WEST BEND — The
proposed Fleet Farm expansion planned for the southeast corner of
Highway Z and West Washington Street in West Bend will continue with
officials’ support for the development.
Members of the
Plan Commission moved forward with a couple of proposals related to
the project, one of which required formal approval while the other
provided officials with information to determine if they had any
concerns or problems with the construction plans. The first grants
request from staff to establish a public hearing to amend the 2020
Comprehensive Plan, altering the land use for the area.
is temporarily zoned B-1 Community Business District when it was
annexed back in 2001 and 2004,” Business and Development Planner
James Reinke said. “The Comprehensive Plan itself identified this
area as wetland areas, commercial land uses, along with open space
and two-family uses.”
along with Fleet Farm representatives, want to amend the plan for
the site, changing the commercial land use, open space and
two-family designations to commercial use — all to encourage the
development of the property.
the accompanying memo that Reinke sent to members of the Plan
Commission, should members agree with the staff recommendations,
they requested a public hearing to solicit feedback from residents
regarding the matter.
The memo states
staff believe the change is appropriate for expanding the open
spaces to the west and east, “creating a larger buffer and
separation between the commercial use and the uses to the south and
changes would occur at the date of the hearing, which would occur at
the regular meeting for Sept. 11.
presented the concept plan for the development of the site by
representatives from Fleet Farm.
development proposal would be for a 190,000-square-foot Fleet Farm
building along with a 5,000-square-foot gas station and convenience
store with a car wash,” Reinke said. “They are also proposing a
5.8-acre site along Washington Street for future commercial
Reinke’s memo pertaining to the concept plan, there will be two
roadways to access the proposed development. The main entrance will
be along Shepherds Drive with a second driveway proposed further to
the west. Vehicles will not be able to enter the retail
establishment along West Washington Street. Customers will have
access to convenience store and fueling station from the main retail
additional studies that need to be completed. That includes a
traffic impact analysis to determine if road modifications are
needed for Washington Street, improvements such as median
alterations, turn lanes and traffic signals.
There will also
be an environmental assessment to identify the wetlands and primary
environmental corridor. There are two wetland modifications proposed
with the 5.8-acre commercial development area. One is 0.05 acres and
the other is 0.06 acres.
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