Residents hope to sink Mequon subdivision
Opponents say land is prone to flooding

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

Sept. 7, 2017

MEQUON — Mequon residents, who lost the first round in opposing a proposed 13-lot subdivision, plan to redouble their efforts when the Mequon Common Council considers the plans Tuesday.

Developers Fred Bersch and Paul Apfelbach are representing longtime landowners as they request rezoning for the 21-acre property in the 2100 block of West Ranch Road. Residents from the surrounding neighborhood filled the Common Council chambers Aug. 7 as the Planning Commission approved the request 5-3.

The next step for the developers is the Mequon Common Council. Aldermen will be greeted with a 26-page document opposing the rezoning request, petitions and likely another full room of residents.

Howard Schlei, who is organizing opponents, said he and others recently spread the word in the neighborhood about the meeting. He said he was pleasantly surprised by more than 40 neighbors who responded to a flyer left at homes and showed up at a meeting Aug. 24 at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library. He added many more sent emails of support.

“They are 100 percent opposed to it,” he said.

Schlei said about 600 residents signed petitions 20 years ago opposing a different development proposal for the land. Those plans failed. The Common Council at the same time changed the parcel to a conservation zoning category that would not allow as many homes as the 22 proposed then. The developers’ request now includes changing that zoning.

Schlei argued the situation is worse now than it was 20 years ago the last time building homes on the site was considered.

“As development continues along Port Washington Road, the pressure on that whole water system has increased,” he said. “It’s never going to get better; it’s only going to get worse.”

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mequon City Hall, 11333 N. Cedarburg Road.


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