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Walmart on Jan. 30 Plan Commission Agenda; Water Contract Approved

The Jan. 21 Village Board meeting was short, but power-packed with decisions and information residents need to know.

Walmart's application for a land use amendment will be discussed at the Jan. 30 Plan Commission meeting, Village Attorney Elaine Ekes confirmed Monday.

Before the Village Board meeting got into full swing, Ekes told trustees and gathered residents that the retail giant had submitted an application to amend the village's land use plan so it jives with what the county has on file. 

"Per the procedure in the comp plan, the matter will go to the Plan Commission for an initial review," she said. "I would remind all of you that the Plan Commission is a recommend-only board and ultimately, the decision is up to the Village Board."

Ekes confirmed the Plan Commission is not a public hearing, but it is a public meeting residents can attend.

"Will the public hearing combine the Walmart's November rezone request with this new application?" Katie Tiderman asked.

There are no plans to combine those hearings, but that could change depending on what happens at the Plan Commission meeting, Ekes answered.

The Plan Commission meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue.

In other news from the Village Board meeting:

Trustees approved the new, 40-year wholesale water agreement with the City of Racine. Putting their signatures on the dotted lines means trustees have given the village growth opportunities, primarily along Highway K and 7-Mile Road. 

"This goes a long way for Caledonia to having a future," said Trustee and Assemblyman Tom Weatherston.

A concept plan was approved for A&W to move east to the corner of Northwestern Avenue and the East Frontage Road. Frank and Sharon Welch, owners of the restaurant, are making plans to move because of the I-94 expansion and WisDOT having to construct new on- and off-ramps.

Highway Department workers are getting a new truck. Trustees also unanimously approved a new Mack Truck that is being purchased for less than was budgeted thanks to a pretty good trade-in on the old truck. Instead of costing $172,000, the new truck comes in at $155,250.

Racine County Economic Development Corporation will continue helping Caledonia with growth and development. Trustees gave their stamp of approval to renewing the contract for another year.

