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Final plat approved for Blackberry Ridge subdivision

By Kevin Boneske
Staff Writer

HOBART – The final plat for a 32-lot, single-family subdivision between Melanie Drive and Trout Creek Road was approved last month by the village board.

Blackberry Ridge
This drawing shows the layout for 32 single-family lots in the Blackberry Ridge subdivision in Hobart. Submitted Illustration

Gigot Properties proposed the Blackberry Ridge subdivision with a new roadway known as Blackberry Ridge Drive running north to south and a small cul-de-sac near the middle.

Todd Gerbers, director of planning and code compliance, said the final plat remained almost identical to a preliminary plat reviewed in March.

“Nothing has changed,” he said. “It’s still a 32-lot subdivision plat. The roadway stays the same. Outlots basically stay the same – they may have been tweaked by a hundredth of a percent of square footage, so it’s very minimal.”

Gerbers said the only thing to hold up the final plat was a flood study and dedication of the wetlands on portions of lots on the west side of the subdivision.

As of the meeting date, he said the flood study was approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, but not the Federal Emergency Management Agency, so nine lots in that area may temporarily be listed as outlots until the flood study is approved by FEMA.

Gerbers said conditions of the final plat approval include paying a $9,600 park dedication fee.

He said all lots comply with the village code by having a minimum of an acre and 150 feet of width.

Gerbers said three lots on the southwest of the subdivision will be the only ones with direct access to Trout Creek Road.

CSM approval

The board approved a three-lot certified survey map (CSM) to create two new lots along Fernando Drive.

The CSM on property owned by Gary and Judith Smits creates three parcels of approximately 3, 2.2 and 1.5 acres, with the smallest lot currently developed with a single-family dwelling and an accessory structure and the other two lots undeveloped.

Gerbers said the two larger lots will remain under the same ownership, while the smaller lot could be sold to the family currently residing there.

He said conditions of approval include rezoning all three lots from A-1 Agricultural to be compatible with residential zoning for lots smaller than five acres, as well as paying a $600 park fee for creating two new lots.

The board set a public hearing for Nov. 17 to rezone the property to R-2-R Rural Residential.

A CSM dividing more than 10 acres into two lots along South Overland Road also received board approval.

Gerbers said the property owned by the Clarence Gossen Revocable Trust will split off the home and buildings and some additional acreage from the remaining farmland.

Because both lots would have at least five acres, he said they may remain zoned A-2 Exclusive Agricultural.

Gerbers said paying a $300 parkland dedication fee is required as a condition of approval.

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