Update July 2, 2021

At their regular meeting on July 1, the Village Board approved the sale of the western 30% of the Village owned property at 4403 Main Street to KEW Investments (Korndoerfer Homes). The remaining eastern 70% of the property will remain in Village ownership.
KEW Investments will be developing the western portion of the lot into four single family homes, which are listed on the site plans as Lots 1 through 4. As part of the approval process for the development, the Village Board has entered into a developer’s agreement with KEW Investments which will govern the installation of water and sewer pipes as well as the overall master grading plan for the property. Additionally, the Board approved protective covenants and restrictions for the development, which will handle the requirements for construction and use on the property.

Next Steps:

KEW Investments will begin the site prep and utility infrastructure construction in the next few weeks. This will include the clearing of trees and brush for the home sites and driveways. Installation work for a new sanitary sewer line and water laterals for the new homes will also be done. All sanitary sewer work will be done on the edge of Deepwood Drive, however in order to install the new water laterals, work will need to be done in the roadway of Deepwood Drive and Main Street at certain points in time. Access may be temporarily blocked during the work.

At this time the Village has not made a determination on the future of the remaining eastern portion of the property. Only work to remove dead trees along the edge of Deepwood Drive in the eastern section of the property is planned at this time.

Update May 24, 2021

The Racine Wastewater Commission approved the proposed sewer extension for the project at their meeting on May 18.  The Caledonia Utility District Commission will be reviewing the requested sewer extension at their meeting on Wednesday, June 2.

The Village Board is set to take action on the sale of the property to KEW Investments at the next regular Village Board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be virtual via Zoom.  Below are the details for logging onto the meeting.

Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/91316596491?pwd=UDZJMUk1aFB3OFRQeVJ4UFhsSkNtUT09

Phone Number: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 913 1659 6491
Passcode: 227502

Update April 2, 2021 

On April 1, at a joint meeting the Village Board and Plan Commission approved two certified survey maps (CSM) for the 4403 Main Street property, per the requirements of Chapter 30 of the Village Code.  The first CSM divides the property into two pieces of land. Lot 1, as shown on the map will be owned by KEW Investments, while Outlot 1 will be owned by the Village. The division of land in his manner was needed, as the revised purchase and sale agreement with Korndoerfer required that Outlot 1 remain in the ownership of the Village. The second CSM, further divides KEW Investment’s lot into four separate lots (lots 1, 2, 3, and 4). Below is the lot area for each individual lot. To view the two certified survey maps please click here.

KEW Investments has also provided the Village with preliminary grading, site and utility plans for the proposed four single family home lots.

Master Grading Plan- To view the grading plan please click here. 
The proposed grading plan provides drainage moving from west to east along the property which is the current direction of drainage on the property.  The new properties will also drain into the existing wetlands. The properties will be able to use the existing ditch-line and stormwater pipe and there is no concern about the existing stormwater infrastructure being able to handle the proposed new homes. Per the requirements of the developer’s agreement and the development’s protective covenants and restrictions, each lot will be required to follow the approved master grading plan.

General Site Plan- To view the general site plan please click here 
Korndoerfer is proposing to have the driveways for Lots 2, 3 and 4 connect to Deepwood Drive. Lot 1 is proposed to connect to Main Street. The reason for Lot 1’s connection to Main Street is to minimize the impacts to the tree line along Deepwood Drive, and to limit the number of driveways onto the road.  Each lot will also have a thirty foot tree preservation easement. Due to Main Street being a County Highway, the Racine County Public Works Committee will need to formally approve the driveway connection, at a meeting on April 13.

Water & Sewer Utility Plans- To view the utility plans click here

Water- Lot 1 will connect via an existing lateral to the water main located on Main Street. Therefore, no new connection point will be required, and no road opening will be necessary. Lots 2, 3 and 4 are proposed to have new laterals run to the main along Deepwood Drive. The existing watermain is located on the north side of Deepwood Drive.

Sanitary Sewer- The Caledonia Utility District will be required to approve these plans. Like the water plans, Lot 1 will utilize the existing sanitary sewer lateral on the property to connect to the main sanitary sewer line located on Main Street. For lots 2, 3 and 4, Korndoerfer has proposed to install a 6-inch sanitary sewer line that will run along the three properties. An sanitary sewer easement will be required if this is approved by the Caledonia Utility District.

