Developments President Steve DeCleene presents a
150-acre development proposal to the Lisbon Plan
Kelly Smith/Special to The
OF LISBON — Plan commissioners are willing to consider a
proposed 150-acre residential and commercial development
located along Highway 164 between Good Hope Road and Jay
Lane, north of the Sussex border.
However, town officials and the developer are concerned
there might not be enough sewage treatment capacity to
serve the development as proposed.
development includes 105 residential lots between 10,000
and 20,000 square feet, 240 senior housing units and 152
multifamily units, as well as more than 5 acres of
commercial and retail space.
Steve DeCleene, president of Neumann Developments,
described the development to the Plan Commission at its
meeting on Thursday.
Administrator Matt Janecke explained to commissioners
that the meeting's purpose was to provide them with a
“conceptual review” of the project and provide the
developer with the commission’s initial reactions to the
Commissioner Bryan Oelhafen, the town building
inspector, told DeCleene, “All you are looking for at
this meeting is for us to tell you whether we are
interested in or it or whether we hate it.”
would be interested in a mixeduse development like
this,” Oelhafen continued.
Chairman Joe Osterman, who presides over commission
meetings, polled the commissioners and they all
indicated they would be interested in further review of
“This is very, very preliminary,” Osterman emphasized
after the meeting.
During the meeting, Osterman and Town Engineer John
Stigler of Jahnke & Jahnke Associates made preliminary
calculations indicating the development, as proposed,
may be too large for sewer service.
Stigler explained to the commission that the town owns
two sewer lines buried along Hwy 164 from the village of
Sussex border to near the development site.
Osterman said according to a border agreement with
Sussex, the town has 173,000 gallons of sewer capacity
at the village sewer treatment facility to serve the
area where the development site is located.
Stigler estimated that capacity is large enough to serve
approximately 1.5 units per acre.
However, the density of the proposed development may be
as high as 3 units per acre, nearly double the sewage
treatment capacity, according to Stigler.
Uncertainty about sewer service
there may be a dispute over the sewer service.
Sussex Village Administrator Jeremy Smith says the town
purchased in the early 2000s sewer capacity, not a sewer
does not believe a Lisbon-owned sewer line exists beyond
the village borders.
said the town and village would have to negotiate how
the sewer service to the proposed development would be
told The Freeman he saw portions of the Lisbon sewer
line being installed.
will have to do some work on sewer service,” DeCleene
mused during the meeting, adding the development
proposal could be redesigned to match the sewer service
source of water for the development may also be an
issue, some commissioners noted.
Janecke indicated the development would require either a
municipal water source or large private wells.
DeCleene told the commission that one of the goals of
the development was to provide affordable housing for
millennials and “empty nesters.”
said Neumann Developments is concerned about the lack of
housing available in the region that costs less than
said the development could provide an opportunity for
“someone in their 30s” to own their first home.
said senior empty nesters are also interested in
affordable housing located on smaller lots.
anticipated the price ranges of the homes would be
between $350,000 and $400,000.