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
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.