HARTLAND — The
Plan Commission approved an amendment to the village’s comprehensive
plan Monday night that would allow Neumann Developments Inc.’s condo
project to have a higher density of units.
location for the new condominium project is on 80 acres of land
between Mary Hill Park and Winkleman Road. The development company’s
site plan indicates that the development would include 72
singlefamily homes and 54 duplexes for a total of 126 units,
according to Neumann Developments, Inc. President Matt Neumann.
company would like to increase the density of the condo development
from approximately 100 units to 126 units because the development
site is split by a future county and village Highway KE reroute
project that would connect Highway KE north of Highway K and down to
Neumann said the
total acreage of developable land is significantly reduced by the
Highway KE project, landscape buffer zones for the highway reroute
and an undevelopable nature area in the northwest corner of the
With a higher
density and therefore more units, Neumann Developments Inc. could
bring the condos to a price point more suitable for the market.
allows us to do is bring the cost per unit down a little to what the
market will bear given the constraints we have on that site,” said
Neumann. “It hurts the value to have a county highway going through
the middle of a housing project.”
would range from $375,000 to $450,000 while single-family condos
would be listed for $450,000 to $550,000, said Neumann. He added
that the development would attract folks in the latter half of the
demographic we’re targeting is those families who have their kids
grow up and move out and are ready to sell their home to a family
that needs the space,” said Neumann.
‘The worst place
possible’ for project, trustee says
Wallschlager and other residents of Hartland who attended the
meeting expressed their concern with the current traffic flow at the
intersection of Highway KE and Highway K as well as the hilly
topography of the area. Wallschlager said the condo development
would further affect the flow of traffic by adding another 200 cars
to the area.
“My feeling is
that it’s the worst place possible that the village could put a
development such as that,” said Wallschlager. “With all the
subdivisions in the area, its already over utilized.”
While the new
Highway KE route would remedy traffic congestion, Neumann confirmed
that the county would not allocate funds for road construction of an
alternate Highway KE route for at least another five years. This led
some village officials and residents at the meeting to believe that
a new highway should come before the development project.
Neumann said the development project may coax county officials to
act faster on a Highway KE alternate route. Moreover, Neumann
Developments would incur some of the village’s cost to reroute
Highway KE by laying down some of the foundation for the new road,
said Neumann. He said the development wouldn’t happen overnight and
traffic would increase at a manageable rate. “My hope would be by
the time we’re nearing completion of our development and the traffic
is really ticking up, I hope that the county is able to budget for
that relocation,” said Neumann.
Board will take the commission’s recommendation to change the
comprehensive plan to a public hearing on March 26. If the board
approves the recommendation, the developers would break ground by
fall with basic infrastructure of the development completed by
spring of 2019, according to Neumann.