Quarry area plan would add 300-plus homes

Hammersley neighborhood up for review Jan. 21
Mark Ignatowski

Renderings submitted. The Hammersley Quarry is in the city’s urban service area and has been planned for residential development for nearly two decades.

Up to 340 new housing units are planned for the Hammersley Quarry area. The city’s Planning Commission will review the comprehensive development plan Jan. 21.

The city’s Plan Commission will take a look Tuesday at a redevelopment plan that could add about 700 residents to what is currently the Hammersley Quarry along Fitchrona and Lacy roads.

The plan aims to reclaim and redevelop about 72 acres of the former quarry and introduce a mix of single-family lots and condominiums, along with some higher-density buildings that could be apartments or an assisted-living facility.

The area has been eyed for development for nearly two decades, but the comprehensive development plan is the first look at what might be approved for the area. The plan is the first step in a three-step development process, city planner Tom Hovel told the Fitchburg Star.

The neighborhood would need to be rezoned and have a new plat approved before any improvements could be made, though that could happen as soon as this spring.

The plan prepared by Montgomery Associates – a water resource engineering firm – calls for development in two phases. The first would be done on the western part of the area this year and next year. The second phase would be sold and built between 2016 and 2018.

Highlights of the project include:

• 184 single-family lots

• 156 multi-family units

• 22 acres of park and open space areas

• Wooded and open space buffers on the east and south sides of the development

• Pedestrian and bike trials surrounding the development

• A stormwater management system that uses storm sewers, rain gardens, bioretention ponds and more to prevent runoff from flooding adjacent areas

The plan calls for about 2,700 new vehicle trips per day once the development is full. Improvements – including turn lanes, sidewalks and bike lanes – are planned for Lacy and Fitchrona roads.

The comprehensive development plan submitted to the city in December has received comments from city staff and will be reviewed Tuesday by the commission. If approved Tuesday, the Common Council could take action on it the following week.

Hovel said the preliminary plat – a map that works out details of where roads and other public improvements might occur – would be up for a public hearing and approval in February. The final plat – a map that spells out exactly what the lots will look like – would be before the Plan Commission in March or April.

Hovel said part of the development area would be reviewed under standard city zoning, while other parts would be approved as part of a planned development district zoning process.

The PDD process is designed to streamline development by having more information presented in fewer steps. The second step – the general development plan – would be submitted along with the rezoning and preliminary plat. The second step – the specific implementation plan – would be up for approval with the final plat.

A meeting packet with a copy of the comprehensive development plan is available online at: city.fitchburg.wi.us.

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