Mequon completes zoning review

By Gary Achterberg

Feb. 21, 2019

 The Mequon Common Council has approved zoning changes that officials hope will encourage desirable commercial growth in the vicinity of Cedarburg and Donges Bay roads.
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MEQUON — Last spring, Mequon’s Common Council put the brakes on development near Cedarburg and Donges Bay roads.

The moratorium, which was lifted in January, was intended to give the city an opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan that would guide development along a key entryway to the city that now has vacant properties on two corners of the intersection.

The Common Council in January also approved a package of zoning changes for the area, designating many of the properties in a new zoning district called Neighborhood Commercial.

While the development moratorium was lifted for 29 properties in the area, one sticking point remained in January. A property at the dead-end of Donges Bay Road – just east of Kwik Trip – had a B-3 business zoning attached to it. The property has an occupied home and several other structures on it.

While seven nearby residents spoke at a public hearing in January and urged aldermen to rezone the property to single- family residential, the Common Council on Feb. 12 unanimously approved retaining the current B-3 business zoning.

The owner of the property at 4828 W. Donges Bay Road said he purchased it partly because of the business zoning with a desire to both live and work there. He told aldermen in January he has no intention to do anything on the land that is incompatible with the neighborhood.

The area is best known for the busy 24-hour Kwik Trip on the southeast corner of Donges Bay and Cedarburg roads. Two prominent properties across Cedarburg Road – the former 2.25-acre Alpine Village and 1.03-acre Finn McGoo’s – both are vacant and for sale.

During the eight-month-long development moratorium, city planning staff spoke with most of the property owners in the area to get their input on the rezoning plans. The changes that since have been adopted are intended to spark desired new businesses that will make the area a nice gateway on Mequon’s south side, said Kim Tollefson, Mequon’s director of Community Development.

Stores offering “grab-and-go” food, professional services and perhaps a bakery or sit-down restaurant all would be welcome additions to the well-traveled corridor, she said.

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