LAC LA BELLE — A
state zoning law that some Town of Oconomowoc residents had hoped to
use to block construction of a corporate headquarters adjacent to
the Lac La Belle golf course has been repealed by the state
was repealed by the state Legislature when it passed Act 243,” Curt
Witynski, deputy director of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities,
only a few months ago and word may not have gotten out about it,” he
responding to a question by The Freeman regarding whether the
previous state law applied to newly zoned property as well as
“It would have
been a good question, but it is a hypothetical one now since that
section of the law has been repealed,” he responded.
Claire Tompkins raised the possibility that the law might have
required the votes of four of five village trustees to approve
zoning for a corporate headquarters proposed by the Prestwick Group
during a public information meeting last week.
In a later
interview, she noted that the law required the “super majority” if
qualified town or village property owners living adjacent to the
property to be rezoned filed protest petitions with the village.
action the village is expected to take in the future is the creation
of a new zoning district, not a rezoning.
headquarters, which is referred to as a “administration building” in
the agreement between the village and Prestwick, will be located on
land that Prestwick is expected to purchase from the village.
recently purchased the land, which is located in the town, from the
state and plans to annex it.
After the land
is annexed it will be zoned, according to village officials.
Hector de la Mora said he is optimistic that Prestwick’s plans for
the “administration building” will be compatible with the golf
course and surrounding woodlands and residential areas.
De la Mora said
he believed the “administration building” will be designed more like
a large golf course club house than a corporate headquarters.
Group is a family owned company headquartered in Sussex that
generates more than $200 million annually in revenues using recycled
materials to build outdoor furnishings and equipment for corporate
clients that include prestigious golf courses and luxury resorts.
efforts to relocate its corporate headquarters and assembly plant to
Delafield were blocked by city residents living near the site of the
proposed development at the Highway C and Interstate 94 interchange.
negotiations commenced between Prestwick and village officials that
were later discussed in closed session by the Village Board and
ratified during a May 2 meeting.
agreement between Prestwick and village enables Prestwick to rebuild
the golf course which they have renamed The Club at Lac La Belle and
proposes the construction of the corporate headquarters adjacent to
the golf course.
Some village and
town residents argued they knew nothing about the agreement although
Prestwick officials described some of their plans during a
invitation- only meeting with about 100 village and some town
residents in mid June.
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