed another
76-home proposal in the 10600 block of North Wauwatosa Road that is
being advanced by the same developer, Veridian Homes, an established
Madison-area homebuilder that recently has proposed several projects
in the Milwaukee area.
■ Mequon’s assistant director of community development told planning
commission members on Nov. 10 that the Mequon-Thiensville School
District has reached a “tentative agreement” for the sale of a
112-acre parcel of land in the same vicinity that the school
district has owned since the 1960s and recently obtained residents’
permission to sell. Given the size of the parcel and the
one-home-per-acre density allowed by the zoning, that parcel easily
could accommodate more than 100 homes.
Common council members voted unanimously last
week to amend the zoning map for the 56-home project that is in what
has been called the Central Growth Area. That area is bounded by
Wauwatosa Road to the east, Swan Road to the west, Donges Bay Road
to the south and the rear of existing subdivisions that front Mequon
Road to the north.
Sewer and water services will be installed in
the area. Council members also earlier this year changed the zoning
on the parcel to allow lots as small as a third of an acre with an
overall density of one home per acre. The remaining space would be
community green space that would include other amenities, such as
paved walking trails, a pavilion and playground equipment. Council
members also decided to table a second proposal from the same
developer. The planning commission conducted an extensive discussion
of the issue on Nov. 10 that included discussions about the
responsibility for paying for sewer and water, as well as several
other details. City staff and the developer agreed they were on the
same page, but needed time to put some of those details into
writing. The council is expected to take up the development
agreement for that subdivision, which is being called The Estates of
Mequon Preserve, at its meeting in December.
During the planning commission discussion, Jac
Zader, the city’s assistant director of community development, said
the wetlands on the site have been defined. The developer’s plans
also include construction of a boardwalk on some of the community
land on the site that would cross that wetlands area. Other
amenities include a path around the property’s perimeter, a
landscaped median at the entryway, a pavilion and playground
Home and lot packages in the Veridian
developments would likely sell for $420,000 and up, said Kimberly
Tollefson, Mequon’s director of community development.
One commissioner, David Fuchs, said he was “not
thrilled” by the plans, adding that housing appeared to be too
dense. “It looks like Grafton, not Mequon,” he said.
The developer is likely to build two spec homes
on the site prior to receiving final plat approval from the city. A
more detailed plan for the open space on the parcel will be
With the school district’s parcel, M-T School
Board members voted unanimously on Oct. 27 to authorize
Superintendent Demond Means and a lawyer working for the school
district to negotiate the sale of the land that the district has
owned for about 50 years. The 112-acre parcel was bought in two
pieces as the intended site for a second high school, which never
Means said in early October during a non-voting
school board meeting that the district had received one offer for
$2.1 million. The discussion that preceded the Oct. 27 vote made
clear that “several offers” had been received, but was no more
specific. Means told the News Graphic a week earlier that three
offers had been received; he declined to provide similar specifics
about the amount of those offers at that time.
The school board met in closed session Nov. 3
“for the purpose of deliberating and negotiating the potential sale
of vacant land,” according to a notice for that meeting.
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