Developer puts brakes on subdivision plan

Point Real Estate withdraws rezoning petition for 60 acres in town after concerns over housing density
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Plans are on hold to develop a subdivision on a parcel of land that was once pegged for a controversial business park in the Town of Grafton.

The Town Plan Commission last week tabled a decision to amend its land-use map and comprehensive plan after developer Dan Scardino of Point Real Estate withdrew a petition to rezone the land to an R-3 residential district, which would allow one-acre housing lots.

“We’re revisiting our layout to be more conducive with the land development in the area,” Scardino said in an interview.

“We felt the Plan Commission wouldn’t approve it, so we tabled it. We are going back to the drawing board.”

In February, Scardino asked the commission to table the matter because he was seeking more input from neighboring residents. 

The land in question is about 60 acres on Ulao Parkway South, just west of the intersection with Highway C. 

According to the town’s future land-use map, the majority of the land is designated as agricultural, with the remainder as rural transition (R-Tr) development.

The R-Tr zoning must have an overall density of two acres and a minimum area of one acre for housing in a subdivision. The minimum area for a two-story house is 2,000 square feet and for a one-story house is 1,750 square feet.

The R-3 zoning calls for a one-acre lot minimum, with a minimum area for a two-story house at 1,650 square feet and for a one-story house at 1,250 square feet. 

Scardino said that with the R-Tr zoning, he would be able to develop only 30 homes, but in the R-3 he could build about 44 homes that would each cost more than $500,000.

During a November public hearing attended by more than 40 people, several residents said the development could be done differently and voiced concern that changing the zoning would set a precedent for future development. 

Commission members said that because the R-Tr district was only created about a year ago, they wanted to see new development adhere to the plan.

Town Chairman Lester Bartel said developing a residential property on the land would prevent future annexation from the village.

In 2017, the village partnered with NAI MLG Commercial, a real-estate firm, to develop a business park on 114 acres of farmland at the northwest corner of Highway C and Ulao Road.

The land would have been annexed into the village and rezoned from agricultural to a planned industrial district.
Plans called for the village to be responsible for infrastructure improvements for the project, and for a tax incremental financing district to be created to pay for the work.

After residents from both the town and village voiced opposition to the business park, village officials abandoned the plan.

Village Administrator Jesse Thyes said the village is no longer interested in pursuing development at the site.

Scardino said he will return to the Plan Commission in two months with a new proposal.

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