Pictured are two choices for units included in the
Cedarburg Trails condominium complex.
CEDARBURG — Developer Greg James’ attendance at Plan
Commission meetings during the past year has rivaled
that of the Cedarburg Plan Commissioners, but that
tenacity was rewarded Monday night as he finally
received the two approvals he needed to move the project
forward on Cedarburg’s south side.
“I think we are getting close; I see a vast improvement
over the original (submitted) plans,” Cedarburg City
Planner Jon Censky told the Plan Commission at the start
of the discussion.
James’ project, originally proposed as 28 units in 14
two-unit structures on 5.52 acres of land, would be on a
long-undeveloped parcel on Evergreen Boulevard. It is
the last available in the industrial park and has been
for sale for seven years without securing an industrial
buyer. He does not yet own the parcel, and has been
waiting for the Plan Commission to approve a land use
plan amendment and a rezone before the purchase.
This was the third time his plans were up for review
before the Plan Commission, due mostly to commissioners
having concerns about the design of the proposed condos.
Staff had recommended to James that he allow a review of
the most current plans by commissioners Adam Voltz, an
architect and Greg Zimmerschied, a developer.
“You’ve picked up a lot of the suggestions the Plan
Commission offered,” said Voltz at the meeting. “My
concern is just working out the detail of the site plan
… the configuration is a bit awkward and it feels a bit
like a hockey stick. It’s not really an improvement.”
The complex is slated to have one private road and one
access point from Evergreen Boulevard. Voltz had
sketched out an alternate plan to show how he though the
site could work, but it also removed one two-condo unit
from the plans.
Commissioners also have been hesitant to approve James’
request at previous meetings, because doing so would
lock in the footprint of the project.
“This is for concept approval; he will come back for
review with details,” said Censky. “The request for the
Planned Unit Development approval will lock in the
footprints, layout and number of units.”
“I appreciate the changes in design … but from my
perspective, I still thought there were too many units,”
said Commissioner Pat Thome. “Fourteen units is too many
in this space. I realize that you are putting in as many
units as you can in part to reduce the association fees,
but with 26 units you can still have reasonable condo
Plan Commissioners and James discussed how removing one
unit will loosen up more space within the complex
itself, specifically between units. James had noted at a
previous meeting that his target demographic will be
older residents, who are not as concerned with available
Commissioner Voltz noted that by adopting his suggested
plan, the entry to the complex as well as the layout of
the road would be a more accessible design. Zimmerschied
also suggested that James add a partial sidewalk to the
plan to improve pedestrian access off of Evergreen
Boulevard. As planned, the complex does not have
James was comfortable with the suggested modifications
and received his necessary approvals by unanimous vote
by the Plan Commission.
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