GRAFTON — Approvals have come through for 21 new homes
to be added in the village of Grafton.
Village Board last week OK’d the second phase of the
Shady Hollow subdivision, which is north of Shady Lane,
just west of North Green Bay Road. The lots approved by
the board will be added to 31 lots already there.
Shady Hollow phase two went before the Plan Commission
July 25, where it was approved with little comment. It
then went to the Village Board, where it also faced no
is consistent with the original plat,” Village Planner
Jessica Wolff told the Plan Commission.
her staff report on the Shady Hollow plat said it met
with all the requirements of the village’s subdivision
2003, developer Bob Tillmann got approval to build a
186-lot neighborhood, with the first phase being the 31
Because the entire plat for the development was approved
14 years ago, there are fewer steps for the developer to
take in the second phase. As long as the plans remain
consistent with what was originally proposed and
approved in April 2003 – as Wolff said these plans are –
the further approvals will be given by the Plan
Commission and Village Board.
There was no opposition to the subdivision at either of the
meetings held this year, a stark turnaround from when a
citizens group was formed to oppose the first phase.
News Graphic reported in 2003 that the group, called
Citizens for Smart Growth in Grafton, opposed what it
considered too much growth within the village; the 2000
village survey showed that 76 percent of village
residents were happy with the 1.3-percent growth rate
the village had then, and opposed such large-scale
expansion as the 186-home Shady Hollow plan.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grafton had a
population of 10,312 people in 2000 and 11,459 people in
2015, which is an 11-percent increase over 15 years.
Including Shady Hollow and other developments of the
past decade, the village has averaged about 0.75-percent
annual growth in population.
There is no specific timeframe for when the rest of the
home will be built.