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Rezoning approved for Howard housing development

By Kevin Boneske
Staff Writer

HOWARD – An ordinance rezoning a parcel along Woodland Road to a final planned development district (PDD) to create a 26.73-acre, multi-use housing development with 201 units received final approval March 22 by the village board.

The project known as Toonen Woodland Hills will include 17 10-unit apartment buildings, three seven-unit townhome buildings and two five-unit townhome buildings.

The final PDD includes the following conditions:

• Curb and gutter is installed throughout the entire development.

• The conservancy area along the north property boundary is dedicated to the village for a trail, or a public easement for a trail is provided.

• A right-in/right-out is provided along Sherwood Street.

• Future utility, roadway and sidewalk improvements are planned on Woodland Road. With this approval, the developer agrees to pay for all improvement costs without assessment credits.

Future land use in the area calls for medium density residential and some greenways/open space.

The zoning has been a mix of R-5 Rural Estate Residential and A-1 Agricultural.

Lot sale

In other action, the board approved an offer to purchase for a .635-acre, single-family lot the village owned by the Village Green Golf Course for $69,900.

Village Administrator Paul Evert said the lot at 2508 Shawano Ave. was one of four created from excess land adjacent to the course.

“After having listed (the four lots) now for nearly a year, we dropped the price recently down to – for the most desirable lot – down to $69,900, and had a full-price offer in that amount,” he said.

A year ago, Evert said the board discussed site work necessary to prepare the lots for sale and then awarded a contract to McKeefry & Sons for $172,500, of which $50,000 was for constructing a storm water pond to treat approximately 9 acres in the area previously untreated.

He said if the village eventually sells the remaining three lots for $65,900 each, the gross revenue will be $267,600.

NEW Water committee

The board passed a resolution joining other municipalities in support of creating the NEW Water Municipal Committee, which would recommend the appointment of a municipal representative to the NEW Water Board of Commissioners.

Suamico Village Administrator Alex Kaker spearheaded the idea of forming the committee for NEW Water’s 15 municipal customers, who have no direct representation on the five-member Board of Commissioners and annually face higher sewer charges.

NEW Water’s Board of Commissioners is appointed in staggered five-year terms by the Brown County Board of Supervisors, with the county executive nominating commissioners and one appointment coming up later this year.

Evert said the committee would recommend to the county executive who to appoint to the Board of Commissioners.

“It creates a group that sits down and tries to come up with someone to recommend to the county executive, and he or she can do whatever they want with the recommendation,” he said.

Given the number of NEW Water’s municipal customers, Village President Burt McIntyre said he wondered how a person selected as a municipal representative on the Board of Commissioners would know what to represent.

“I can’t imagine (every one of the) communities all having the same opinion of NEW Water,” he said.

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