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
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
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.