TOWN OF LISBON — A Milwaukee
developer’s proposal for a 55-acre business park on farmland along
Lisbon Road (Hwy K), west of Hwy. 164, is the subject of a joint
Town Board and Plan Commission public hearing Thursday night at 6:30
p.m. at Town Hall.
Wangard wants the town to change its comprehensive land use plan,
and zoning on a 75-acre farm owned by the Brown family, so the
company can develop a mixed-use business park on 55 acres, according
to town officials.
The remaining 20 acres would remain zoned for agricultural and
conservancy uses, according to company officials.
However, Town Chairman Joe Osterman told Conley Media he told the
developers there are no assurances the Plan Commission or Town Board
would approve the rezoning and amending the land use plan.
In addition, Osterman said, the developer’s request may be in
violation of a border agreement between the town and village of
The developers are also asking the town to create a tax incremental
financing (TIF) district to provide town funding of public
improvements such as streets, sidewalks and utilities for the
The Town Board has commissioned a study of the potential of a TIF
district that is being paid for by the developers.
The proposed Lisbon business park — Highland Business Park, Phase II
— would be connected to another business park — Highland Business
Park, Phase I — presently under construction on nearly 150 acres on
the northwest corner of the intersection of Hwy. 164 and Lisbon Road
in the village of Sussex.
The Sussex business park is intended for industrial, food service,
health care and retail uses, according to company officials.
However, the uses for the Lisbon business park have yet to be
defined, according to town officials.
Osterman explained the town’s long-range plan intended for the
farmland to eventually be converted to residential uses.
There is a residential neighborhood across Lisbon Road from the
proposed business park. “If we changed the comprehensive plan, we
could be in violation of the border agreement with Sussex because
according to the border agreement that land is supposed to be
residential,” he said.
In addition, Waukesha County would have to approve any change in the
town’s land use plan or zoning adopted by the Town Board.
However, approval by the county appears likely because county
officials are encouraging the development since the demand for
industrial properties is greater than the supply in the county,
according to a study conducted by the Southeastern Wisconsin
Regional Plan Commission.