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New Berlin - The way is now clear for StoneFire Pizza, 5320 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin, to jump into construction of a trampoline park, while at the same time the first two subdivisions proposed for Section 35, the last large tract of farmland east of Moorland Road, are moving ahead, too.

All that happened at last week's New Berlin Plan Commission meeting where commissioners approved a conditional use permit for the trampoline park addition to StoneFire Pizza. The commission also held a public hearing on the Thomson Hollow subdivision proposal and recommended the rezoning needed by the Neumann subdivision proposal, also for Section 35.

No one spoke at the public hearing on the StoneFire Pizza proposal to build a 6,120-square-foot addition that will be home to a new trampoline park and arcade games. The plan is to cut the restaurant seating about in half, from the current 464 seats to 222.

StoneFire already has a three-level ball pit, bumper cars, mini-bowling and an arcade.

Currently, customers have to buy the pizza buffet when they enter. But that will change with the coming of the addition. No purchase will be needed to come in.

The addition will be built on the south side of the current building.

Subdivisions progress

The two subdivisions that also moved forward last week are both along Sunnyslope Road, the eastern boundary of Section 35 that lies roughly between Sunnyslope Road and Moorland Road and between Grange and College avenues. Now, mainly zoned agricultural, Section 35 is planned as a mix of single-family homes and business park, along with a city sports complex planned along Sunnyslope Road.

The Neumann plan, also called the Mancuso Concept of 34-homes at 5601 S. Sunnyslope Road, at Grange Avenue and Sunnyslope Road is in the north east corner of Section 35.

The project needs a rezoning, which the commission recommended to the common council without any remarks last week. The council will vote in December. The density of the project would be 1.22 lots per acre with the average lot size 27,413 square feet.

Similarly, only one person spoke at last week's hearing on the 54-lot Thomson Companies plan for the south east corner of Section 35. It would be behind the line of homes along College Avenue and extending north along Sunnyslope Road.

Thomson Hollow is proposed to be built on roughly 68 acres, of which 42 acres would be used for homes. The other 26 acres would be woods, uplands, wetlands and floodplain.

Trees in danger?

It was the future of just those woodlands and a line of trees on the western edge of the proposed Thomson Hollow that worried Scott Jentsch who lives across the street on Karrington Lane.

He asked if the rain landing on the proposed buildings, driveways and streets would end up flowing into the woods, harming the trees.

"And we end up with a bunch of dead trees?" he asked. Jentsch also said about the line of trees on the western border: "Some are not in real great shape. Is there a plan to protect them?"

Nikki Jones, city planning services manager, said the city is still evaluating the developer's plan to handle the additional storm water. However, as to protecting the woods and the tree line, she said, "The intent is to keep the trees healthy."

"These are all things we've been considering," she said.

Question on traffic

Jentsch also brought up a concern about whether the proposed subdivision would clog the intersections of College and Grange avenues with Sunnyslope Road. That should not happen, Jones said, based on the traffic impact analysis the developer had done. However, the city is still talking to the developer about traffic, she said.

The Thomson Hollow homes would be clustered around cul de sacs, with open space from 150 feet to 200 feet wide meandering through the proposed subdivision.

The average proposed lot size is 25,993 square feet with a density of 1.3 lots per net acre of developable land and 0.79 lots per gross acre.

However, also included in the plan are 11 lots smaller than the 25,000 square feet that the R-6 zoning requires. The common council can approve the smaller lots, all of which are beside the 26 acres of preserved open space.

Anticipated home size floor areas range between 2,000 and 2,200 square feet for ranch and one-story homes, and 2,200 to 2,400 square feet for two-story homes.

Because she has received inquiries from people who would like to move into Thomson Hollow, Jones said the tentative timetable is plan commission action on the proposed rezoning on Dec. 5, common council action on the rezoning on Dec. 13, subdivision plat consideration by the commission in January, a developer's agreement approved by the council in January or February, and final plat approval from the common council after the roads are done.

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