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