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Council approves annexation agreement for town of Troy land

The Hudson Common Council approved an annexation agreement for the two parcels of land shown off Mayer Road west of County Road F. The property was previously located in the town of Troy and owned by the Lee Family Trust. Photo from council packet

The city of Hudson will get a little bit bigger after the council approved an annexation agreement for about 40 acres of property off Mayer Road west of County Road F.

Community Development Director Mike Johnson said annexation of the property owned by the Lee Family Trust would include a number of requirements including acknowledgement and payment of potential land development costs.

The property comes into the city under the city zoning designation closest to its town of Troy designation, agricultural residential.

Annexation would not change the requirements placed on the property by Wisconsin NR 118, which sets the standards for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

These parcels have been considered for annexation for the last 10 to 15 years with the most recent agreement considered in 2014, Johnson said.

Upon request by Council Member Randy Morrissette, Johnson specified that the council is currently only approving making the property part of the city of Hudson, and any development of the area would have to go through a separate process for rezoning, comprehensive plan amendments, conditional use permits and other approvals.

"I want to make it very clear that we are not supporting the development project but the annexation itself," Morrissette said.

The annexation is the first step for any type of development of the property as a part of the city, regardless of who the developer is.

The proposed use of the property by developer LandDevCo is a mix of 25 single-family lots, more than 80 medium-density units with two to four units per building, and 150-300 high-density units within two buildings.

Doug Rowan, a neighbor of the property under discussion, expressed concerns with the proposed development of the parcels. He said the current development plans violate easements with landowners and doesn't seem to be consistent with standards for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Others have expressed concerns about traffic, Rowan said, which would likely increase on several roads nearby including at the Carmichael Road intersection. Rowan said another concern is safety for the nearby YMCA Camp St. Croix, which is located nearby but out of city limits.

Fellow neighbor Amy Rastetter said while she understands progress has to happen in small towns like Hudson, thinking of the fields by her home being turned into residences is difficult. She also said she was concerned about how taxes are going to be affected.

The council approved the annexation agreement unanimously as well as approving direction for a first draft of an annexation ordinance to be brought to the next council meeting on July 9.

Liquor license returned

The city also heard from Doug Rhode of River Valley Hospitality Center that the project would be giving up its liquor license.

Rhode said the center was unable to work out a deal with the seller. With the city's need for liquor licenses, Rhode said he felt it would be unfair to hold onto an unused one.

The license will be the only one currently available.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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