New Berlin, WI. Residents File Lawsuit to Block Wal-Mart Rezoning
Neighbors First filed a petition with 1,800 signatures against the plan--but petitions are not legally binding. The petition states, "We believe that a Wal-Mart Supercenter at that location will cause irreparable environmental and economic damage and negatively impact the quality of life to the residents of that neighborhood."
The residents say that the rezoning of the property, which the Village Board adopted in May, violates the city's land-use plan for that site. The 16 acre parcel is wooded, and has a small wetland on the site.
Ironically, New Berlin is known as the "city of trees," but this Wal-Mart plan will tilt that towards a "city of asphalt" designation. The citizen's lawsuit says that rezoning urban residential and mixed-use residential to suburban commercial and eliminating residential zoning violates the New Berlin 2020 Comprehensive Plan, which says that this intersection should feature "signature buildings that are compatible with surrounding areas," and that buildings should expand vertically, not sprawl horizontally.