13-year-old plan coming to fruition
Subdivision being built off Falls Road

By Melanie Boyung - Special to Conley Media

July 5, 2019

GRAFTON — The Blue Stem subdivision is making headway in the village of Grafton.

The 118-lot development is planned for 68 acres on the south side of Falls Road, at the intersection with Cheyenne Avenue.

Cheyenne Avenue will be extended south of Falls Road as part of the development, with the subdivision building out on either side of it.

The subdivision was originally planned more than a decade ago; while periodically discussed since then, construction never began until this year.

The Village Board Monday approved the final plat for phase one of Blue Stem. A final plat is the last approval for development, showing the layout of what will be built.

The final plat shows that phase one includes 33 residential lots, ranging from 14,224 square feet to 50,701 square feet. Most of the lots are between 14,224 and 18,000 square feet, about one-third of an acre or slightly more, with a handful of larger lots created by the subdivision’s layout.

Information from the Department of Public Works indicated sitework and infrastructure began at Blue Stem in April, as the first phase includes water, sewer and roadwork. The plat finalizes the property layout for the first 33 homes in the subdivision and related infrastructure.

A report from Community Development Director Jessica Wolff stated the final plat was in line with the preliminary plat approved more than a year ago by the village’s Plan Commission, and recommended Village Board approval.

Development documents show Blue Stem will be built out in four phases, and the final plats for later phases will come to the Board after the first is built out.

The one condition placed on the approval pertained to the roads, and that village standards generally require paved turnarounds at the end of dead-ends for emergency vehicle and access purposes. Phase one of Blue Stem includes four temporary dead-ends at the edges of the phase, where roads will extend with future development. The resolution the Village Board approved indicated paving will be required on one of the four, on the new Teton Trail.

“In speaking with the developer, he was concerned with having paved turnarounds at all four streets,” Wolff said Monday. “I spoke with police, fire and DPW, and they’re comfortable with a paved turnaround at the south end of the development, and gravel turnarounds at the others. The developer found that acceptable.”

According to village documents from a June 2011 Plan Commission meeting, the subdivision was originally proposed in 2006 and received further approvals in 2007, but then never moved forward. It is being developed now by Robert Tillman.