A long-planned subdivision for the town of Grafton is moving
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 town’s intent to continue approvals, unless there
your development is going to be exceptional for the town,”
Supervisor Karron Stockwell said at the meeting.
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.
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.
Board asked them to have the buildable areas for each lot added
to the plat plan to assess the need for the variance.
“I’d have no
problem with it if it was necessary,” Supervisor Tom Sykora said
at the October meeting.
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.
Tom Grabow pointed out that there were only a handful of shared
drives in the town, and the town did not have problems with
this … will work very well, and I don’t think we’ll hear from
these people again (with problems),” he said.
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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