Shady Hollow subdivision to expand in Grafton
21 new lots approved for north half of village

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

August 15, 2017

GRAFTON — Approvals have come through for 21 new homes to be added in the village of Grafton.

The 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 opposition.

“It is consistent with the original plat,” Village Planner Jessica Wolff told the Plan Commission.

In her staff report on the Shady Hollow plat said it met with all the requirements of the village’s subdivision code.

In 2003, developer Bob Tillmann got approval to build a 186-lot neighborhood, with the first phase being the 31 lots.

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.

The 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.