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Kaukauna plan commission discusses Nickel Farm concept plan

The City of Kaukauna Plan Commission met on Thursday, July 9, where one of the subjects was the city’s new-acquired 40.47-acre Nickel Farm property on Highway 55 on the city’s far south side.

Director of Planning and Community Development Bob Jakel explained that the property includes extensive wetlands that can be mitigated per Wisconsin DNR regulations. The development will include 27 single-family lots.

In addition, there will be one pony baseball field and three Little League baseball fields with parking to accommodate 210 stalls, which would be sufficient for hosting tournaments. Jakel explained that a two-acre storm water area would be required to accommodate the development and the eventual extension of residential growth to the south.

Six lots include extensive wetlands and the owners of five of the lots would need to be aware of potential large street assessments because of the large lot sizes. The wetlands could be incorporated into the landscaping. Commission member John Sundelius explained that the Storm Water Utility covers the cost of pond maintenance. The city may ask the state to pay for turning lanes on Highway 55 to access the baseball parking lot.

Sundelius suggested eliminating Lots 24 through 28 to free up space for the recreational area and investigating revenue loss versus more parking and additional green space. 

Jakel explained that he did not anticipate lighting, however that would be up to the common council to decide. The commission also discussed a possible agreement between the city and Kaukauna Youth Baseball regarding use of the complex.

The commission approved directing staff to proceed with the preliminary platting process taking into consideration the items discussed.