Mequon looks to Town Center housing

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

Dec. 19, 2017

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.

The Mequon 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.

The ordinance 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 Corridor.

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 Center.

The ordinance 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.

The design 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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