residents urged members of the Mequon Common Council
Tuesday to zone a property at the dead end on West
Donges Bay Road as single-family residential.
It now is zoned for business.
Photo by Gary Achterberg
MEQUON — The Mequon Common Council took several steps
Tuesday aimed at what members hope will guide
appropriate development for a prominent entryway to the
In two unanimous votes, aldermen:
■ Lifted a development moratorium that affected 29
properties in the vicinity of Donges Bay and Cedarburg
roads that has been in place since April.
■ Approved a package of zoning changes that will affect
a dozen of those properties.
City planners hit the pause button on development in the
neighborhood last spring so they could talk to property
owners and then propose zoning changes intended to spark
desired new businesses and make the area a nice gateway
on Mequon’s south side.
Stores offering “grab-andgo” food, small professional
services and perhaps a bakery or sit-down restaurant all
would be welcome additions to the well-traveled
corridor, Kim Tollefson director of Community
Development, said previously.
The intersection is best known for the busy, 24-hour
Kwik Trip on its southeast corner. Two prominent
properties across Cedarburg Road – the former 2.25-acre
Alpine Village and 1.03-acre Finn McGoo’s – are vacant
and for sale.
As part of the zoning changes approved Tuesday, much of
the area will be included in a new business zoning
district called Neighborhood Commercial.
The plans have been thoroughly discussed at prior
meetings of the Common Council and Planning Commission,
resulting in aldermen passing the bulk of the package
with little discussion.
The only sticking point – a topic of discussion at
several past meetings as well – is the appropriate
zoning for a parcel with an occupied home and several
other structures on the north side of the dead-end of
Donges Bay Road.
The property currently has a B-3 business zoning. Seven
nearby residents spoke during a public hearing Tuesday
evening. All urged aldermen to preserve the rural
character of the neighborhood. Most suggested
single-family residential zoning as the most-appropriate
designation for the property.
Perry Robinson said a city recommendation to change the
parcel to Neighborhood Commercial was “in my view not a
“It’s a compromise for the property owner and for the
city, but not for those of us who live around there and
who oppose future development,” he said.
Joe Bastien said adding commercial development at the
end of the road would exacerbate the issue.
“I’m all for commercial development – when it makes
sense – but this rezoning doesn’t make sense,” he said.
“Single-family residential best fits the area. We will
be watching this closely as it proceeds.”
Jeremy La Sage said he bought the property at 4828 W.
Donges Bay Road partly because of its business zoning
with a desire to both live and work there.
He said he is continuing to develop plans and ideas for
the property. He added that he is very supportive of the
direction the city is trying to take the neighborhood.
He said Tollefson has been very helpful in working to
find a compromise.
“I’m not trying to railroad anything through,” La Sage
said, adding he wants to find a use that “would be
agreeable to everyone in the neighborhood.”
Before acting on most of the zoning changes, aldermen
carved out that property. They then voted 7-1 – with
Dale Mayr voting no – to table the issue and revisit it