A petition has brought plans for a 190-unit apartment complex in
Germantown to a standstill, at least temporarily.
petition, signed by 99 village residents, is in opposition to
the development of Saxony Village proposed by Scott Bence, agent
for JBJ Development and Heritage Place Joint Venture. It would
be built at N116 W16200 Main St., just south of the Park Avenue
board voted unanimously Monday night to postpone a decision on a
rezoning until the validity of the petition is determined, a
step Village Attorney Brian Sajdak recommended.
More than a
half dozen people, mostly condominium owners who would be
prospective neighbors to the apartment complex, spoke out
against the development during a public hearing before the
village board Monday night, venting their concerns regarding its
impact on their property values, traffic, the school district
and crime rates.
hearing was for the rezoning of two parcels of land from a
business designation to multi-family residential to be included
with a larger parcel, which already has the multi-family zoning,
to become Saxony Village.
presented to the village board a redesigned plan for the complex
that includes three two-story buildings and two three-story
buildings. “We have shifted the buildings around to create more
of a sense of place,” Bence told the board. He also noted that,
in addition to underground parking, the outdoor parking would be
relocated to the center of the complex.
resident Dan Wing, during the public hearing portion of the
meeting, told the board he questioned how the number of
allowable units for the development was arrived at, noting that
in a recent community survey, 72 percent of village residents
who took it indicated they did not think Germantown needed more
President Dean Wolter had to gavel the public hearing to order
at least once due to applause for those who spoke against the
development from the standing-room-only crowd.
The task of
verifying the validity of the signatures on the petition,
presented in part to the village clerk Thursday afternoon with
additional signatures turned in Friday and Monday afternoon,
will be a complex one, Sajdak told the board.
signatures would need to be validated to include only those
property owners within a certain distances from the proposed
development, Sajdak said.
proposed apartment complex plan could come back before the
village board at its Oct. 5 meeting.
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