The Mequon Common Council will consider conceptual plans for an 83-lot, single-family residential development at an 86-acre site between a subdivision and the Mequon Nature Preserve.
Joe Bukovic, vice president of development at Point Real Estate, presented plans for the project on behalf of Kaerek Homes at a March 21 planning commission meeting.
“Based on the location of the property, with a little denser subdivision to the west and the Mequon Nature Preserve to the east, we thought this was a good candidate for a cluster-type development,” Bukovic said at the meeting.
The commission voted to recommend the common council approve the project’s rezoning request. If approved by the council, the developer could build one house per acre instead of one house per 5 acres.
Conceptual plans show lots would range from 0.50 acres to 0.71 acres; prices for home and lot packages would range from $575,000 to $900,000.
Two road extensions would connect Huntington Park to Swan Road through the neighborhood. The western half of the neighborhood would have a road profile that transitions from an urban road cross-section to a wider, rural road cross-section in an effort to mitigate traffic accidents.
An internal trail system would connect cul-de-sacs to the sidewalk, an active open space area and the Mequon Nature Preserve.
Bukovic said the site would include 35% open space, average lot size would be 23,000 square feet and average lot width would be 100 feet.
Residents speak up
Several residents shared their concerns with officials, commenting on the proposed lot size, possible increased crime and potential water and sewage issues.
Jane Chevako called the development extremely dense and congested.
“When the city developed the 5-acre minimum, it was very exciting for me because then I knew that when the day came that this was no longer going to be a farm field (and) it was going to be subdivisions, 5-acre minimums kept a very large amount of open space for me,” Chevako said at the meeting.
But James Jossie said he didn’t have a problem with the proposed lot sizes.
“It’s probably the best alternative that’s been presented to us over the years,” he said.
But Jossie, a 39-year resident of the Huntington Park subdivision, said he is concerned about potential safety issues due to increased traffic. He also cited several recent car thefts that have occurred in Mequon and told officials that he’s considered increasing security at his home.
Others referred local flooding, asking officials to make sure a new subdivision won’t intensify the issue.
Mayor John Wirth said he is aware of the water issue and encouraged residents to “trust that the process will work” regarding the city’s efforts to ensure the development will not increase flooding.
Empathizing with Jossie, Wirth said he, too, is “really concerned” about crime, but not in connection with the proposed development.
He said there’s been a spike in thefts that has probably been the worst “in at least the 25 years that I’ve been around that area.”
But Wirth said the whole city has been affected. “It wasn’t just areas of the city that were right along the border,” he said.
Wirth added that car thefts have subsided since January, and police have apprehended suspects involved in five car thefts.
“I’m not saying it’s not going to happen again,” Wirth said. “But if you look at our crime rate, while we had a spike, our crime rate hasn’t gone up. It’s just that they came together because there were literally some groups of people who came in cars, spread out throughout the city, stole a bunch of cars and broke into a whole bunch of cars, several of whom have been apprehended.”
Wirth said the council will likely consider the development April 12, and is expected to vote on the rezoning request May 10.