MEQUON — As
Mequon’s Town Center continues to evolve into an area that includes
expanded housing in addition to restaurants and retail, the city has
turned an eye toward future housing development.
Common Council last week approved an ordinance that sets guidelines
for single-family homes that are built in the Town Center District,
which straddles Mequon Road between the Milwaukee River to the east
and Wauwatosa Road to the west.
“One of the
public objectives stated for the Town Center, as a traditional
neighborhood, is to include a broad range of housing types at
densities that support Town Center businesses and encourage
high-quality design standards,” wrote Kim Tollefson, the city’s
director of Community Development, in a memo to aldermen.
makes several changes, including:
Allowing for the provision of detached single-family residential
structures in the Town Center zoning district, as well as an
adjacent area further west on Mequon Road that is called the Arrival
Modifying the scale of multiple-family residential developments in
the Arrival Corridor.
Rezoning The Reserve site and another parcel immediately to the east
– 6613 to 6619 W. Mequon Road – from arrival corridor to Town
lays out a variety of rules for single-family homes. The city would
like to see them developed at the neighborhood fringe and along
local arterials and local streets. They will not be permitted to
abut Mequon Road.
standards require lot width at a minimum of 36 feet and a maximum of
80 feet. The minimum size offset is 5 feet and will increase 2 feet
for every story above the ground floor. Pedestrian access must be
provided from the street to the principal entrance.
The homes must
be a minimum of 1.5 stories and a maximum of 2.5 stories. Vehicle
access to detached single-family homes must be from the rear and
include an attached garage and a private driveway.
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