Housing tabled after petition


Sept. 22, 2015

GERMANTOWN - A petition has brought plans for a 190-unit apartment complex in Germantown to a standstill, at least temporarily.

The 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 intersection.

The village 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.

The public 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.

Bence 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.

Village 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 rental units.

Village 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.

The signatures would need to be validated to include only those property owners within a certain distances from the proposed development, Sajdak said.

The proposed apartment complex plan could come back before the village board at its Oct. 5 meeting.

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