For some Germantown residents, their neighborhood has become considerably larger since Dec. 13. The Germantown Town Board voted to combine the subdivisions of Rock Island Lake and Campfire Lake at a joint meeting with the Germantown Planning Commission. Both subdivisions were developed by Pavloski Development.
Pavloski said the main reason for the combination was to enable residents of both subdivisions to use the entire body of water they sit on.
Germantown Town Engineer Larry Koopman said the critical determination was whether the proposal “is going to have a negative impact for neighboring properties.”
Citizens were encouraged to voice support, questions and concerns. Though there were dozens who expressed support for the proposal through submitted comments, a few individuals made clear their opposition to it.
Germantown resident Joe Cavallaro said the board should “set a tone of what it believes is an allowable land use and development on these lots.”
Tim Abrahamson, who lives near the Pavloski developments says two gazebos were built by Pavloski Development within feet of his property.
Originally, the proposal included changes to the Marina area near the lake. But Pavloski had them removed before the meeting.
Abrahamson said removing them was not enough. “(It is) already established in the minds of their customers that (the marina) is a common amenity,” Abrahamson said. “Simply taking it off doesn’t cure the problem.”
Germantown Supervisor Ray Feldman said he has had a mostly positive experience with Pavloski and his staff. “They fulfill all the requirements of the planned unit development that they’re required to fill,” Feldman said “And the other thing is that they’ve followed through with the landscaping that’s been promised… So to that extent, they’ve followed through on everything that they’ve been required to do.”
For some Germantown residents, a change in the pace of life around Germantown has been a major concern.
“A lot of people that bought up here 15-20 years ago, thought they were buying in the near wilderness conditions,” Feldman said. “And of course, things have changed drastically, with these Pavloski subdivisions.”
Traditionally, Pavloski properties have sold to people that use the residences seasonally, with some moving in full-time as they get older. But recent sales have seen an increase in full-time residents.
“We’re not just getting weekenders/vacationers anymore,” Pavloski said.
The recent flurry of development has led residents to be skeptical of the benefits of further expansion.
“I know there’s a lot of people that, basically, in the town here are just opposed to any more development… Those folks have showed up at some of the meetings and especially the people who are next to the subdivisions that are being proposed, ” Feldman said.
Feldman did note that the recent increase in traffic and population is due not just to Pavloski developments, but to several subdivisions.
There was a proposal to impose 100 foot lots for new properties being developed in the subdivisions rather than the initial 80 foot lots. “100 feet is so much,” Pavloski said. “People don’t want to maintain it.”
Germantown Supervisor Ken Jax made a motion to approve the combination of the subdivisions under the condition that the lots be 100 feet, but no second was made and the motion was retracted.
A motion was made by Keith Korbein to approve the 80 foot lots. The motion was seconded by Keith Specht and passed by the board.
Pavloski said the conditions passed for the new development was “the same as our last subdivision.” No additional requirements were made for the development.
The Germantown town board will meet again on Jan. 9.