New subdivision OKd

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

Dec. 15, 2015

GRAFTON A long-planned subdivision for the town of Grafton is moving forward.

The Reserve at Ulao Creek will be a sixlot subdivision at 1115 Highway C using a shared driveway. The Town Board unanimously gave preliminary approval to the plat and its shared driveway application last Wednesday during its regular meeting. Developers Michael and Jo Ann Kuenn will need a second approval from the board, though Town Engineer Kevin Kimmes pointed out during the meeting that preliminary approval is meant to indicate the towns intent to continue approvals, unless there were complications.

I think your development is going to be exceptional for the town, Supervisor Karron Stockwell said at the meeting.

The development had been brought to the Town Board previously in September and October. It failed to get approval the first time because town officials discovered the shared driveway requires a setback from the 50-foot shared drive easement.

The couple requested that the 21.68-acre property will be split into seven lots, six of which will be in the subdivision using the shared drive. In October, the Kuenns had requested that two lots have only a 10-foot setback from the easement because the property layouts limited building space.

The Town Board asked them to have the buildable areas for each lot added to the plat plan to assess the need for the variance.

Id have no problem with it if it was necessary, Supervisor Tom Sykora said at the October meeting.

The Kuenns made several changes to the plan based on board and Plan Commission comments, including increasing the setback variance for the two lots to 15 feet. The also altered some of the lot lines to increase buildable area the lots are laced with wetland areas and natural tree growth and changed a few requirements for future homeowners building on the lots.

Supervisor Tom Grabow pointed out that there were only a handful of shared drives in the town, and the town did not have problems with them.

I think this will work very well, and I dont think well hear from these people again (with problems), he said.

Supervisor Tom Sykora was absent from the meeting.

This is the first new subdivision in the town since the completion of Waterstone some five years ago.

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