DELAFIELD — The
Prestwick Group will need affirmative votes from 6 of 7 Common
Council members on two key issues to develop a new corporate
headquarters on 28 acres of land near the interchange of Hwy. C and
James Hammes has told The Freeman state laws require the super
majority vote if enough qualified neighbors of the project file
protests to the city objecting to a proposed rezoning and the
creation of a special development district.
Hammes said he
has notified Interim City Clerk Jeanne O’Brien that a sufficient
number of residents have protested to require the super majority
vote of the council.
The city clerk
is responsible for determining if the objections are valid in
accordance with state law.
valid protests have been filed objecting to both the proposed
rezoning of five acres of land from agricultural to business within
the 28 acres and the creation of the special district.
state law, a valid protest occurs if owners of 20 percent of the
land within 100 feet of the parcel to be rezoned object and if
owners of 20 percent of the land within 100 feet of the boundaries
of the special district object.
There are six
protestors who own 20 percent of the land adjacent to the special
district and one of them lives within 100 feet and owns 20 percent
of the land adjacent to the five acres proposed to be rezoned,
according to Lynda Holton, one of the leaders of the neighbors
objecting to the proposal.
to build a 71,000 square-foot corporate headquarters along with a
gathering center and event barn during the first phase of the
project and another 68,000 square feet in office space to be
developed for lease or sale in the second phase.
withdrew plans to include a 63,000 square-foot assembly plant on the
The company uses
recycled materials to assemble outdoor furnishings and equipment for
corporate clients including some of the world’s most prestigious
Hammes has told
city officials that to approve the project, the Common Council must
approve a zoning change, a change in the land use master plan and a
conditional use permit as well as create a special district.
questions time frame
another opposition leader, questioned why it took Hammes so long to
determine that the super majority vote was required to change the
zoning and create the special district.
In an email to
The Freeman, Holton noted the protests were filed with the city in
the last week of January.
“Why does it
take three weeks for city hall to figure that out? Why are they
waiting to determine that it has to go to super-majority? What is
the benefit to them to delay the validity (of the petitions),” she
pointed out the first step was for Hammes and O’Brien to determine
whether the signatures on the forms were valid and whether the
protest documents were in accordance with state law.
The next step
was for City Planner Roger Dupler to identify the legal boundaries
of the six properties owned by the protestors, to determine whether
they were within 100 of feet of the proposed special district or the
parcel to be rezoned, and whether the protestors owned 20 percent of
the land adjacent to the special district.
Dupler was then
to forward his findings to Hammes.
There was a
difference of opinion between Dupler and the leaders of the
opponents whether the six protestors were qualified.
But, Hammes said
it would provide the benefit of the doubt to the protestors.
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