Plans approved for new southwest side subdivision
Monarch development aimed at complimenting nearby natural habitat

By Dave Fidlin - Special to The Freeman

Sept. 14, 2017

WAUKESHA - A new 36-home subdivision will soon occupy 31 acres of land on Waukesha's far southwest side, following a city panel's favorable vote Wednesday.

Siepmann Realty, developers of what will be known as the Monarch subdivision, presented the Plan Commission with a preliminary plat. The document gave several details, including the arrangement of each parcel within the overall subdivision.

Monarch will be located on Highway X, across the street from West High School. The city land abuts a rural subdivision in the Town of Waukesha.

Commissioners unanimously approved the preliminary plat, with the caveat that several issues linked to the city's engineering department and water utility will be addressed.

"I think it's a sensible plan," Commissioner Joan Francoeur said. 

Although the Monarch development will have many of the urban characteristics one would expect in Waukesha, Planner Doug Koehler said Siepmann's intent is to compliment the natural characteristics of the area.

For instance, the lots within the subdivision will be clustered around 13.35 acres of preserved open space, which includes wooded areas and areas marked by steep slopes.

"The idea is not to be too imposing on the town land," Koehler said.

Mayor Shawn Reilly said he was pleased with the attention toward the existing landscape.

"There's been a lot of work done to preserve the natural area, so it has my full support," said Reilly, who chairs the Plan Commission. 

Siepmann's plans for the subdivision call for main access via Highway X. Connector street access also would be available to Town of Waukesha subdivisions on Stonegate Road and Donald Drive.

Plans call for having a homeowners association service the subdivision. Each association member will have access to the open space and will be responsible for routine maintenance.

In other business Wednesday, the Plan Commission:

- Approved U-Haul's request to reconfigure the interior of its recently acquired building at 925 Highway 164 to accommodate interior mini-warehouses for customers.

 Although no formal plans are now on the table, U-Haul representatives have indicated a future request could be coming for outdoor storage facilities that would consume some of the existing parking lot space.

- Approved North Central Utility of Wisconsin's request to construct a 5,600-square-foot addition onto an existing garage at 1100 Silvernail Road.

North Central does not have landscaping outside its facility. As a condition of the facility addition, commissioners have required the property owner to add greenery.