Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Work group reviewing best use of land 4-Mile and Green Bay Roads — where Walmart wants to build — votes to designate property as residential.
Caledonia residents opposed to Walmart's proposal to build a supercenter at 4-Mile and Green Bay roads breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday. After almost 90 minutes of sometimes raucous discussion Wednesday, a panel looking at the best use of the land just west of CalStar Products — where Walmart wants to build — recommended that the parcels be designated as residential. Comprised of past and present elected and appointed officials, as well as the original neighborhood planning group, the new land use work group was created to address the land use designation of the area where Walmart wants to build a 182,000-square-foot supercenter. Before discussion got under way Wednesday, Julie Anderson from the county Planning Department explained two …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The land use work group will be meeting to discuss the Metra area.
The former Village Center-Metra area at 4-Mile and Green Bay Roads will be discussed, and a recommendation to the planning commission maybe be decided at a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Land use plan workgroup and village Plan Commission members will discuss options for the at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave. The workgroup refers to the group of people—residents, business representatives and past and present public officials and Plan Commission members—addressing Walmart's request for land to be rezoned and for the big box retailer's applications for an amendment to the land use plan. Walmart wants to build an 182,000 square foot supercenter at the southeast corner of 4 Mile and Green Bay roads. They are asking the …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Almost 100 residents attended a meeting Wednesday to let a committee know they'd rather not have a big box store - any store - at the corner of 4-Mile and Green Bay Roads.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The village has suggested a schedule for the group that would put a recommendation before the Planning Commission this spring, and in front of the board this summer.
The land use plan work group looking at zoning on the proposed Walmart site will work quickly over the next few weeks to meet the suggested timeline from Caledonia Village Administrator Mark Janiuk. After Walmart submitted a rezoning request and a land use amendment application, Village Administrator Mark Janiuk and Attorney Elaine Ekes presented the idea for the work group to the Plan Commission - which includes many of the same people who were on the original land use plan work group. It will address the inconsistencies between the 2035 land use plan, the 2006 neighborhood plan and the way land is currently zoned at 4-Mile and Green Bay Roads. There are land use designations of medium- and high-density residential on one plans, said …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
With the Walmart attorney holding one spot, and several members of the original work group missing, some wonder how village officials decided who would be part of the group tasked with addressing land use plan discrepancies where Walmart wants to build.
The Caledonia land use plan work group will meet for the first time Wednesday, and not everyone is happy with the way the group was put together. The work group assembled to look at the village’s land use plan after Walmart applied to build a supercenter on land formerly designated for a village center. More specifically, the group is tasked with looking at both the zoning and county overlay plan for the site at 4-Mile and Green Bay Roads. Katie Tiderman, a vocal big box opponent, questions the way the work group was assembled, pointing out that residents who were members of the previous Plan Commission were never contacted and neither was the general manager of KMart, a business representative on the original group as well. "The process …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Two village board members up for re-election declined to say whether they support Walmart's location because they fear a potential lawsuit from a group that opposes the proposed location. The challengers who attended said it's all about location.
The proposed Walmart dominated the Racine Taxpayers’ Association’s candidate forum Thursday night. But people looking for the incumbents' take on the big box discount retailer coming to town were disappointed. Village President Ron Coutts and Trustee Kevin Wanggaard—both up for re-election—declined to say whether they would support the proposed 182,000 square foot supercenter at the southeast corner of 4 Mile and Green Bay roads. The two said they were afraid there may be legal action coming from Caledonia Advocating for Responsible Planning, a group that has opposed Walmart coming to that location. Group organizer Jim Tiderman told the village board on Monday that CARP has incorporated into an LLC and that they are seeking legal counsel …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Caledonia Plan Commission filled vacant land use work group seats so they can start addressing Walmart's applications.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Jim Tiderman, a Caledonia resident running for village trustee, has decided not to run.
Citing a work conflict, Jim Tiderman, a candidate for the Village Trustee 3 spot, has announced that he will drop out of the race. Tiderman is part of a group that has staunchly opposed the Walmart development. Even though Tiderman made the announcement on the No Walmart in Rural Caledonia Facebook page, his name will remain on the ballot because he can't legally take it off. Here's what he wrote: I wanted to let everyone know right away that due to my conflicting work schedule in the transportation industry, I will not be running for Trustee Seat #3. However, I will support Maureen Cramer throughout this election process. I cannot commit my time to the Board the way I anticipated and I am truly sorry. I will continue to support the …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Discrepancies between the land-use and comprehensive plans have left Caledonia without clear direction for the site at North Green Bay and 4 Mile roads, where Walmart wants to build.
There's been controversy about Walmart coming to town, ever since the retail giant announced it was looking at Caledonia. In the latest development, the plans which outline what future use is appropriate in different parts of the village don't outline the same uses for the proposed Walmart site at the intersection of North Green Bay and 4 Mile roads. On Wednesday, the village's Planning Commission said they need to get things in line, a process that could require bringing in a planner and forming a committee to study the issue. At issue are the 2006 land-use plan and 2035 comprehensive plan, which don't lay out the same vision for development in the city. Those inconsistencies have thrown a roadblock in front of Walmart's proposed store…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A discussion about the proposed Walmart store has spurred the Caledonia Planning Commission to fix the inconsistencies between two village planning documents.
Caledonia's 2006 land-use plan and its 2035 comprehensive plan don't lay out the same vision for development in the city, and those inconsistencies have thrown a roadblock in front of Walmart's proposed store. The discrepancies between the two plans need to be addressed before the Walmart store could be considered. Members of the Caledonia Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to start working on the problem. This may include bringing in a planner, and forming a committee to review the design discussions. The decision came after a discussion about how best to proceed now that Walmart has submitted both a rezoning application and a land use amendment for the land at the southeast corner of 4-Mile and North Green Bay roads. …