HARTLAND — The Village Board
voted to approve rezoning to allow an apartment development to
proceed downtown despite a few residents raising concerns during
The board voted to approve changing of the land use designation
for three properties abutting Oak Street and Lawn Street from
medium-density residential to mixed use commercial/ residential,
as well as to approve the vacation of the Oak Street
right-of-way and rezoning the properties from central business/mixeduse
district to B-3 central business/mixed-use district with a
planned unit development overlay. Trustee Ann Wallschlager voted
against all three motions.
She said she did not feel questions she had raised during the
last Village Board meeting about whether there was adequate
parking for the development had been answered by the developer,
The plans for River Walk Apartments on East Capitol Drive
include 77 units divided between three buildings. A new building
consisting of a first floor with commercial space and a second
floor with three apartment units would be built where a
commercial building currently stands, but instead would be
constructed to be parallel with East Capitol Drive.
Daryl Clasen, an East Capitol Drive resident, said he was
“mystified at the structure of the development and why we would
want that there.”
Clasen said he feels the development would reduce the site line
to the Bark River and he would prefer a more urban-looking
Clasen also was concerned about the flow of traffic from the
Wallschlager said she believes the village needs to focus more
on creating reasons to shop downtown, such as retail, versus
adding more residential units.
“I think the traffic would be horrific,” she said. “I think we
need to look at it closer before we pass it.”
Trustee Rick Stevens said people want to shop at places that
aren’t too far away. Stevens also disagreed that traffic would
get a lot worse if the apartment buildings are constructed.
Village President Dave Lamerand reminded the trustees and
audience members about the years of work the village put into
planning the right type of development for downtown and how this
project fit into the already prepared plans.
Liquor license hearing
The vision for downtown also was discussed during a public
hearing on a request for a class B liquor license by Board &
Brush Creative Studio.
Village Administrator David Cox explained that it was the last
regular class B license that the village had to sell, while it
still has three more expensive reserved liquor licenses
Wallschlager said she favored giving the business the liquor
license because it would be nice to have a reason for more
people to come downtown.
“I agree with Dave (Cox) that I don’t think it’s best use of
that license but I think it’s wrong to discriminate,” she said.
Trustee Karen Compton said she opposed granting the license
because she didn’t feel it was the proper use for it.
Lamerand said the board members needed to “look at what is in
the best interest of the village overall and the best use of
“This is not a venue that is open to the general public, just
for the sake of the public of coming in and having a drink and
that’s really what licenses are for,” he said.
The license was unanimously denied.