James is pursuing plans to build a 55-and-older-resident
complex on the city’s south side.
Rendering courtesy of the
city of Cedarburg
CEDARBURG — A new condominium development on Cedarburg’s
south side proposed for residents 55 years and older
side will have to wait another month for a necessary
amendment to the land-use plan and a rezone of the
The plan for Cedarburg Trail Condominiums includes 28
units in 14 two-unit structures on 5.52 acres of land on
Evergreen Blvd. The parcel is the last available parcel
in the industrial park and has been for sale for seven
years without securing an industrial buyer.
Developer Greg James was before the Plan Commission
Monday seeking two changes for the parcel: a land use
plan amendment from its existing industrial and
manufacturing classification to high-medium density
residential and a rezoning recommendation.
In order for the Plan Commission to even consider his
request, all of the existing landowners in the park had
to agree to it.
“That took about a year,” said James, noting that it was
due to the efforts of the existing property owner
contacting each owner individually. As all have now
signed off, he had hoped to move forward with the
Plan Commissioners had a number of concerns with James’
plan. The lot itself is long and wide, which places
limitations on how James can create a design with 28
units and a roadway, which will be private and not
maintained by the city. Trash collection will be managed
and paid for by the condo association, which will
contract with Waste Management under the proposed plan.
“I’ve had to modify the floor plan; we couldn’t do the
depth we normally use and the units had to become
longer,” said James, noting that the change in plans was
needed to accommodate the setback in the front of the
units. Each unit will be separated by 5 feet from its
“How is guest parking handled?” asked Commissioner Sig
Strautmanis, who noted that in some of the condo
complexes he’s been involved in the development of, his
firm has gone back and had to add parking.
“The owners would be required to park in the garages,
not in the driveways,” said James. “We don’t want it to
look like a parking lot. Guests would park in the
driveways or on Evergreen Boulevard. There is no planned
Commissioner Heather Cain raised concerns with this
plan, noting that staff at Today’s Dentistry already
parks on Evergreen.
“Their lot is quite small for the amount of patients
parking there,” she said. “It’s not a great thing to
park along that avenue.”
Commissioner Greg Zimmerschied questioned whether the
city could work with James to modify the required
setback so the private road could be enlarged and
parking on one side of the street could be allowed.
James noted that this may already be possible under the
However, Strautmanis noted that at some point, with even
less of a setback, a driveway becomes nonfunctional.
“At that point, you can’t fit a car on it anymore,” he
said. “Twenty feet is about the minimum for a
Among other concerns, Plan Commissioners also questioned
the design of the units. At a previous meeting, James
had been encouraged to modify his proposed design to be
more reflective of the existing homes on the west side
of Evergreen Boulevard, which were designed with more
Staff also noted that the proposed private drive does
not line up with the existing Pheasant Court cul de sac,
and to do so would likely infringe in the proposed space
for one of the planned units.
“There are layers and layers (of concern) on top of each
other, it’s a long straight street with long straight
buildings, “ said Commissioner Adam Voltz. “I just don’t
Commissioner Mark Burgoyne also said that the proposal
was technically for an in-fill lot, which should require
the city to hold it to a little higher standard.
Mayor Mike O’Keefe pointed out to the commission that
should they approve the change, they are locking in the
number of units that can be built on site. Additionally,
the current property owner was in the audience and, when
asked by the commission what he would prefer, asked that
the changes be made concurrently with each other, as
should the development not happen, he would be stuck
with a residential property in an industrial park.
Ultimately, the Plan Commission decided not to take
action on the requests and asked that James return next
month with a revised plan to see how he could address
the issues raised at the meeting.
“All we really ask is that you take our concerns to
heart,” said Zimmerschied. “You have the opportunity to
do little things … if you build them to the ‘Cedarburg
standard’ I think they would sell. There is a ‘Cedarburg
dividend’ out there for you.”