MERTON — The developers of a
73-lot, high-end subdivision in the midst of Lake Country hope to
break ground in mid- to late summer.
The Plan Commission unanimously approved Wednesday night the
preliminary plat map for the Stone Ridge Subdivision, which extends
for 135 acres north and east of the intersection of Winkelman and
Administrator Tom Nelson said the Village Board would accept the
commission’s recommendation this week.
Approval of the preliminary plat map means the developers can begin
construction as soon as they complete engineering plans and the land
is rezoned, according to Nelson.
Keith Kindred of Short Elliott Hendrickson, consultants for
developer Albin “Chip” Halquist, said he expects construction will
begin in July or August.
Halquist is one of four grandsons of Albin “Stoney” Halquist who own
the farm land.
“Stoney” Halquist was the founder of the Halquist Stone Company,
although the four brothers are no longer associated with the
Quick approvals for the development were assured late in 2018 when
the board unanimously agreed to rezone the land after annexing it
from the Town of Lisbon as part of a border agreement between the
The subdivision’s plans are compatible with the village’s long-range
land use plan and do not require conditional use permits or
approvals as a planned unit development, Nelson explained The land
touches the borders of the village and Town of Merton and the Town
of Lisbon in addition to being less than a half mile north of the
Initially, the plans called for 90 homes on lots ranging in size
from one to three acres.
However, the number of homes was reduced to 69 after real estate
agent Liz Tobolt convinced the developers the land would be more
valuable and generate more revenue if there were more threeacre lots
in the plan.
Kindred explained Wednesday that four lots were recently added to
the plan after the developers decided to replace a private drive
with a cul-desac.
The development will also include two village parks and an
all-purpose path around its perimeter that will connect to existing
biking/hiking paths in adjoining subdivisions.
The main entrance to the development will be at the Walnut Grove
Drive and Ainsworth Road intersection in the Walnut Grove
subdivision in the Town of Lisbon.
There will also be access and egress into the development from
Serenity Drive, located on the west central edge of the Beaumont
Ridge residential development on the west side of the proposed