City of Brookfield — Despite a unanimous approval to schedule a public hearing, aldermen are not without concerns over a proposal to build a new subdivision.
Pewaukee-based Neumann Companies has announced plans to bring a new, 35-lot residential neighborhood to vacant land on Lilly Road north of West North Avenue.
The development falls into line with Neumann's past two projects in the city — Linfield Crossing and Elmbrook Estates — in that the residences and lots will be smaller than average in order to reach lower price points. Neumann has requested the city approve a planned development district for the property in the 2500 and 2600 blocks of Lilly Road to make the higher density and smaller lots allowable.
The new subdivision would be in the city's first aldermanic district. As such, first district aldermen Bill Carnell and Dan Sutton took the time to weigh in at the Dec. 20 common council meeting.
"At this point in time, we really wouldn't support a rezoning," Carnell said. "This property, it's probably one of the last prestige properties that can be developed in Brookfield. I'd just like to invite everybody to drive by there. You'll see it is perfect."
Carnell's concerns were based on the idea that the city need not compromise and allow the modifications being requested by Neumann to find development interest in the area.
Sutton joined his seatmate in urging fellow aldermen to visit the site south of Ridgewood Baptist Church and form their own opinions prior to a public hearing. But both aldermen were in favor of advancing the item to that next step despite their concerns over the project itself.
"We'll see after we have our public meeting what the residents say," Carnell said.
The average lot size for Neumann's proposal would be 14,630 square feet with the prices for each home ranging between $450,000 and $600,000.
If left at its current zoning, the property would be able to yield 21 residences that, according to Neumann Companies, would be priced from $650,000 up to $900,000.
The public hearing pertaining to the proposal will be scheduled at a later date.