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CITY OF BROOKFIELD – Compromise can be a wonderful thing.

Despite having seen encouraging success with two residential projects that featured houses and lots small in comparison to the average in Brookfield, a developer’s willingness to meet concerns halfway culminated in approval Tuesday, March 21.

Neumann Companies enjoyed strong results at Linfield Crossing and Elmbrook Estates in recent years, and in December 2016 proposed a similar project at 2580 and 2660 N. Lilly Road, slightly north of Sendik’s on North Avenue. The subdivision would be called Lilly Crossing.

But a number of residents and Alderman Bill Carnell raised concerns after the original proposal, with Carnell calling for a higher-quality development. The project would have required a rezoning to accommodate the proposed higher density created by 35 different units in the subdivision.

After a neighborhood information meeting, Neumann withdrew its application and returned with plans for 21 separate lots on the property, which conforms with the existing zoning.

Under the initial proposal, lot sizes would have averaged 14,630 square fee; the the newly approved iteration calls for the average Lilly Crossing lot to measure 27,578 square feet. One acre equals 43,560 square feet.

The common council unanimously approved a preliminary plat for the revamped proposal.

“I’m not unhappy with the results of this. We did get it down to what zoning allows,” Carnell said. “If you look at the original plan, it was horrible. The houses were side-by-side and so close. This is going to get people a little more land, and it’s going to be a better subdivision.”

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