Concerns about housing plans
13 buildings would be on 19-acre plot

By ALEX ZANK - Daily News

July 8, 2015

WEST BEND - A crowd of almost 30 residents attended the West Bend Plan Commission meeting Tuesday night to hear about plans for a proposed 144-unit multi-family residential complex.

Plans from Basco Development LLC to construct 13 buildings on a 19.3-acre parcel near the intersections of Sylvan Way and West Progress Drive were discussed at the meeting at City Hall.

The development does not align with the 2020 Comprehensive Plan and would require an amendment before construction.

Business and Development Planner Jim Reinke said staff had concerns the buildings’ designs may have a “cookie-cutter effect.”

“They are pretty much the same building style throughout,” he said. “Staff would recommend some type of architectural variety.”

Charles Boysa with Basco Development attended the event to address any concerns commissioners had. He said the photographs the company submitted would not be replicas of what they would build.

“We’re willing to do different color schemes and different facades that will break it up,” he said at the meeting.

Commissioners were also concerned with the lack of transition between the single- family and multi-family residences.

Boysa said the developer recognizes the issue, but the development makes the most economic sense.

“We do understand typically you’d like to single-, to two-, to multi-(family housing), but in today’s market, duplexes … are almost functionally obsolete,” he said.

Residents, primarily from the Rolling Hills subdivision just south of the site of the planned development, have voiced concerns.

In a Tuesday Daily News article, Rolling Hills residents said they were concerned with increased traffic in the area and the appearance of the building not fitting in with the neighborhood aesthetic.

According to a Plan Commission memo, the developer’s plan identifies Kingfisher Drive to serve the developments and provide a second access to Rolling Hills.

Mayor Kraig Sadownikow, addressing the crowd, said the commission will have at least two public hearings on the development.

“Tonight, this was a concept submittal,” he said. “It’s really intended to promote discussion between the Plan Commission, staff and the developer. It’s not an approve-or-deny situation.”

A zoning amendment, site plan, certified survey map and developer’s agreement must be approved before construction starts, according to the memo.

Commissioners OK hotel changes

Plan Commission members approved a site plan for a canopy over the Quality Inn lobby entrance at 2433 W. Washington St., on the condition the hotel has at least 52 parking stalls in its lot.

Reinke said the canopy’s construction would eliminate five parking stalls, bringing its total down to 50.

“The zoning code requires one parking stall for each hotel room plus additional parking for each staff person,” he said. “This hotel has 49 rooms and they staff three people each shift, which would require 52 parking stalls.”

Alderman Ed Duquaine, who also serves on the commission, had concerns about making an exception to the zoning codes for this hotel.

“I’d hate the potential to set a precedent on allowing this one site to operate with the less than recommended parking stalls,” he said.

Duquaine made a motion to approve the canopy construction as long as the hotel adds stalls to bring the lot capacity to 52.

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