OCONOMOWOC — Though it was just the first reading, the
way the Oconomowoc Common Council addressed a proposed
rezoning for Pabst Farms Development, the stakes seemed
like they couldn’t have been higher.
William Niemann of Pabst Farms Development submitted to
the city an application requesting that the Oconomowoc
Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2010-2030 be altered on a
70.9-acre portion of the development.
the application Niemann submitted, Pabst Farms requested
that the 31.9-acre site first be zoned as a business
park to accommodate Roger Memorial Hospital’s campus;
the 31.2-acre second parcel be zoned as high-density
residential to accommodate an apartment complex and the
third, 7.8-acre parcel be zoned business park to
accommodate an office and commercial retail ventures.
Planner Jason Gallo said Pabst Farms Development has not
yet identified what specific projects would transpire in
the third parcel.
entire area, located on the northeast corner of Old
School House Road and Valley Road, is currently zoned
about as soon as they were given the opportunity, the
aldermen pounced on the idea of any variety of
high-density apartment complex being plopped at Pabst
Alderman Lou Kowieski said he has concern with the
amount of high-density residential projects near Summit
Elementary School, located at 1680 Valley Road.
idea of having a big apartment complex near the school
made Alderman Michael Miller uncomfortable.
just hate having apartments next to a grade school,”
Miller said. “I’m just nervous about that.”
Gallo said he believed the infrastructure is in place at
that area to provide essential movement of foot traffic
around a possible apartment structure.
Alderman Tom Strey said he too isn’t a fan of what was
being proposed at parcel 2, adding that he doesn’t want
to see more apartment complexes.
Alderman Kevin Ellis said he had issues with all three
parcels, especially parcel 2. He said he would have
never moved to the area more than a decade ago if he
knew how many apartments would be going up in
Alderman Matt Rosek said he had concerns with the impact
the apartments would have on schools, and simply the
number of apartments that could possibly be put at the
Rosek added that he isn’t comfortable with any of the
projects because what was presented to the council
lacked too much detail in terms of what might be built.
“We’re going to open this can of worms and anything can
go next to it,” Rosek said.
Eventually, the council decided to amend the reading so
that it would exclude the second parcel with a 4 to 3
vote, as Ellis, Rosek and Alderman Jeff Schmidt voted
second parcel can come back on its own reading.
the amendment passed, the first reading pertaining to
parcel 1 and 3 passed 4 to 3, with the same aldermen