DELAFIELD — The
Prestwick Group’s plans to move its corporate headquarters from
Sussex to Delafield, near the interchange of Interstate 94 and Hwy.
C, failed to muster the required six votes from the seven-member
Common Council after nearly four hours of debate and deliberation
Alds. Al Zietlow
and Jackie Valde voted against an ordinance that would have changed
the zoning of a five-acre parcel of land on the proposed 28-acre
development site from agricultural to business use.
They also voted
against an ordinance that would have created a special development
district for the 71,000 square-foot corporate headquarters along
with a gathering center and event barn during the first phase of
square feet of office space for sale or lease is proposed in the
second phase of the project.
James Hammes explained to the council that six votes were required
to adopt the ordinances because a sufficient number of neighbors
living with 100 feet and owning at least 20 percent of the land
adjacent to the development had filed formal protests.
“I cannot vote
for a pig in poke,” said Zietlow.
He and Velde
argued the council should have the details of the terms and
conditions of the planned unit development agreement and the
conditional use permit before being asked to rezone the property and
create the special district.
there are two many unanswered questions regarding development plans
and whether the city would be willing to extend sewer service across
the interstate and who would pay for the additional utility service.
“I have two
college degrees. I am a smart woman and there is still a lot I don’t
understand here, and I cannot vote for something I don’t
understand,” Velde said.
Aicher and Kent Attwell tried to persuade their colleagues to allow
the ordinances to be adopted so the review process for the
development could continue.
“The best way to
get your questions answered is to allow the process to continue,”
Zietlow will face each other in the city’s mayoral contest during
the April 3 municipal election.
DeYoe is not seeking re-election.
Former Mayor and
Ald. Jim Behrend attempted a compromise by suggesting an amendment
to require a 100-foot buffer from neighbors along the southern
border of the development and limit the use of the event barn to
only corporate events.
Zietlow voted no.
Nearly a dozen
residents spoke for nearly two hours in opposition to the
the process the city was following in considering the development
and argued the event barn would disrupt the neighborhood and lower
which used recycled materials to produce outdoor equipment and
furnishes, said it wanted the event barn to be available for
community events as well as serve as a wedding and banquet venue.
forward is my comment,” said Matt Morse, who founded the company in
1997, after the vote.
“We still have
options,” he added while leaving City Hall.
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