Two more hearings required for Barnwood
Town Board, Plan Commission to vote

By Kelly Smith - Special to The Freeman

Jan. 2, 2018

TOWN OF LISBON — Two additional public hearings have been scheduled for the controversial 52-lot Barnwood Conservancy residential development near the corner of Lake Five and Silver Springs roads.

The Plan Commission will conduct a hearing on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. regarding the creation of a special planned unit development district that would include the development site. The commission may vote on a recommendation to the Town Board regarding the district.

The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the formation of the district on Jan. 22, also at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

The board must create the development district before final approval can be granted to the developers, according to Town Attorney Kathryn Gutenkunst.

The special development district is required based on an opinion issued in November by Gutenkunst’s law partner James Hammes of the firm Cramer, Multhauf and Hammes, which has represented the town for decades.

Hammes believes that some conditional use permits and planned unit developments require a series of votes from the board.

Those votes include adopting a zoning change, approving changes in the long-range land use plan, creating the special district and approving a conditional use permit for the development.

The zoning change was adopted by the board earlier this year. The conditional use permit was approved by the Plan Commission at a Dec. 7 meeting.

The town’s decisions regarding rezoning and creating the special district are subject to review by the Waukesha County Board, which could take at least two months, according to county officials.

About 40 neighbors who live in subdivisions adjacent to the development site have raised objections about the development, arguing there are many lots that are too small, the development will increase traffic hazards, endanger well water resources, and add noise and light pollution in the neighborhoods.

While nearly all the lots in the adjoining subdivisions are approximately one acre, 39 of the lots of the Barnwood Conservancy are less than one acre, between 30,000 and 35,000 square feet.

The remaining 13 lots are about 42,000 square feet or about one acre.