No to Zoning change in the Priory area
Please sign this petition if you feel the proposed new land development off of Priory Road should remain zoned for 5 acre lots and also come to the rezoning meeting on April 20 at 5 pm at the Town of Washington Town Hall.
We are against a zoning change from 5 acre lots to a Rural Residential classification where 1 house could be on 1-2 acres.
The land west of Hwy F "has areas of bedrock within 5 feet of the surface of the ground, creating problems for building foundations, and especially for sitting septic. The implication is that extensive unsewered growth could cause problems for ground and surface water and contaminate shallow wells."(page 4-49 of The Land Use and Growth Management Assessment for Eau Claire).
The land west of Hwy F is out of the Sewer Service Agreement which means it will not be added to the City of Eau Claire's Public water and sewer in the future. We must be diligent in protecting our ground water in this area. Septic systems on larger tracks of land are always safer for the community. The City of Eau Claire is recommending mound septic for the north end of this property which will be a lot on a 1 acre piece of property. The City of Eau Claire does not know if they have had such a high density development on this type of bedrock before.
This land also has a noted slope of >20% per Map 8 of the Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan which does not agree with the term "potentially developable land" for a Rural Conservation development. It should remain zoned for 5 acre lots.
The water run-off from this property will impact neighbors all around it. This is very concerning for the residents of the Settler's Glen development. There are homeowners who already have water issues in their basement. Water run-off will only increase with increasing impervious surfaces such as roads, driveways, and walkways.
The traffic on Priory Road has increased a lot over the past couple of years. An additional 31 houses will cause more traffic and safety issues while walking our dogs and riding our bikes. At present, the TOW has no plans for improving Priory Road or adding a bike lane to it.
This proposed land development also goes against the Town of Washington's goals for Conservation Development (see 2.8.2 of the TOWCP). It is completely different from other developments in the area.