Eastside subdivision proposal moves forward

Revised concept plan for River Bend Meadows gets positive commission review

A CONCEPT MAP by Neumann Developments details a 110-home subdivision along 50 acres of Port Washington Road south of Falls Road in Grafton. A preliminary proposal for the River Bend Meadows project was given a green light by the Village Plan Commission on Wednesday.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Plans are moving forward for a 110-home subdivision on Grafton’s east side after developers were asked to refine their initial plan in October.

Neumann Developments received a favorable review on Tuesday, Jan. 22, when it presented a revised concept plan to the Village Plan Commission for a single-family subdivision along 50 acres on Port Washington Road south of Falls Road. 

Surrounding the proposed River Bend Meadows project on a four-parcel site is the Falls Crossing subdivision immediately to the north, Town of Grafton property, I-43 and village-owned land to the east, and a We Energies electrical substation and residential town property to the south.

About 11 acres of the proposed subdivision are in the town. 

Town Chairman Lester Bartel told Ozaukee Press he understands the development is in the village’s planned growth corridor and wouldn’t oppose annexation of town land. 

The land to the west of the subdivision includes two village lots totaling 20 acres. Village plans call for a 10-acre park in the proposed subdivision, with the remaining land intended for sale to Neumann Developments, Village Community Development Director Jessica Wolff said.

Wolff said the location of the subdivision is critical in the village’s long-range plans for transportation, water and sewer. 

The average lot size for the subdivision is 12,276 square feet, with a minimum of 10,000 square feet. 

During the October meeting, the developer’s concept plan showed 93 lots with an average lot size of 10,842 square feet and a minimum of 8,500 square feet. 

Wolff said the initial lot sizes presented in fall were a concern for the village. The developer was seeking special zoning, outside of the R-2 residential designation, to create smaller lots, which posed some challenges for the village’s long-term goals. Village President Jim Brunnquell, the Plan Commission chairman, requested the developer follow the zoning regulations. 

The original plan also showed a 40-acre subdivision that would have 93 homes. The additional 10 acres in the revised plan will come from the land sold by the village. 

In fall, the developer also proposed creating a street that would connect to River Bend Road by going through village land around a wetland and ending on the northeast portion of the property on Port Washington Road. 

Wolff said the village would like to have River Bend Road extend straight to the east to create a new intersection at Port Washington Road. She also said the angled road posed challenges to connecting village’s water and sewer mains.

Director of Public Works Amber Thomas said the water connection will include a utility loop that would link the proposed subdivision with future developments.  

No action was taken at last week’s meeting, but the commission said they supported the updated plans. The development will require approval of a site plan, permitting and stormwater management plans. 

Village documents do not illustrate a timeline for the development, but the concept plan shows four phases of construction for River Bend Meadows.

 

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