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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 19:36

Village Board approves changes to 2035 comprehensive plan with land-use guidelines, including along Port Road

A revised master plan calling for future residential development that continues to emphasize single-family housing was adopted by the Grafton Village Board on Monday.

By a 6-1 vote, the board approved an ordinance amending its comprehensive plan, which established housing ratios and other land-use guidelines. That plan set a goal of having single-family housing comprise 68% of all residential development in the village.

The policy was adopted in 2009 in an effort to return the village to its historic housing balance.

The amendments in a comprehensive plan for 2035 make changes in housing ratios as part of fine-grained planned neighborhoods in new development. Housing ratios in the updated plan call for at least 64% single-family and no more than 16% two-family and 20% multifamily housing.

Monday’s board decision culminates an update process that began early this year. Working with the consulting firm Vandewalle & Associates, village officials prepared a comprehensive plan with revised land uses, including along the Port Washington Road corridor.

The village held a variety of meetings, including a summer workshop, to obtain input from residents, developers, business leaders and others. Drafts of the plan were considered at Plan Commission and Village Board meetings throughout the year.

During a public hearing Monday, Jackie Mich of Vandewalle & Associates said the final draft of the updated plan closely mirrors many of the village’s long-term goals in the original plan.

“I think we came up with a plan that continues the village’s current housing balance but allows flexibility,” she said.

Guidelines in the revised plan call for limiting multifamily development to the south commercial district and downtown and in small-scale projects at designated areas.

These areas, identified as infill and redevelopment sites, are more conducive to multifamily because “it is more difficult to attract development” there, Mich said.

The plan identifies proposed land uses in the Port Washington Road corridor, including:

n Office and professional services in an area south of Highway V and west of I-43.

n Retail and office uses in a triangle of land north of Arrowhead Road, east of Port Washington Road and west of I-43.

n Office and institutional uses north of Aurora Medical Center on land earmarked for expansion of the medical campus.

n Retail and commercial uses south of Arrowhead Road on both sides of I-43, on both sides of Port Washington Road south of existing development on Highway 60, and east of I-43 between the railroad tracks north of Falls Road.

Mich said the updated plan also calls for “relaxing restrictions” on removing woodlands for nonresidential development south of the Home Depot and Target stores on Port Washington Road and east of Grafton High School.

The new approach will allow developers to work more closely with landowners on potential projects, Mich said. 

The new woodlands provision drew criticism from Trustee Lisa Harbeck, who cast the dissenting vote on the ordinance change.

“I’m not a fan of either of those,” Harbeck said of potential for woodlands removal at the two designated areas.

There were no public comments during Monday’s hearing. 

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