LETTER: Dense subdivision will benefit only developer and his wallet

To Ozaukee Press:     

All in favor, say aye. Those opposed, we aren’t listening.     

The Village of Grafton Plan Commission brought the Stonewall Reserve housing development forward for review and public comment last week. This development is the overly dense, single- entry-and-exit neighborhood (140 home sites) proposed for the already congested corridor at Highway 60 and Keup Road.          

The overwhelming consensus of those in attendance was that this development as currently planned would be unsafe, would create additional congestion in a constrained corridor, would not allow for the safe passage of pedestrians and emergency vehicles and would encroach on existing wetlands and natural habitats, and that it fails to meet the spirit of the village’s master plan.       

A last-minute traffic study expedited prior to the meeting essentially acknowledged the validity of the voiced concerns. As an engineer, I understand data has quantitative and qualitative elements. As a concerned citizen and parent, I can assure you this development will not be a benefit to anyone but the developer and his wallet.     

Chairman Brunnquell seemed content to avoid a direct discussion on these points, and moved to quickly vote on both the annexation and zoning change. Thankfully, one of the plan commissioners took pause and tabled a formal vote on the rezoning.       

This appears to be a similar dynamic that occurred with the business development proposed for annexed land on the east side of I-43.       

We shouldn’t allow government officials to expedite approvals that fail to represent the best interests of those who elected them. Fortunately, this topic will be voted on at the Village Board meeting on Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall.     

 I encourage all Grafton and Cedarburg citizens to get involved and understand this flawed plan that is pending approval. Visit the village website to view all of the documents: www.village.grafton.wi.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2776. You can email Chairman Brunnquell directly at jbrunnquell@village.grafton.wi.us.

Chris Cotton

Town of Cedarburg



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