Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 18:48
Village Board vote clears way for group to proceed with long-awaited project
Habitat for Humanity’s plan to build a housing project in Grafton cleared two major hurdles Monday when the Village Board approved the organization’s requests for rezoning and a certified survey map.
The board’s unanimous decisions, which concurred with recommendations from the Plan Commission, move the long-discussed project one step closer to reality.
The Ozaukee County Chapter of Habitat Lakeside plans to construct a duplex and a single-family home on one acre west of Sendik’s Food Market on First Avenue.
The wooded, vacant parcel is off the north side of Columbia Road.
Although Habitat officials first began talking with the village about using the site in 2004, disagreements over housing density, drainage and other issues have delayed the project.
A major breakthrough came last December when the Village Board approved Habitat’s request to annex the parcel from the Town of Cedarburg. Since then, officials have continued to fine-tune the site plan so it would conform to village requirements as a planned unit development.
Village President Jim Brunnquell said Monday he was pleased with the outcome of the approval process.
The project “is being represented well, and they’re moving forward,” Brunnquell said of Habitat officials.
“I think they’ve honed in on the details of the site plan.”
Although Habitat officials did not attend Monday’s meeting, representatives of the group said at the June 24 Plan Commission meeting that they concurred with rezoning conditions.
Plans call for a single-family unit to face south on the south end of the lot and the duplex will face east toward the north end.
Each unit will be about 1,300 square feet and include a one-car garage.
Conditions for rezoning require Habitat to preserve wetland on the parcel and make several changes to the site plan.
Those changes include adding an erosion-control fence adjacent to the wetland, constructing a sidewalk between the driveway and east property line, completing stormwater-management and utility plans that must be approved by the village engineer and revising a landscaping plan to include foundation plantings for both buildings.
The project must also be approved by the village’s Architectural Review Board.
Habitat has built eight residential units for low-income families in the City of Port Washington but none in other Ozaukee County communities.
Although Grafton’s approval paves the way for Habitat to begin building in the village, organization officials recently said they are unsure where or when the next home will be constructed.
The start of building in Grafton will also be determined by the success of fundraising for the project, which is expected to be built in two phases, Habitat officials said.