Heather in Caledonia January 23, 2013 at 02:42 AM
I believe Elaine's last name is "Ekes."
Caledonia Confused January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Found this while doing some searches: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/clue/Documents/PlanCommissions/PCHandbook.pdf
patchreader 123 January 23, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Also, can you please attach a copy of Walmart's "application to amend" to this article (i.e., via attached PDF or "Scibed Link")? Thanks a million.
Caledonia Confused January 23, 2013 at 04:23 PM
My first comment is pending approval. Is it because of the link? I will try this again without posting the link. Type "Planning Commission Handbook" into your favorite internet search engine. Go to the UW Stevens Point link (uwsp dot edu). Good reading material.
Caledonia Confused January 24, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Will this little paragraph in the neighborhood plan be addressed at the Jan 30th Plan Commission meeting: 2. The proposed development pattern should be consistent with the Proposed Land Use Plan’s vision for high-quality, high-value development.
Caledonia Confused January 24, 2013 at 08:13 AM
And this one: Because this neighborhood planning process is concurrent with the WISDOT planning process for the reconstruction of the I-94 and CTH “K” intersection, the W2 workgroup was able to work on a conceptual development scenario for CTH “K” and the surrounding area (Figure 8-18). The key to this development concept is to create a road design that allows deveolpment flexibility. The end result is a mixed-use development that includes high-quality “village center” development (that is friendly and becomes a social amenity for businesses and residents) at the intersection of I-94 and CTH “K” with possible larger big-box retail at the northern end of the development. Mixed residential is located east of this development abutting the conceptual road plan for Four Mile Road. A business/industrial park is proposed south of the CTH “K” and is further discussed in Subarea 9&10.
Caledonia Confused January 24, 2013 at 09:53 PM
From "The Plan Commission Handbook" To Plan or Not To Plan? Planning is not right for all communities at all times. While some communities call for endless planning studies in order to avoid making controversial decisions or taking action, other communities initiate new planning studies for the sole purpose of complying with a legal mandate or garnering free grant money. These conditions often result in a community going through the motions and producing a plan that ‘sits on the shelf.’ Old plans that were never implemented are a good indicator that the community undertook planning for the wrong reasons or failed to secure support for the planning initiative.
KEEP ON KEEPING ON January 25, 2013 at 01:31 AM
I would like to discuss this from our LUP: pg 5 of the W-I-94 areas, including 3 "Village Centers" (in addition to the Douglas and 31/32 ones), entitled "Creating a Strong Tax Base"-"Areas along I-94 should be developed with a high value tax base. With reconstruction of I-94, 7 mile, G, and K, development pressures will follow. Major intersections attract big box retail that does not bring a high value tax base to communities. The Village of Caledonia needs to be prepared for this..." Not my words. Are we keeping this in mind when talking about our Douglas Avenue Village Center??
Caledonia Confused January 25, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Just want to say I am not against the A&W? How "High Quality"/ "High Value" is that. KOKO my quote is from page 16 of that same neighborhood plan. "with possible larger big-box retail at the northern end of the development." Did anybody proof read these documents before they voted on adopting them? All the time and money spent on these things!
Caledonia Confused January 25, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I'm going to the meeting on Jan 30th. SHOULD be good. Expect to hear some of these addressed.
KEEP ON KEEPING ON January 25, 2013 at 03:03 AM
CC-From pg 16 as well, the description of the Village Center there, 94/K, states very specifically "densities consistent with traditional neighborhood development and possibly big box at the northern end". And I find it fascinating how detailed the VC throughout the LUP about what goes where and how VCs are described. Pg. 3, discussing the VC K/V, notes regarding existing residential development that "any future development should be compatible with the character and/or buffered from existing development". The VC 7 mile, pg 12, states "mixed development that includes high quality village center development abutting 7 mile with big box retail on secondary rds paralleling 7 mile" Does this not pertain to future development in the Douglas Ave VC? Is not, in fact, the County level designation of land west of the train tracks along 4 mile as med/high density res, with commercial, office and mixed use neighborhood level East along Douglas, accurate? Seems our Village LUP had a clear vision of what the 5 Village Centers were supposed to be and how they were laid out.
Caledonia Confused January 25, 2013 at 11:47 PM
That may very well be. Why didn't the table of the LUP specifically state the different uses regarding east or west of the railroad tracks. I know I can't tell what buildings are what in the "conceptual plan". Here is another think to ponder. Let's say the "Village" is SERIOUS about developing a "Village Center" around the 4 Mile and Green Bay / Douglas Ave areas. Who is going to come in and purchase and tear down existing commercial/industrial buildings. The farmers field and that one house is very easy to build on. There also were willing sellers. Now, does the "Village" want to close the door completely on a "Mixed Use" area?
Caledonia Confused January 26, 2013 at 12:05 AM
There may be other smaller retailers wondering why Walmart keeps looking to build in this area. They might be thinking "What do they know that we don't"?
Caledonia Confused January 26, 2013 at 03:43 AM
4/25/2007 Plan Commission 7B(2). Recommendation for approval of the 2035 Land Use Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin 7B(3). Recommendation for approval of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin Lebak said he and the village engineer are recommending approval. Hayek said two plans have been submitted. These plans are to guide us for future development. This does promote extension of 5 Mile Rd and reconstruction of Hwy 38. Land use plan promotes development along Hwy K to I94 corridor. Anderson said the 2035 plans are the bases for the comprehensive planning. She also supports adoption. Discussion followed on the proposal for roads. Hayek said they do not get locally detailed in the plan. Sasse said the plan for 4-Mile Rd. is not in the plan and fears in the future we will not get funding. Anderson said we could put a statement in any resolution to be adopted that the village neighborhood plan supersede this plan. Discussion followed on the value of these documents. Radwanski recommends approval of the 2035 Land Use Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin with the proviso that the village land use and final neighborhood plan along with any updates supersede the regional plan as applicable. Sasse seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Caledonia Confused January 26, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Continued Grosse moved to recommend approval of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin following our neighborhood plan which states that the 4-Mile Rd. be highlighted as a major east west road and that the village land use and final neighborhood plan along with any updates supersede the regional plan as applicable. Sasse seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
