Prairie Creek Ridge development adapts plan
Land development partners: Oconomowoc ‘a great place to build’

By Amber Gramza - Freeman Staff

Dec. 3, 2013

OCONOMOWOC - The land development partners have made a few changes to the Prairie Creek Ridge development, a proposed single-family residential subdivision near the northwest corner of Lake Drive and Brown Street, after meeting with city staff recently.

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Michael Kaerek, president of Kaerek Homes Inc. in West Allis, said the development will come in two or three phases.

“We took all of their feedback into consideration and have come back with an improved plan,” Kaerek said about the staff meeting.

There were originally 152 single-family lots for the residential subdivision which, as of now, has been reduced to 146 lots.

“After the staff comments and our own internal meetings, we decided to increase the lot sizes slightly which resulted in the loss of six lots, totalling 146 now,” he said.

Kaerek is partnering with Mike Bickler, president of The Stonewood Companies in Hartland. Bickler is also on the Oconomowoc School Board and for Oconomowoc Lake he is on the Plan Commission and Village Board.

“This is a renaissance period right now,” Bickler said about Oconomowoc. “We have a lot of exciting things happening with the schools and downtown. It is just an exciting place to be.”

Kaerek said they hope to start construction in April and  hope building permits will be available in the fall of 2014.

For a style guide of the homes, Kaerek compared them to other projects he has worked on nearby, including houses at Longmeadow neighborhood or Lakewood Estates.

Both partners said Oconomowoc was a “a great place to build.”

Bickler  views the development as a vote of confidence in the city.

Kaerek said the development will now have two cul-de-sacs instead of the three originally propose,  and they relocated a road to connect with some of the open land to the east near Highway P/Brown Street.

According to the staff meeting minutes, the current zoning is urban reserve, so rezoning would be required. Nearby wetlands will need to be verified and delineated. The access point for the development would align with Prairie Creek Boulevard.

Some approvals at the county level may be needed. City staff noted that park land dedication for the project would be 5.2 acres. 

Staff requested sidewalks along Lake Drive for the entire length of the property and on both sides of the street within the development. Staff also recommended further discussion of future phases and the creation of an overall master plan to designate land for a regional park, according to the minutes.