Project on Port’s south side takes another step with commission’s approval of preliminary plat and zoning
The proposed Cedar Vineyard subdivision on Port Washington’s south side took another step forward last week as the Plan Commission approved a preliminary plat and zoning for the development.
The actions are contingent on a number of things, chief among them the Highview Group — which is developing the subdivision — buying the property.
Typically, rezoning and approval of a preliminary plat would occur after a developer has acquired the land, City Planner Randy Tetzlaff said.
But in this case, the bank that is financing the development is requiring those actions occur before the developer closes on the purchase, he said.
“We cannot close without the rezoning,” Tom Swarthout, president of the Highview Group, told the Plan Commission.
Waukesha State Bank, which currently owns the land, doesn’t want it rezoned until it is sold, Swarthout added.
The solution, he said, is to make the actions — the sale and rezoning — concurrent.
“It will all happen at the same time, within minutes,” he said.
Tetzlaff said, “We want to say the city is committed to this (subdivision). That’s why we’re doing this now.”
The plan calls for 82 single-family home sites that vary in size, as well as business zoning for a winery that will be planted in stages over five years.
Swarthout noted that the first vines have been ordered and will be delivered in early June.
The winery will have a 100-car parking lot that will also serve a 101-acre nature preserve, as well as a public restroom that can be used by customers and visitors to the preserve.
Swarthout said he plans to close the purchase soon.
“It is our intention to start construction almost immediately,” he added.
At the closing, Swarthout said, the nature preserve will in turn be purchased by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust through grants and contributions from Ozaukee County and the City of Port Washington.
“We will possess the county property for minutes, then it will be turned over,” he said.
The commission’s action was also contingent on a proper legal description being obtained for each zoning area and that it meet all state and municipal codes.
The city’s action is among the final steps needed to approve the subdivision, Tetzlaff added.
“We’re finally near the finish line,” he said.