Next Steps

The Village Board will be reviewing the certified survey maps at their meeting on April 8.  In addition to the CSM review, the Board will also be reviewing the proposed covenants and restrictions for the new subdivision, the developers agreement between the Village and KEW Investments and a resolution approving the sale of the western part of the property to KEW Investments will also be considered.  The Village Board meeting will be held via Zoom due to the COVID pandemic.  The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Information on how to access the meeting is below.

Link: https://zoom.us/j/97528393178?pwd=cXdDMXdUenZtZFFvdHFLV3c3MVd1UT09

Phone Number: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 975 2839 3178
Passcode: 081965

Update December 15, 2020 

The Village and KEW Investments held a neighborhood meeting on December 14.  At the meeting, conceptual plans for the proposed single-family home development on the property were presented to the community.

Click here to view the video of the meeting

There are two site plan options being discussed for possible implementation, either an eight lot or seven lot development.

Click here to view the two site plans.

Under each plan, the westernmost lot would front Main Street while the remaining lots (either six or seven) will have access to Deepwood Drive. Each lot would have individual driveway access.  KEW Investments is proposing to have a 30-foot tree preservation easement along the north edge of the property.  An additional building setback of 20 feet is also proposed. This will mean that any home will need to be built at least 50 feet from the edge of Deepwood Drive.  The specific details of this preservation easement still need to be finalized.  The intent is to provide a natural tree buffer between Deepwood Drive and the homes on the property.

Both proposed site plans include provisions for open space. Each meets the requirements of the purchase and sale agreement between KEW Investments and the Village.  The amount of open space proposed is double the required 20% in the Village’s Zoning Code. The eight-lot site plan provides 40% open space, while the seven-lot site plan includes 46% open space.   The open space is to be preserved in an outlot that will run from the east and south sides of the property, creating a natural buffer between Deepwood Drive on the east and the properties to the south.  The management of the outlot is still being finalized.  All lot restrictions and covenants will be included in the final recorded subdivision plat.

A wetland delineation identified two isolated wetlands on the property.  Both are in the south part of the lot (identified on the wetland map as W-1 and W-2).  These wetlands were identified by Heathland Ecological Group, by an assured Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wetland delineator.  The report identifies both wetlands as being deemed less susceptible due to the presence of buckthorn, honeysuckle and other species. This will require that the building footprints for the homes remain 10 feet from the boundary of the wetlands.  No construction can occur in the wetland area. The two proposed plans show and incorporate this buffer area. The wetland report has been discussed with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Plan Commission (SEWRPC) who have given their recommendation that the identified wetland are less susceptible.

Click here for the wetland delineation map

With the completion of the neighborhood meeting, KEW Investments will begin work on a preliminary plat map, utility and stormwater management plans.  These items will still need to be reviewed by the Village Plan Commission, with the final plat map approval by the Village Board.

If you have any questions or comments on the conceptual plans please contact Village Administrator Casey Griffiths at c.griffiths@windpoint.org.

Update December 8, 2020: 

A neighborhood meeting is scheduled with KEW Investments (Korndoerfer Homes) for Monday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held entirely virtual via Cisco Web Ex. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to view the proposed site plan, ask questions and provide their comments to the developer.
The agenda for the meeting will include a presentation from the developer, followed by a question, comment and answer period for residents. We are asking that residents keep their questions/comments to three minutes, with any follow up to their question/comment of one minute. This is to allow all who wish to speak the opportunity to do so. Each member of the audience will be allowed at least one question/comment and follow up. Once everyone in the audience has had a chance to speak, and if time allows, additional comments/questions may be heard.
Below are the details on access the meeting virtually. If you need assistance in setting up and accessing WebEx please following this help guide. Below is the meeting link and phone number needed to access the meeting.
Join by Internet (via the Cisco WebEx App)
Meeting number: 126 430 4728
Password: abJT52bHB9w
Join by phone
Access code: 126 430 4728
Passcode: 22585224

Update October 6, 2020: 

