Plan Commission backs Miley’s Meadow condo changes

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor

The Sheboygan Falls Plan Commission supported a request to change the unit layout for the previously approved Miley’s Meadow Condominium project, during a monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Municipal Building.

The original plan, which was originally submitted to the Plan Commission by property owner and developer Curt Bushman of Bellcraft Builders in May, called for the development of 29 onestory condominium units, including one 2-unit building, five 3-unit buildings and three 4-unit buildings along the east side of Sarah’s Way, just off of Alfred Miley Way, Tower Drive and Fond Du Lac Avenue.

At the May meeting, Bushman said the 6.5-acre parcel of land would include a private roadway (Sarah’s Way) and an expanded condo association.

Bushman’s current request asks to change the original 29-unit design to a new design layout featuring 28 units comprised of 14 two-unit condos. The unit layout change request was greeted with positive comments and overall support from commissioners.

“I think this is an improved layout and a positive change for the development,” Commissioner Glen Kohlhagen said.

However, the layout of the private road, Sarah’s Way, raised some concerns.

“I am wondering if we would want to look into setting up rules or standards for residential developments with this number of units being located on a private road,” Commissioner Jim Pecquex said. “It seems like a high number of condos on a road that the city does not take care of. That is a concern for me.

“Is there a possibility that the city could take a private road like this and work it into being a public road at some point?” he said.

Commissioner and Sheboygan Falls Director of Public Works Jerry Benzschawel said Sarah’s Way lacks curb and gutter and a storm sewer connection, while also being narrower than city standards allow.

Additionally, Commissioner and Sheboygan Falls Fire Department member Paul Berceau said the road does not meet the standards required for fire truck entry.

“The road would need to be set to the city’s grade requirements for fire trucks to fit into that area properly,” Berceau said.

Mayor Randy Meyer agreed that the city might need to become more active in defining requirements for residential developments located on private roads.

“This is something that should be looked at further,” Meyer said. “I think it would be worthwhile to have a larger discussion on roads at another meeting. We will include it on our next meeting agenda.”

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