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Plan for new subdivision in Grafton raises traffic worries PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE POIRIER   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:33

Residents of Cedarton Estates oppose road plan for Kohlwey subdivision

    A proposed subdivision could add 141 homes to the Village of Grafton, but nearby residents from the Town of Cedarburg are concerned the plan could negatively impact the traffic safety in the area.
      “We’re supportive of the project because it’s great to have a vibrant community with new homes and growth. Our biggest concern is Keup Road and the major increase in traffic flow when you put up a major development with a single entry and exit,” said Town of Cedarburg resident, Chris Cotton, who lives in the nearby Cedarton Estates subdivision immediately west of the proposed Kohlwey subdivision.  
    The concept plan calls for transforming an 80-acre farm into a residential development with 91 single-family lots and 25 duplexes.
    The land, which is on the northeast corner of Keup Road and Highway 60, would be developed by Towne Realty Inc. 
    The proposed site is currently in the Town of Cedarburg, but Towne Realty intends to have the 80 acres annexed into the village. 
    Village Director of Planning and Development Jessica Wolff said village laws would allow for a subdivision of this size. 
    During an October Plan Commission meeting, several residents of Cedarton Estates voiced their concerns about the plan. They noted that the main entry into the subdivision would be Keup Road, which is the same access point for Cedarton.
 Village Director of Planning and Development Jessica Wolff said the Wisconsin Department of Transportation controls new intersections and access points from Highway 60. She also said access from Keup Road was for safety and regulation.
    “We haven’t made a final determination on the plan yet,” she said. “We heard some information from the state that they’re fine with the traffic coming from Keup Road.”
    Other Cedarton residents said they were concerned the additional vehicles on Highway 60 would increase traffic density to an already busy intersection.
    “How would first-responders be able to get into our neighborhood and the new neighborhood of about 140 homes when a single point of entry could be blocked?” Cotton asked. “Our issue isn’t with the law, it’s more common sense. If you’re going to put a new development in Grafton have a master plan approach instead of putting all the traffic on one road because it’s not going to be good for anybody.”
    According to Wolff, Towne Realty is aiming for a February Plan Commission meeting for a public hearing.
    In a staff report, Wolff said the subdivision would be the first to use the village’s fine-grained planned neighborhood zoning, which was added to the village’s future use map last year. Instead of specifying the type of building that can be constructed on particular properties, planned neighborhood zoning has a percentage standard for what amount of area must be developed for single-family and multi-family residences.  
    The documents also show that there would be five retention ponds for stormwater management and 4.3 acres of park space, which contains one of the retention ponds.

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