The concept plan for a
new subdivision shows the layout for 116 residential
lots. There would be 91 single-family lots in the north
and west sections of the 80-acre area, and 25
duplex-condominium lots in the southeast section of the
Map courtesy of the village
GRAFTON — A new development being proposed could add 141
households to the village of Grafton.
Commission Tuesday reviewed a concept plan for turning an 80-acre
farm into a subdivision with 91 single-family lots and 25 duplexes.
The farm sits on the northeast corner of Keup Road and Highway 60.
The current home and outbuildings on the farm would remain as a
separate property, while the rest of the property would be sold and
developed by Towne Realty Inc.
would be accessed from Keup Road. Village documents and the
developer’s submitted documents indicated that there would be five
retention ponds for stormwater management and 4.3 acres of park
space, though that park area includes one of the retention ponds.
of Parks and Recreation, John Safstrom, and I will be looking
closely at that to see that it meets the needs of the neighborhood,”
Village Planner Jessica Wolff said.
being considered is currently in the town of Cedarburg; it came to
the village of Grafton Plan Commission because Towne Realty intends
to have the land annexed into the village. Wolff said that the
village’s zoning allows for a subdivision of this density.
About a dozen
residents of Cedarton Estates, a town of Cedarburg subdivision
immediately west of the proposed development, attended the meeting.
All of those who spoke were against the plan, at least in its
current form. Several objected specifically to the subdivision’s
access being on Keup Road, which is also the access point for
understand why there isn’t an actual road (from Highway 60) being
proposed,” said Cedarburg resident Jim Gibson, a member of the
Cedarton Estates architecture committee.
access from Keup Road was for safety and state regulations. She said
the state Department of Transportation controls new intersections
and access points from Highway 60, especially in close proximity to
“The DOT, of
course, wants to limit access points
off of 60,” Plan Commissioner
Mark Paschke said.
Cedarton residents spoke about the subdivision being unacceptable
off of their road, claiming that the increased traffic would create
a dangerous situation at an already dangerous intersection.
“We see it every
day, we live it, we breathe it, this is ridiculous,” Dave Hosack
way to exit this monstrosity of a development I’m seeing here, and
that would be to go out to First Avenue,” Don Westby said.
Wolff said that
village staff are not as concerned about the additional traffic on
Keup Road; the intersection is already controlled with traffic
lights, which could be adjusted for timing based on increased
populations using the road, and using Keup Road would be better than
another intersection on Highway 60, especially on the curve where
the property is located.
that introducing a new intersection, that close together, on that
curve, would not be safe,” Wolff said.
mentioned again that the DOT resists such additional intersections.
discussed the concept plan and possible access alternatives, though
at this time no action was taken. The concept review is the first
stage of proposing development. With the commission’s feedback, the
developer now does more extensive design and planning work. They
will have to go before the Parks and Recreation Board, back to the
Plan Commission and then to the Village Board for approvals.
Towne Realty is
targeting the December Plan Commission meeting for its public
hearing and approval, according to Wolff.
Wolff wrote in
her report to the commission that this subdivision would be the
first use of the village’s new fine-grained planned neighborhood
zoning. The zoning type was approved and added to the village’s
future use map last year during a comprehensive plan update. Rather
than specifying what type of building can be constructed on
particular properties, planned neighborhood zoning sets percentage
rules for what portion of a larger area must be single-family, and
how much area may go to two-or multi-family development.