OF LISBON — Town officials have decided to begin a new
review of the Barnwood Conservancy, the 52-home
residential development proposed on 75 acres of farm
land near the corner of Lake Five and Silver Spring
Miller Marriott Construction submitted revised plans for
the development on Sept. 21, according to Town Clerk
revised plans are significantly different than the
proposal submitted to the Plan Commission in July and
new public hearings and commission deliberations are
required, according to Town Chairman Joe Osterman.
Osterman said the public hearing and a joint meeting of
the Town Board and Plan Commission may be scheduled in
late October or early November.
Developers have been cooperating in revising the plans
to respond to comments from plan commissioners and
neighbors who have objected to the proposal, according
Town Board approved a zoning change for the development
on Sept. 25 The plan submitted in July called for a
Planned Unit Development (PUD) with residential lots
averaging about 30,000 square feet, according to town
sizes of 20,000 square feet to about 1.5 acres are
permitted in some PUDs, according to Town Engineer John
However, lots in three subdivisions surrounding the
proposed development are approximately one acre,
according to Stigler.
About a dozen residents from the surrounding
subdivisions, including former Town Chairman Mike Reed,
objected to the development plans at a Sept. 14 public
argued the commission should require house and lot sizes
in the development that are comparable to the
voiced concerns the development could negatively impact
underground aquifers the neighbors rely on for water and
would generate additional traffic that would pose a
hazard to the surrounding subdivisions.
Chris Miller of Miller Marriott Construction said the
development will feature high quality constructed homes
arranged in clusters around large amounts of open space.
said the smaller homes on smaller lots have market
appeal to millennials and baby boomers who are buying
homes that are easy to maintain.
estimated the market value of the homes would be between
$400,000 and $500,000.
plan commissioners have indicated they might support the
development plans but they are concerned about the
number of smaller lots that are located adjacent to
existing homes in the Thousand Oaks subdivision.
revised plans include one acre lots adjacent to the
Thousand Oaks subdivision on the north and east
boundaries of the proposed development with smaller lots
located in the interior of the development, according to