A proposed luxury apartment
development on the land at the south end of the Westbrook
Church property on Highway 83 was considered by the
Delafield Plan Commission on Wednesday.
DELAFIELD - Despite a proposal to build 144
multifamily units near a church on Highway 83 not meeting
the guidelines set by the city’s master plan, the Plan
Commission on Wednesday directed staff to continue the
conversation about the project with the developer.
Wangard Partners wants to construct the four
buildings each with 36 units on nearly 11 acres of land not
utilized by Westbrook Church on Highway 83. Wangard is seeking
to rezone the land for the high-end to luxury apartment units.
Mark Lake with Wangard Partners said the
development would be on the southern end of the Westbrook Church
property, which he said was underused. He told the commission he
understands that according to the city’s master plan the city is
already maxed out on the number of multifamily units, but a
study the development firm paid for says there is demand in the
Delafield area for more units.
City Planner Roger Dupler said he found the study
to be reputable and well researched. He said the data used for
the comprehensive plan is from the 2000 census and the data may
have since changed.
“We are doing quite well in the number of
communities in southeastern Wisconsin as it relates to building
multifamily developments,” Lake said. “We know where apartments
should go. It’s what’s Wangard does.”
When Westbrook Church was constructed, Lake said
it was believed that the congregation would continue to grow,
but has not increased as anticipated. Lake said Wangard
approached the church about buying a piece of its land.
The church’s land is zoned institutional and is
not taxed. Lake said by changing the zoning to residential, the
city would gain tax money from it.
During the discussion Wednesday, Dupler pointed
out that the area is covered by the Highway 83 Compact with the
Town of Delafield and Hartland. He said before any changes are
made to the master plan for that area, those communities have
the right to review and share their comments about the
development; however, they do not have authority to reject the
Plan Commissioner and Alderman Tim Aicher pointed
out that when the church was approved in 2004, the plans
included a build-out of the church. He suggested comparing the
traffic that was estimated by that expansion to the proposed
Dupler said he would continue to work with the
developer and share historical information as well as help relay
information to the Town of Delafield and Hartland.
Also during Wednesday’s meeting, the commission
approved changes to the ordinance governing sidewalk signs to
specify the city’s oversight and ramifications if a sign owner
does not follow the rules. The amended ordinance specifies what
materials the sign can be made of and that it must be properly
weighted. The sign owner must also have $1 million in liability
insurance, take the sign in at the end of business hours and
maintain the sign.
Mayor Michele DeYoe said the ordinance was
revised after the city received numerous complaints about
sandwich boards falling over, not getting taken in at night and
placed inappropriately. The commission recommended approval to
the Common Council.
The commission also discussed electrical signs
with changing messages and the ordinance governing them. The
consensus was that content has not been a problem with the
existing signs, but more research must be conducted to determine
if they may interfere with drivers’ safety.
business plan of operation was approved for Red Wing Shoes, a
footwear retailer, at 2742 Hillside Road.
was given for a sign for Endurance House, an athletic retailer,
in the Hillside Shopping Center.