Summit officials OK agreements for Pabst Farms subdivision
Vote follows closed-door meeting on Lake Country Village development

By Dave Fidlin - Special to The Freeman

Feb. 2, 2018

SUMMIT — After meeting behind closed doors for more than an hour, Summit officials on Thursday gave the developer of a multi-phased, Pabst Farms-based subdivision the green light to proceed.

The Summit Village Board held a special meeting to discuss the first two phases of Lake Country Village, a subdivision first announced a year ago. Developer Neumann Companies is helming the project, which is expected to eventually encompass 250 acres of land and feature 330 homes.

Several Neumann representatives, including Matt Neumann, a principal with the company, were on hand to discuss some granular details in the early stages of the subdivision’s planning.

Village officials had previously approved the first phase of Lake Country Village, though amendments were made to the agreement at Thursday’s meeting. The board also gave the go-ahead for the second phase.

Lake Country Village is being included in the Metropolitan Builders Association’s Parade of Homes program in late summer, and Neumann officials have asserted preliminary work is necessary now so the first phase can be ready by tour time.

In addition to actual construction, Mark Neumann also said other smaller details, including landscaping, had to be methodically timed out because of optimal times to plant trees, shrubs and other greenery in Wisconsin’s finicky climate.

“We’re going to do (landscaping) as quickly as we can,” Neumann said.

Neumann also reiterated prior comments about the Parade of Homes, saying the goal is to have a number of the lots within the first phase “complete or nearly complete” before the event, expected to draw upward of 20,000 prospective homebuyers.

Before the board went into executive session with Village Attorney John Macy, Neumann shared his company’s wishes, including an expedited timeline for home construction.
 

Stipulations

One of several stipulations the board placed after reconvening into open session was a requirement that municipal streets be installed before any of the actual spec lot homes are built.

Other terms wrangled over in closed session dealt with such issues as liability terms between Neumann and the village, the length of the project’s substantial completion once agreements are signed and how private utilities fit into the equation.

Neumann’s subdivision plans, first announced in early 2017, will encompass portions of Summit and Oconomowoc by virtue of the two municipalities’ borders. Oconomowoc also will play a key role in providing utility infrastructure in Summit.

During discussions, Village Planner Henry Elling had inquired if the developers had met with Oconomowoc officials to discuss recent details concerning the project. Neumann said no updates had occurred at this point.

“It’s a process question,” Elling said. “There is a developer’s agreement in (Oconomowoc) that does tie into this.”

In totality, the project will be divided into four neighborhoods. Three will be located west of Sawyer Road and south of Valley Road and will be under the Lake Country Village name.

The fourth neighborhood, to be named Interlaken Village, will feature 26 lots east of Sawyer Road and be located within Oconomowoc.

Lot sizes are expected to encompass a half, third or quarter of an acre.

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