Officials make way for new subdivision on village's west side
Board moves to include Lied's Nursery in sanitary sewer area
Menomonee Falls — In order to accommodate a subdivision planned at the former Lied's Nursery site in Menomonee Falls, village officials last week moved to include the land in the Menomonee Falls Sanitary Sewer Service Area.
Lied's Nursery Co. wants to sell its 100-plus acre plot of land located east of Town Line Road, south of the Union Pacific Railroad to developer Jim Forester and Point Real Estate for a future subdivision.
Before the sale goes through, Lied's requested that the Menomonee Falls sanitary sewer service area plan be amended to include their property — a necessary step for a subdivision development. The Village Board on Sept. 3 unanimously approved the amendment after a public hearing where no one spoke for or against the proposal.
Needs further approvals
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, which governs metropolitan infrastructure including sanitary sewer planning, and the Department of Natural Resources have to also approve the inclusion of new land into the sewer service area before it becomes official.
The SEWRPC plans to move the amendment forward at a September meeting and then forward the changes to the DNR, which is the regulatory agency for sewerage systems, for final approval.
The Sussex wastewater treatment plant would serve that area of the village. The development would increase the planned sewer service area by 3 percent, according to village documents. This is an allowable increase, Director of Engineering Services Tom Hoffman said.
The board last week also approved the request of Forester to create the Lied's Property Planned Residential Development for a subdivision layout that creates 127 single-family lots and 12 duplex lots along the east side of Town Line Road. The development has an estimated value of $57 million, Village Trustee Steve Raymonds said.
According to village documents, initial plans call for two access roads into the subdivision from Town Line Road, as well as a connecting road to Silver Spring Golf and Banquet Center, which borders the property.
It will be served by municipal sewer and water.
Stormwater concerns raised
The Lied's Nursery site encompasses 103 acres. There are 17 acres of land that are in primary and secondary environmental corridors, with 85 acres of open land. The environmental corridor includes Willow Springs Creek and the associated 100-year recurrence interval floodplain. Trustee Sharon Ellis expressed concerns about the subdivision adding additional stormwater runoff to a subdivision located south of Lied's Nursery.
Hoffman said the development is on higher ground and won't have any positive or negative impact on surrounding areas in terms of drainage.
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