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