The Village Board recently approved a purchase and sale agreement with KEW Investments for the purchase of the Village owned property at 4403 Main Street. The agreement places conditions on KEW Investments that will need to be met to the satisfaction of the Village prior to closing on the property. The agreement’s conditions include:
  • KEW Investments will be required to complete a site investigation of the property, which will include a wetland delineation. The boundaries of wetlands on a property must be precisely known for development projects. The determination of the wetland boundaries is done through procedures specified in state and federal rules and is completed by a professional who has a certification to conduct wetland investigatory work.
  • 40% of the property is required to be preserved as greenspace, which is twice as much as Village’s zoning code requirement that 20% of greenspace be maintained. The agreement allows the Village Board to modify the 40% requirement, if necessary as the process evolves.
  • Any development must be no more than 10 single family homes.
  • KEW Investments will be required to hold at least one public meeting regarding their proposed plans for the property in order to solicit feedback and hear comments from residents. The agreement requires that they consider the public comments and concerns in creating their final development plans before closing.
The Village Board considered the agreement with KEW Investments after considerable deliberation and discussion. The decision to enter into the agreement for the property is consistent with the recommendations made at the joint meeting of the Public Works, Utilities & Environment Committee and Building & Zoning Committee held on June 24. The recommendations included retracting the Village’s request for proposals for multiple-family housing and to conduct an investigation of the buildable areas on the property for single family homes through the completion of a wetland delineation and a land survey. The Village examined options to complete the property investigation and determined that the costs for such work would have been $11,600. With the purchase and sale agreement, KEW investments will be responsible for the costs of completing the investigatory work, therefore saving money for the Village.

Update: July 1, 2020: 

On June 24 the Building & Zoning Committee and Public Works, Utilities & Environment Committee met to discuss the petition that was received by the Deepwood Preservation Committee, regarding development of the 4403 Main Street property.  At the meeting the Committee provided two recommendations to the Village Board. The first recommendation was to withdraw the request for proposals to redevelop the property. The second is to have the Village examine the probability of developing the property for single family residential development, with an area or areas set aside for conservation.

The Village Board will be reviewing these recommendations at their regular meeting on Thursday, July 9th.

Background Information

4403 Main Street is a 5 acre parcel located on the corner of Main Street and Deepwood Drive. For nearly 50 years the property had a home located on the front portion of the lot.  Over the years the home had deteriorated into a state of disrepair. In December 2016, Racine County officials informed the Village that it was preparing to foreclose on the property due to non-payment of taxes.  After being on listed on the market for several months, in June of 2017 the Village purchased the residential property to control its future use.  Upon inspection of the property, the Village determined that the home was not habitable and was beyond repair. The structure had several openings that could attract animals, and was in a condition that would attract vandals  The home was demolished in October 2018.

In the Spring of 2018 the Village contracted a company to complete a title review and appraisal for the four outlots that comprised the spite strips along Deepwood Drive. The title search revealed that the three outlots on the north side of the property were owned by the Johnson Development Corporation, which is no longer in operation. The remaining outlot on the east was owned by the Wind Meadow’s Corporation. Representatives from the Village met with representatives from the S.C. Johnson Corporation and Wind Meadows Corporation to investigate the possibility of purchasing the outlots that comprised the spite strip.  The goal was to incorporate the area of the outlots into the Deepwood Drive right-of-way. Wind Meadows’ representatives responded that they would not have been able to approve the transfer of land, as it would have required 95% approval of the homeowners within the Wind Meadows.  S.C. Johnson Corporation representatives did not agree to sell, but also did not indicate opposition to a jurisdictional offer.

In June 2018, the Village Board began a jurisdictional offer process (eminent domain) to acquire the strips of land and incorporate these strips into the Deepwood Drive right of way.  Jurisdictional offers for the strips of land were made to the Wind Meadows Corporation ($9,100) and S.C. Johnson Corporation ($5,400)  in December 2019. In February 2019, S.C. Johnson accepted the Village’s jurisdictional offer for the three north strips of land.  The Village withdrew its jurisdictional offer for the east strip of land in February 2019, after a lawsuit was filed by the Wind Meadows Corporation, contesting the taking of the strip.  The lawsuit was dismissed in June 2019.

In the summer of 2019, the Village Board requested that the Plan Commission review possible land use options for the property.  At a meeting on July 31, 2019 the Plan Commission evaluated the pros and cons for the following possible land use designations:  keeping the property zoned as Single-Family Residential R-1; rezoning the property to Single Family Residential R-2/R-3; rezoning to multi-family residential R-4; rezoning the property to park and conservancy; or rezoning the property to business district.  The Plan Commission determined that the best option would be to rezone the parcel to R-4 because that zoning is compatible with the majority of the parcels that surround the property.

In September 2019 the Plan Commission recommended that the Village Board amend the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and rezone the parcel from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-4 Multi-Family Residential. In October 2019, following a public hearing, the Village Board approved the recommended rezoning.  In December 2019, the Village Board directed staff to move forward with marketing the property to potential developers through a request for proposal process.

Additional Information

Please check back here for more information about the project.  Should you have any questions related to this project please contact Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Casey Griffiths at 262-639-3524 or c.griffiths@windpoint.org.