McDonald’s hearing today
Meeting is latest step in controversy over proposed Grafton restaurant development

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

Aug. 27, 2015

GRAFTON — A hearing was scheduled for this morning to consider the contentious issue of the McDonald’s that was planned for the Grafton Commons development.

The hearing, held in the Grafton Village Hall board room at 9:30 a.m., was for an appeal by Continental Grafton against the May 26 Plan Commission decision to deny the conditional use permit for the McDonald’s, which would have been built on the last open parcel of the Grafton Commons PUD, on the north side of Highway 60 just west of Interstate 43.

“They (Continental) contend that the Plan Commission was legally precluded from taking action by the pending litigation,” said Village Administrator Darrell Hofland.

The Plan Commission had originally approved the permit with several conditions, including Village Board approval of a zoning ordinance amendment.

The commission then denied the permit, retroactively vacating the previous decision, due to newly discovered information that the PUD had expired in 2009, three years after its original approval.

The hearing today was before Reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim.

Hofland said Nettesheim, a retired judge, could render a decision at the hearing or in writing shortly after, and both the village and Continental Grafton will have the right to appeal to circuit court if they disagree with the decision.

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