KEEP ON KEEPING ON January 26, 2013 at 05:49 PM
CC-I would have to say that after looking at the Douglas Metra Neighborhood Plan and the A-F subareas, they did get specific. Looking at subarea C figure 7-13, they show train stop connections A-C, with A within the middle of the farm lot. Single family to the South, larger multi-units along 4 mile to the North. Exactly as the Comprehensive Plan has it. The County map shows the Governmental (Village Hall?), office, mixed use and commercial designations along Douglas. This area is described in our LUP as "higher density development, encouraging pedestrian activity, formal town green. The rail station should be the terminus of a neighborhood scale street dev". (keep in mind average size of local, neighborhood grocery store is 65-93,000 sq ft). At the time of this neighborhood plan preparation, graduate students from UW Mil school of Urban Planning undertook a market study for the area. The market study will be CRITICAL in determining the mix of uses the Village should seek for the area. This is as our plan stands. Does this need to be addressed? Yes. Who dictates any changes, updating or revisions? The Village. Not Wal-Mart. On the money CC that Land Use Plans are visions of growth in the future and most certainly had to look at what currently exists in creating that vision. And that concepts defies the logic of changing those farm lots into commercial dev. Unless this village plans to buy out Calstar and 20+ homes.
Caledonia Confused January 27, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Let's break these out. First about mixed use. What I am saying is: Would you now object to the "Village" using the area at 4 Mile and North Green Bay Road as a Village Center with mixed housing and retail? Small shops on the lower level with offices and apartments above. Some stand alone apartments, condos, and town homes.
Caledonia Confused January 27, 2013 at 04:02 AM
We SHOULD continue our discussion on the other points later. Right now, I MUST go to the bathroom.
Caledonia Confused January 27, 2013 at 09:16 AM
A&W wants to rezone their new land to B-3. It looks to me like the property along Adams Road is in the RN-W area according to the Village Land Use Plan. The table lists NO COMMERCIAL USE. The County plan lists that same area as MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL. Doesn't there need to be a change to both plans? The section of land further west is OK. The official notice in the paper shows the whole area to be rezoned. Is Adams road being moved further west? Is one of the lots going to remain residential?
Caledonia Confused January 27, 2013 at 09:17 AM
A&W wants to rezone their new land to B-3. It looks to me like the property along Adams Road is in the RN-W area according to the Village Land Use Plan. The table lists NO COMMERCIAL USE. The County plan lists that same area as MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL. Doesn't there need to be a change to both plans? The section of land further west is OK. The official notice in the paper shows the whole area to be rezoned. Is Adams road being moved further west? Is one of the lots going to remain residential? What is going on?
KEEP ON KEEPING ON January 27, 2013 at 08:34 PM
CC- You asked the following: Would you now object to the "Village" using the area at 4 Mile and North Green Bay Road as a Village Center with mixed housing and retail? Small shops on the lower level with offices and apartments above. Some stand alone apartments, condos, and town homes. What is not precisely clear is if the high density residential shown along the 4 mile, North side of the 2 lots in question would include small retail stores with offices and apartments above. What is clear is the village center type development as you described is indeed, the type planned for the Village Center Area. From both the County and Village level maps and descriptions, the area for mixed use, retail, governmental, office, etc., was placed along Douglas Ave.
KEEP ON KEEPING ON January 27, 2013 at 08:40 PM
CC-The question for me would be to consider the following when discussing any type of mixed used development on the corner of 4 mile and NGB rd: RC Code of ordinances, Ch 20, Division 39-Planned Unit Overlay District (like WM) (5) That in the case of a proposed commercial planned unit development overlay district A.The economic practicality of the proposed development can be justified. B.The proposed development will be adequately served by off-street parking and truck service facilities. C.The proposed development is adequately provided with and does not impose any undue burden on public services and facilities such as fire and police protection, street maintenance, and maintenance of public areas. D.The location for entrances and exits have been designated to prevent unnecessary interference with the safe and efficient movement of traffic on surrounding streets, and that the development will not create an adverse effect upon the general traffic pattern of the surrounding neighborhood. E.The architectural design, landscaping, control of lighting, and general site development will result in an attractive and harmonious service area compatible with and not adversely affecting the property values of the surrounding neighborhood or area. *This is RC, not Caledonia ordinance, but certainly applicable. I can see some type of mixed use for this area that meets these standards. No way in he** a 182,000 sq ft superstore does.
Caledonia Confused January 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM
That is precisely what I am proposing. Combining all the current plans for the whole VC-M area to just the corner of 4 Mile and North Green Bay Roads. Albeit at a much smaller scale and without a train station. I am trying to work at a compromise. That land is easy to develop and has a willing seller. Maybe a local developer might take a chance at something like that. Not all at once though.
Caledonia Confused January 28, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Do you think that these would prevent implementing the current "Conceptual Plan" for the VC-M area?
KEEP ON KEEPING ON January 30, 2013 at 12:38 AM
CC-relative to your comment: That is precisely what I am proposing. Combining all the current plans for the whole VC-M area to just the corner of 4 Mile and North Green Bay Roads. Albeit at a much smaller scale and without a train station. This idea would be a change to the Plan. Bottom line: If our Village Plan intended for the type of development WM is proposing, they wouldn't have request to have the LUP changed. Well, they have, because it's not part of our plan.... OUR PLAN. The Planning Commission, Board and attorney can discuss the protocal for amendments and procedural issues tomorrow. Well and good to be educated. But NO CHANGE NEEDS to happen. IF we as a community feel the plan needs updating, WE do it, NOT WM. Not their lawyers, not their development experts. They don't live here, they didn't create our plan, they did not elect our officials for representation.

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