TOWN OF WAUKESHA
— Developer and Waukesha Town Chairman John Marek is seeking
approval to turn a roughly 20-acre swath of farmland off Highway
164, south of Glendale Road, into a 40-unit condo development.
The proposal is
still in the earlier phases of the review process but would require
the land, which is owned by the Waukesha School District, to be
rezoned from lower density residential zoning to a higher density
residential. The current concept proposal calls for 22 family
townhomes, most with two units.
proposed for rezoning is actually two parcels: a roughly 20-acre
piece of land that Marek plans to build on, and roughly 15 acres of
wetland that the developer would give to the county for conservancy
once he secures ownership.
district owns both parcels. Asked about the proposal on Monday,
district spokesman Terry Schuster said the district “could not
County Park and Planning Commission is set to hear information about
the rezoning request at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22, as part of the annual
public hearing on proposed comprehensive plan amendments.
The Town of
Waukesha currently has the land zoned commercial, and will be
considering a request to amend its own land use plan at another
time. Waukesha County officials would wait for the town’s rezoning
process to be resolved before voting on changes to the county’s
zoning plan, Waukesha County Planning and Zoning Manager Jason Fruth
attempts to rezone the land, which lies just south of Stiks Academy
& Sports Training and the Waukesha Bible Church, have failed, but
Marek believes the time is right to move ahead with his project.
The school district is going to have hundreds of thousands of
dollars going into their coffers to help with other projects, and
the Town of Waukesha will have millions of dollars in extra tax
base, and additional housing,” Marek said.
Not everyone is
pleased with the proposal, however.
a former town supervisor, said Tuesday that he believes rezoning the
land to allow for such a dense development could hurt the town’s
groundwater supply, because the land has a high water table. German
is also concerned about potential stormwater runoff that could hurt
nearby wetlands, including a fen habitat on property he owns.
“It is too dense
of a plan for that area,” German said.
has only reviewed a concept plan that was submitted as part of a
comprehensive plan amendment request, he said other aspects of the
project, including anything that might impact the groundwater or
create stormwater runoff, would receive vetting.
“There will be a
couple of different approvals needed here before a plan can come to
fruition,” Fruth said. “The county has a stormwater management and
erosion and control ordinance that has standards for all those types
of things. Every development project of any size has to comply
with those standards. Another county division will have to review
the septic proposal.”