Waukesha Town Board, planners to reconsider wedding venue proposal

By: CARS SPOTO - Freeman Staff

May 5, 2018

WAUKESHA - A Town of Waukesha plan commissioner is looking for reconsideration of his proposed barn-themed banquet hall.

Kenneth Miller is seeking a conditional use permit to open a wedding venue dubbed Lilac Acres Farm, at S47-W23045 Lawnsdale Road.

The Town Board and Plan Commission are slated to consider the request when they gather at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Waukesha Town Hall off Center Road. A public hearing on the request has also been scheduled for the same night.

Town planners shot down Millerís request for the business in February 2017, following a more than four-hour meeting in which residents cited concerns about the project including noise, traffic, lighting and the prospect of intoxicated drivers in the area.

Town Supervisor Brian Fischer also expressed reservations about the project, including the would-be venueís proximity to a nearby neighborhood, frequency of events and hours of operations.

As proposed now, Lilac Acres Farm would host special events - including, but not limited to, weddings - and would be available for reservations seven days a week, although a business plan states that Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays would likely be the most reserved days. The hall would be designed to host 150 guests, with a grass parking area large enough to accommodate 92 cars.

Events could take place as early as 10 a.m., but guests would be required to vacate the building by 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

In the city of Waukesha, previously scheduled gatherings of the Finance Committee and Plan Commission have been canceled, but the cityís Ordinance and Licensing Committee is expected to consider a request from City Attorney Brian Running to have the Common Councilís annual performance review of the city administrator to take place by the end of February each year.

The idea is to have the review take place before a new council is sworn in following spring elections.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Common Council chambers at City Hall, 201 Delafield St.