Pleasant Prairie Village Board to consider Village Green Center plan amendments

Remember Pleasant Prairie’s Village Green Center plans?

They are still alive. In fact, the Village Board will consider some amendments to the village comprehensive plan related to the green center at its meeting Monday.

From a press release from the village:

During an October 8th Plan Commission meeting, a favorable recommendation was made to the Village Board for the approval of amendments to the Village Comprehensive Plan related to the future Village Green Center.

The Village Green Center is a proposed, future, downtown-like area at the demographic center of Pleasant Prairie. Proposed future plans call for a mixed-use development blending commercial, civic and residential uses to serve as a core gathering place for the community.

Public discussion about a Village Center began more than twenty years ago, but population counts in the surrounding areas did not support the center’s development at the time. Today, the Village has grown to approximately 20,000 residents. Since 2004, a private developer, owning a large amount of open space in the Village Green Center, has been working with Village staff and members of the community to gather and funnel public input for the project into tangible future plans for the land and surrounding area.

During 2007 and 2008, two planning cafés were held where public input for the Village Center was gathered. That input has since been worked into the future plans for the area. “These plans serve as a guide for how land in the area could develop over the long-term, once land owners are ready to either develop or redevelop their own property. Actual development of the land will be dependent upon land owners’ individual preferences and situations,” explained Community Development Director Jean Werbie-Harris. “Planning is done to provide people with future options for how the land can develop in an orderly fashion, eliminating the likelihood of poorly matched land uses and pockets of unserviceable or unusable land that could lead to lower value of the land.”

At the October 8th meeting, five residents living near or in the area, and two with an interest in the area, raised questions regarding the proposed future plans and how the plans would affect the value of their property. One nearby business owner also shared feedback regarding the plan and the types of uses he would like to see located in the center.

The Pleasant Prairie Village Board will consider the amendments to the Comprehensive Plan during an October 15th meeting. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at 9915 – 39th Avenue.

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