Business park proposed on Lisbon Road
Town conducting public hearing Thursday night

By Kelly Smith - Special to Conley Media

Sept. 10, 2019

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 Sussex.

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 development.

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.