Germantown panel gives preliminary approval to first phase of subdivision
Wetland delineations could affect lot sizes, locations

By Dave Fidlin - For the Daily News

July 11, 2018

GERMANTOWN — A single-family subdivision of up to 17 possible parcels could take up residence on Germantown’s southeast side, though a number of issues continue to hang in the balance before plans are finalized.

David Leszczynski of Germantown Acquisitions LLC went before the village Plan Commission on Monday with a proposed 17lot subdivision eyed on a 29.7-acre parcel north of Elm Lane and west of Wasaukee Road.

The development, Leszczynski said, is envisioned in two phases. Commissioners at this week’s meeting focused on the first phase of the development, which could encompass seven to eight lots on the north end of the parcel.

Details of the proposed subdivision, in its entirety, remain tentative as several details — including specific wetland delineations — are set in stone.

Village Planner Jeff Retzlaff said about 4.2 acres of the overall site is considered a wetland. Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have the final say in drawing the exact parameters of the wetland delineation.

“The lot layout is still subject to final determination by the DNR,” Retzlaff said at Monday’s meeting. “It is subject to change, depending on the DNR outcome of the wetland delineation.”

Depending on the findings, Retzlaff said there could potentially be “a measurable difference” to the scope of what is classified as a wetland and, thus, is not buildable.

During extensive deliberations, Leszczynski said he is willing to work with village officials and make changes to the proposed details, as needed.

“We’re trying to figure out what’s the best to way to get to build on some of the best land on the property,” Leszczynski said. “We’re going to figure it out. We’re going to get there.”

At this phase, commissioners said they were only comfortable granting a rezoning — from agricultural to single-family residential — for the first phase of the development. All details associated with the second phase will be subject to further scrutiny.

Village President Dean Wolter, who chairs the Plan Commission, said focusing on the first phase was the prudent step to take at this time since there are still a number of unknowns associated with the second phase.

“I think there’s still questions to be answered,” Wolter said.

Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on Leszczynski’s plans for the site at a public hearing slated for a Plan Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

Also Monday, commissioners gave preliminary approval to a development plat associated with a 37-lot single-family subdivision located south of Freistadt Road, north of Elm Lane and west of Wasaukee Road.

Village officials approved the rezoning for the subdivision, which has been dubbed Harvest Hills, in late February. Top Leaf Development is overseeing the project, which encompasses 107 acres.

The plat represents revised plans for the site, which initially was slated to have 42 lots. Wetland areas discovered during preliminary construction caused for tweaks to the overall design of the development.