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Hartland Village Board approves preliminary plat for Sanctuary subdivision

Several village residents with homes near the proposed Sanctuary subdivision got another chance this week to voice their concerns about the development to village board members and developer Chris Miller.

The board approved on Monday, Aug. 25, the preliminary plans for the project, but amened the motion not to include any concrete details for a walking path on the northwest side of the development or an emergency access road to the east of the property.

Every person who spoke during the pubic hearing portion of the meeting was against the project, some more than others, and touched on various concerns that have been previously mentioned to the board.

One resident, Joanie Decker-Nold, whose property abuts the land for the proposed subdivision, asked several questions about the walking path to Miller and village trustees directly.

She said her primary concerns were for maintaining privacy and child safety around her home.

Other citizens wondered about snow removal on the path, the possibility of water-seepage problems and the security of their property.

Miller said a lot of the decisions about the nuances of the development were not his to make, and that his design choices reflected the advice he received from the various municipal boards and commissions that have reviewed the project plans.

He also acknowledged that the path would present snow-removal problems, but suggested it could be closed during the winter as a possible alternative.

"I'm open to whatever the village wants," he added. 

But the board was not unanimous in its opinion either. Trustees Michael Meyers and Ann Wallschlager called for a second entrance and egress point in the subdivision, where the emergency access road would be, and there was additional discussion on an appropriate width for the walking path.

Trustee Dick Lanwehr said he thought that whatever the board decides about the project some people will remain unhappy. 

More conversation about specific details will occur as the project moves through the approval process, said Village Administrator Dave Cox.

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