GRAFTON — After nearly an hour of opposition voiced in
public hearings, the Grafton Plan Commission approved
the annexation and rezoning of the 84-acre Kohlwey farm
on Highway 60 and Keup Road, making way for a
subdivision plan to take its next steps.
Plan Commission met Tuesday to consider four items
connected to Stonewall Reserve, a subdivision being
planned by Towne Realty for 76 acres of the Kohlwey
property. The annexation and property rezoning both
required public hearings, after which the Plan
Commission voted 5-1 to recommend both items to the
Village Board, which has final approval authority. David
Liss voted against the items.
“The annexation is consistent with the village’s future
land use plan … which designates the parcel as planned
neighborhood,” Village Planner Jessica Wolff said during
About a dozen people spoke against the subdivision –
slated to include 91 single-family lots and 25 duplex
lots, for a total of 141 households – during the public
hearing. The first to speak was Thomas Schmitzer, a
lawyer representing residents of Cedarton Estates, an
adjacent town of Cedarburg subdivision, across Keup
clients’ main concern is the density. It seems to be
denser than what infrastructure allows,” Schmitzer said.
continued that the residents of Cedarton Estates do not
see the Stonewall Reserve plan as orderly development or
in the interest of the community’s health, safety or
Other resident concerns included increases in traffic
and safety concerns for the Highway 60-Keup Road
intersection, which is Cedarton’s only access and will
be Stonewall’s as well, at least initially. Several
Cedarburg residents have suggested Stonewall should have
access to the east by connecting to First Avenue in
Wolff noted that the plat does include space designated
for future additional access, including one to the north
and two to the east. Such access would be connected when
properties surrounding the Kohlwey farm are developed.
Immediately, however, the village considers Keup Road
sufficient for access, until the private landowners in
the area choose to sell for development.
Doering, representing Towne Realty and the project, said
the developer is expecting a three-phase build out. The
timeline for the entire subdivision will depend on
traffic study shared with the Plan Commission indicated
the intersections of Keup Road with Cedarton Parkway –
Cedarton Estates’ current access – and Hawk Drive, the
street planned for Stonewall Reserve, would operate well
with the second subdivision.
“Both will operate at level of operation A, which is the
best level possible,” Village Engineer Amber Thomas said
of the study.
Thomas said the study shows the controlled intersection
of Keup Road and Highway 60 is currently operating at
level B, and projected that in 10 years, with full
build-out of Stonewall Reserve, it could drop to C. The
Department of Transportation recommends at least level
D, according to Thomas.
traffic study was done at the village’s request and at
the developer’s expense. Several Cedarton residents
disagreed that traffic would be manageable, as the 141
planned homes would increase traffic on that section of
Keup Road between five and seven times what it is now,
according to traffic projections.
concerned about cars that miss that subdivision and use
our neighborhood as a turnaround,” said April Hosack,
Cedarton resident. She said Cedarton Estates includes
children and many ride their bikes.
“Would you be comfortable riding your bike (at Keup and
Highway 60)?” Cedarton resident Chris Cotton said.
There were also concerns expressed about a wetland area
at the west edge of the subdivision property, with
several area residents saying they thought the wetland
was larger than Towne Realty’s plat allowed for, though
Doering said a professional surveyor delineated the
wetland, and a Department of Natural Resources
representative was onsite to confirm it.
least to my mind, the developer has addressed the
issues,” Plan Commissioner and Village President Jim
spite of objections, the Plan Commission approved the
annexation and rezone. Liss cited some concerns with
layout, water and sewer and design in his dissent.
Plan Commission also approved the certified survey map
for the property, and tabled the preliminary plat. The
plat shows the 141-home subdivision layout.
motion to table was approved so the preliminary plat
could be considered once there is greater detail
available about stormwater plans and several other
would like to see more information coming back,”
Commissioner Randy Silasiri said.
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