GRAFTON Plans for a new subdivision in the town of
Grafton are stalling due to complications from a shared
Michael and Jo Ann Kuenn have applied to the town to
split their 21.69acre property on Highway C into seven
lots. One of the lots which will include the current
residence would remain a normal town lot. The other
six lots would be a subdivision with a shared driveway.
subdivision would have an average lot size of 2.98
acres, according to information from the town, which is
in line with the residential zoning the Kuenns intend to
have the subdivision changed to.
do find it in keeping with the current comprehensive
plan, Town Engineer Kevin Kimmes said of the proposed
development during a Plan Commission meeting Sept. 2.
individual lots would range in size and shape, designed
to preserve the natural wetland and green space while
giving each access to the shared driveway. The
development plan included a homeowners association plan
for the six lots with requirements and limitations for
the property such as a ban on chickens and minimum
home sizes as well as property layouts showing
buildable areas, locations where septic systems could be
installed and the layout of the shared drive, which had
already been approved by the fire department as required
by town ordinance.
Several town residents spoke at the Plan Commission
meeting as well, expressing concerns about lighting
suggested in the plan and potential drainage problems,
although the current development plan does not include a
large enough amount of built surface to require a
stormwater management plan.
(The plan) is very consistent with what has been done
and the surrounding area, Kimmes said.
development plan was approved by the Plan Commission
contingent on punch list items and sent forward to the
Town Board for its first review, but there it was
Between the two meetings, town staff discovered an issue
with the driveway setback. A town ordinance passed in
2012 states that a shared drive serving between five and
seven homes must have a 50-foot easement and that a
setback is required it does not specify what
dimensions the setback must have.
development plans the Kuenns submitted include the
easement, but no setback. While the current plan allows
for the required 40,000 square feet of buildable space
on each lot, that could change if a setback is added.
it does cause a problem for the development, it is
possible for a variance to the ordinance to be obtained,
but the Town Board decided that was an issue for the
Plan Commission to consider.
This is a unique development and it looks very
attractive, but it should probably be sent back to Plan
Commission, said Town Chairman Lester Bartel.
board voted to do so unanimously. They also discussed
briefly some possible limitations being placed on the
subdivision, including that the shared drive could not
be paved in the future as that would significantly
raise the amount of hard surface and therefore potential
drainage issues and a prohibition placed on the
property deeds that the lots could not be further
divided in the future.
development will go back to Plan Commission, after which
it will still require two reviews by the Town Board as a
town plat, according to board comments.
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