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