LAC LA BELLE — Village staff has
begun crafting zoning ordinances to control development of a
corporate headquarters for the Prestwick Group near the Lac La Belle
golf course following the Village Board’s final approval of
amendments to the Smart Growth plan needed to accommodate the
Village Attorney Hector de la Mora said it will take at least 90
days for the Plan Commission and Village Board to approve what he
anticipates will be three separate ordinances. One of the ordinances
will control zoning on the approximately 27 acres where the
“administration building” — as it is described in the development
agreement between the village and Prestwick — is slated to be built.
The ordinance is expected to regulate the size, height, location,
lighting, stormwater management control, parking, landscaping and
open spaces and other issues related to the development.
The other ordinances will regulate zoning on the two parcels
adjacent to the building, including a five- or six-lot residential
development, according to de la Mora.
Village President Tim Clark assured residents attending the Dec. 19
Village Board meeting that they would be provided numerous
opportunities at public hearings and meetings to make comments and
offer proposals on the ordinances. De la Mora said there is also a
possibility the Plan Commission and Village Board will soon be asked
to approve plans by Prestwick for the construction of an event venue
— dubbed “The Carriage House” — on the golf course that they
acquired last year.
However, Clark said the village will take no action on The Carriage
House until plans are presented to village officials and he is
satisfied that Prestwick has completed work winterizing the golf
course following late summer and early fall construction.
Reconstruction of the golf course and construction of the
administration building are part of the development agreement that
was privately negotiated between Prestwick and village
representatives before it was approved by the Village Board
following a 90-minute meeting closed to the public on May 2.
Residents’ accusations against trustees
Approximately 17 village residents who have attended Plan Commission
and Village Board members have accused trustees of not being
transparent regarding the development proposal and the amendments to
the village’s comprehensive plan, called Smart Growth.
Three of those residents raised questions and expressed concerns
about the development before the Village Board voted unanimously on
Dec. 19 to approve the amendments proposed by the Plan Commission.
Clark and the trustees continued to describe the plan as a “mission
statement” regarding the village’s future and claimed the amendments
were purely procedural in order to gain approval from the
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Plan Commission (SEWPRC) to extend
sewer service to the proposed headquarters.
However, de la Mora and Village Administrator George Stumpf have
conceded that the amendments were necessary for the village to abide
by the development agreement with Prestwick.
The amendments changed the village’s long-range commercial
development policies to accommodate construction of the
headquarters, cottages for overnight golf accommodations, and the
Clark and the trustees say the headquarters development and golf
course reconstruction will increase the size of the village’s tax
base, generating new tax revenues for the village in the future.
In addition, they say Prestwick has agreed to pay for stormwater
management ponds near the proposed administration building and on
the golf course that will reduce stormwater runoff and water
pollution going into Lake Lac La Belle.
However, some residents living on Lac La Belle Lane, along the lake
shore, have complained of flooding as a result of Prestwick’s
reconstruction work on the golf course and the company’s failure to
complete on schedule a stormwater control pond north of the golf
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