At Tonight's Plan Commission Meeting

City government, community, Development

A  proposal to rezone some residential property has upset some New Berlin residents.  Consideration of the proposal is on the agenda of the  6 PM  Plan Commission Meeting  tonight at New Berlin City Hall.

Per New Berlin NOW report  New Berlin residents fighting proposed driveway that would funnel unwelcome traffic from Starbucks:

"Some residents of a subdivision west of Moorland Road are fighting a proposal to rezone two homes from residential to commercial and replace them with a retail building.

The proposal is just north of the Starbucks at Moorland Road and National Avenue.

The plan would put a driveway onto Churchview Drive that runs north of the two homes and connects with Moorland Road. The driveway would serve cars from the proposed commercial building and from Starbucks and possibly other businesses at the corner."

Residents have raised concerns about the proposal, including:

  • traffic impacts, such as potential commercial traffic exiting into their subdvision
  • Starbucks' drive-thru being close to homes
  • effect on resell values of the existing houses nearby

Hopefully, the Plan Commission will give careful consideration to residents' concerns.

But then again, New Berlin officials voted to rezone property for a Walmart Supercenter on Greenfield Ave. despite several concerns raised by New Berlinites and a petition signed by many community residents, who objected to the rezoning and proposed  Walmart development at that site.  Voting against changing the zoning and 2020 Comprehensive Plan were aldermen John Hopkins and Ron Seidl. 

New Berlin NOW  (Aug. 28, 2013) New Berlin again approves land designation changes sought for Walmart  said:  "The proposed Walmart will be in Hopkins' 1st District and he said his constitutents overwhelmingly oppose it. Seidl has expressed the view that he doesn't see enough reason to change the comprehensive plan, which he previously noted was compiled with a lot of effort and input from residents and businesses."

Also, New Berlin officials opted to close Wilbur Dr. to through traffic despite people's protests that doing so would divert traffic onto other streets in the neighborhood and some other concerns.   Ald. Karvala's vote to close off Wilbur  (the street she lives on)  to City Center traffic upset people and likely contributed to her losing re-election in April.

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