JACKSON — After a one-month
hiatus, a village of Jackson panel Thursday gave a favorable
recommendation to a proposed 60-unit storage facility near a
But in reviewing applicant Joseph Merkel’s proposal at W206 N16001
Stone Brook Drive and W206 N16010 Stone Brook Drive, village
staffers noted a potential point of concern — the property is in an
area delineated as a wetland.
Village Administrator John Walther said he believes Merkel’s
proposal would be an improvement to the property — and members of
the Plan Commission echoed similar sentiments.
“I think overall it would definitely improve the look of that area,”
While commissioners gave their favorable recommendation to the
Village Board, which will act on the recommendation at Tuesday’s
meeting, the panel strongly suggested Merkel get confirmation on the
site’ status before any dirt is pushed around to make way for the
“An area doesn’t have to be under water for it to be a wetland,”
commissioner Jon Weil said. “I wouldn’t do anything until you
determine whether or not this is a wetland.”
Walther said several agencies beyond the village’s purview —
including the state Department of Natural Resources and Washington
County — would have to review the site and make a definitive
“It would be your responsibility to do that,” Walther said to
Merkel. Depending upon the determination reached, Walther said
Merkel might need to “mitigate the site in some fashion.”
Merkel originally went before the Plan Commission a month ago, but
members of the appointed body refrained from making a final
recommendation at the time, asserting Merkel did not supply enough
Although the new proposed storage units would abut two residential
sites — Sherman Meadows and the Twin Bridges Condominiums — Merkel
said his new envision would compliment the nearby residential
“I would just like to do a little something there … and I think this
would be something nice for the tenants,” Merkel said as he
re-emphasized his plans at this week’s meeting.
According to his application materials, Merkel is proposing
architectural characteristics that mimic Sherman Meadows and Twin
Bridges, including a beige color scheme and brick façade.
The units would be geared toward tenants and property owners living
within Sherman Meadows and Twin Bridges, Merkel said.
In his initial presentation, Merkel said he did reach out to
residents near the land envisioned for the storage units to solicit
comments on his proposal.
“I have not gotten back any negative feedback,” Merkel said to the
commissioners last month.
The current village zoning for the pair of Stone Brook Drive parcels
is deemed planned unit development — a technical designation noting
the likelihood of future construction on the land.
In other business Thursday, commissioners gave a favorable
recommendation to subdivide an as-yet undeveloped lot along Highland
Road in the English Oaks subdivision.
One of the subdivided lots will be used immediately for new home
construction if plans move forward as proposed.