City of Brookfield — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Having previously succeeded with a somewhat new business plan for building houses in Brookfield, Neumann Companies has returned with plans for another residential community in the city.

The Pewaukee-based developer presented plans Monday, Dec. 12 to the city of Brookfield plan commission for a 35-lot single-family subdivision in the 2500 and 2600 blocks of Lilly Road.

Neumann has constructed a pair of similar projects in recent years in the city, including Linfield Crossing in the southeast quadrant and, more recently, Elmbrook Estates off of Lisbon Road.

Those developments, as well as the newly-proposed project, all feature smaller lots than the half-acre standard that the city regularly adheres to for single-family residences. The developer has requested that the property in question be rezoned to a planned development district to allow for higher density and smaller lots.

“I think that Neumann Companies has done a great job on the Linfield development and also the Elmbrook Estates, which are selling out really quick,” mayor Steve Ponto said. “I think that Neumann Companies has proven itself to be a really responsible developer and they’ve been good to work with.”

The developer’s current plans call for the 35 residences to be buffered from other nearby residences by tree lines.

“One thing that I really like about this proposal is to have the tree buffers. I do think that they would quickly develop the subdivision,” Ponto said. “It wouldn’t be a prolonged construction and the greater value would be brought more quickly with those mid-size lots.”

The plan commission was not tasked with actually ruling on the project itself, but only asked to approve the scheduling of a public hearing for the project. It did so unanimously.

“I’m really open to hearing what people have to say at the public hearing,” Ponto said.

Neumann Companies said that the average lot size for their new proposal would be 14,630 square-feet and that the prices for the new homes would range between $450,000 and $600,000.

A letter from Neumann Companies’ representative Kevin Anderson to city of Brookfield director of community development Dan Ertl noted that under standard zoning, the property would yield lots of 30,000-square-feet or more and that the homes would range in price from $650,000 up to $900,000.

One acre equals 43,560 square feet.

“They feel that housing in the $450,000 to $600,000 range is an area that’s moving much more quickly than the larger, more expensive homes,” Ponto said.

The public hearing pertaining to the proposal will be scheduled at a later date.

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