Genesee officials give green light to housing development
Agriculture-designated land has been rezoned for Brandybrook Estates project

By Dave Fidlin - Special to Conley Media

Aug. 20, 2019

TOWN OF GENESEE — After months of review, a proposed housing development in Genesee has moved one step closer to reality.

Local developers have pitched The Legend of Brandybrook Estates on land within the town that had been zoned for mini-farm district use. The sprawling parcel is currently undeveloped.

For the new housing project to come to fruition, the multi-acre property at W304S1806 Brandybrook Road had to receive a zoning designation of residential district.

Jeff Herrmann, town administrator and planner with Genesee, said the developers have received the goahead for the project, though a number of caveats have been attached to the project.

“It’s going to be limited to 11 homes, which has been discussed,” Herrmann said. “These are going to be condostyle homes, and a declaration will have to be approved.”

The developer on record for the project is The Legend of Brandybrook Estates LLC. Carl Tomich, president of Waukesha-based Westbridge Builders, is listed as registered agent of the limited liability company. Westbridge’s portfolio includes a number of subdivision developments, including several in development elsewhere in the area. Among them: Hidden Lake Estates in Brookfield, Spencer’s Pass in Menomonee Falls and Swan View Farms in Pewaukee.

The Genesee Town Board made a series of technical decisions Aug. 12, paving the way for the next phase of the project.

The board at its most recent meeting approved an ordinance to amend the town’s zoning map, consummating the change in landuse designation. A planned unit development, or PUD, has also been assigned to the site, which is customary for a parcel hosting a project being built from the ground up.

Several other reviews within and beyond the town’s purview also reviewed the plans for Westbridge and gave favorable nods.

In May, the Waukesha County Land Use, Parks and Environment Committee reviewed the plans and gave a favorable recommendation on the condition buffers, including evergreen landscaping, serve as an environmental shield from surrounding parcels.

The full County Board affirmed the committee’s recommendation the same month.

Within the town, several reviews took place, Herrmann said, including a comb-through of the conceptual details by members of the Plan Commission.

The Town Board’s recent vote in favor of the rezoning sets in motion a countdown clock.

“They basically have three years to satisfy all of the requirements (in the PUD), which would take us to August of 2022,” Herrmann said.

With the rezoning in place, Herrmann said he anticipates Westbridge representatives returning to the town with clearer visions for the site, including the style and rendering of the condo-style housing developments.

Other technical details — including engineering-related information and fleshed-out details of infrastructure work — also will need to be presented to town officials for further consideration.

“They’ll have to come back, based on a number of the conditions that have been put in place,” Herrmann said.