Town of Lisbon approves zoning for controversial development

By Kelly Smith - Special to The Freeman

Sept. 27, 2017

TOWN OF LISBON - The Town Board has unanimously approved rezoning about 75 acres of farm land located at the intersection of Lake Five and Silver Spring roads from agricultural to residential use.

The rezoning is an initial step in what could be a lengthy process in the possible approval of a proposal by Miller Marriot Construction Company of Hartland to develop 53 homes on the approximately 75 acres of the Meissner Family farm.

The lots will range in size from three-quarters of an acre to an acre, according to Mark Miller.

About a dozen residents of neighboring subdivisions, including former Town Supervisor Dan Fischer, came to the board meeting Monday to oppose the proposal.

Fischer and three of his neighbors told the Town Board the proposed subdivision will have some lots of less than one acre and is therefore not compatible with the neighboring subdivisions, which all have one-acre lots.

The neighbors said the new subdivision would create additional traffic hazards because new homeowners would drive through neighboring Thousand Oaks and Woodland Oaks subdivisions to avoid a nearby dangerous intersection.

"I avoid the Highway VV (Silver Spring Drive) and Lake Five intersection at all costs," said Marie Rohne, who acknowledged she sometimes drives through a neighboring subdivision to avoid the traffic on Silver Spring Drive.

Town Chairman Joe Osterman explained that the Plan Commission recommended the zoning change because it fits within the town's long range comprehensive use plan.

"I know some people might want to leave the land the way it is, but a farmer has the right to sell the land and make some money," he said.

However, Osterman emphasized the zoning approval is an initial step in what could be a lengthy approval process and urged the citizens to attend an Oct. 5 Plan Commission meeting, where discussions of the proposal will continue.