SUMMIT - There was
a stalemate of viewpoints on the Village Board Thursday about
the proposed Tree Ridge subdivision, which eventually resulted
in Village President Jack Riley ending the battle by agreeing to
deny the proposed overlay zoning for the development.
Administrator Henry Elling said the zoning overlay for the
development, as recommended by the Plan Commission, had
reductions in lot size, rear yard setback and impervious surface
A majority of
Summit residents spoke against the subdivision, which was
proposed as 18 single-family lots on 18 acres of land along
Waterville Road, south of Interstate 94. More than 70 people
observed the debate about the development during the board
joined Trustee Scott Piefer in voting for the reductions and
Trustees Susan Moran and Kraig Arenz Sr. voted against them. In
the end, the subdivision overlay zoning reductions were denied
with Riley, Moran and Arenz favoring the denial.
believe we are preserving more this way with the smaller lots,
Piefer said. He said he felt they had more control and
supervision with the smaller lots, including open space, as
opposed to Arenz and Moran, who said the larger lots were what
the residents wanted.
Matthew Katz also spoke at the meeting and said he wanted the
board to recognize the precedent for smaller lot sizes that a
vote for them would set for future development. Katz is also on
the Delafield Plan Commission and said he was the preservation
of rural character.
I am asking
(for) a plan consistent with the rural character of Summit that
residents expect in a development, Katz said.
resident John Eull, one of the creators of a website against the
www.savesummitpropertyvalues.org, also spoke at the meeting.
is substantially different than anything that exists in the
village of Summit, Eull said.
Arenz said the
developer, Jon Spheeris, and land owner, Bill Toson, should
comply with the current process of the zoning without allowing
them the three reductions because in the end, it would indeed be
setting a precedent, specifically the smaller lot sizes.
I think the
(disturbance of construction) will be similar either way, Arenz
said in reference to larger or smaller lots. I would rather
have them meet the criteria and not come before us.
current zoning, Spheeris will still be able to build the
subdivision, just without the reductions.