CEDARBURG — The
Nov. 22 accident that ultimately took the life of a Grafton teacher
also brought to the forefront one of the greatest concerns Cedarton
Estates residents in the town of Cedarburg have regarding the newly
proposed residential development on the former Kohlwey Farm: They
“Our hearts go
out to her and her family, but it validates our point in adding a
development of this magnitude,” said Chris Roache, the subdivision’s
de facto spokesperson, as he addressed the Town Board last week. “As
it happens, we weren’t allowed in or out of our subdivision (for
hours). We are certainly grateful that the town is going to take
some action on this matter.”
Towne Realty is
proposing to create a new subdivision that would include 91
single-family lots and 25 duplex lots. The land is currently in the
town of Cedarburg; for the project to move forward, it will need to
be annexed into the village of Grafton. The new subdivision would
share an existing single ingress and egress point with Cedarton
Estates at Keup Road and Highway 60.
Though the town
of Cedarburg lacks the authority to request changes to the proposed
development or stop the annexation of the land from the town of
Cedarburg to the village of Grafton, the town board continues to
consider efforts supporting residents who oppose the plans.
this point, you’re recognizing the concept plan and you have certain
initial concerns,” advised town attorney Brad Hoeft at the meeting.
“These are issues that have been brought to the board by the
residents of Cedarton Estates, and I suggest limiting it to a few
Roache said that
his subdivision has retained counsel on the matter and has planned a
number of efforts to have the plan looked at more carefully,
including new traffic and wetland studies.
that you will address the issues you can address and we will address
the issues we can address,” he said.
members noted that the issue wasn’t that the Cedarton residents
opposed development of the adjacent property, which the owner does
have a right to develop; rather that they were concerned with the
proposed plan itself, including elements such as the ingress and
egress, safety issues and traffic volume concerns.
In a previous
meeting, town supervisors questioned the relationship the town would
have with the village in regards to the section of Keup Road that
will be part of the annexation. Half of the road would be the
responsibility of the town while the other half would fall under the
jurisdiction of the village of Grafton.
noted that they had a fairly good relationship with the state
Department of Transportation and with the village of Grafton, and
hoped that this could be leveraged to help voice their concerns.
“To be fair,
(the village of Grafton) has been good at forwarding information to
us,” said Town Administrator Tim Rhode.
“We have reached
out to Towne Realty, RA Smith and Associates and the village and we
had to submit open records requests to get information,” said Roache.
“They know they will have a fight on their hands and they’re not
forthcoming with us.”
“Would a letter
expressing concern on behalf of residents be appropriate?” asked
Supervisor Gary Wickert.
should be kept more general, noting what has transpired so far and
that it has caught the town’s attention,” Hoeft said.
agreed to move forward with the draft of a letter, which was sent to
the village of Grafton.
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