There's an awful lot in this installment of our blog series tracking sprawl development in Wisconsin that will make your head spin. Call in the serious planners and the English teachers.
The City of Middleton bought a golf course to protect a border from annexation by neighboring Madison and to discourage development near a prime fishing stream.
Now Middleton, saddled with the golf course, wants to let a developer put in 104 houses with septic systems, not sewer hookups, on part of the property under the butchered slogan "New Ruralism."
That's the second unfortunate phrase in this story; the golf course is called Pleasant View - - but if the development goes through, the vistas off Pleasant Valley Rd. touted on the course website get a lot less pleasant:
Situated on hills approximately 300 feet above Lake Mendota, Pleasant View Golf Course provides a panoramic view of the City of Middleton and Madison.Classic sprawl into green space at the edge of good fishing waters and lacking hookups to municipal sewer lines is, regrettably, neither new or rural-friendly.
Water pollution is just one failed septic tank away - - and constructing 104 homes is never easy on the land and water.
All in all - - a clumsy turn of a phrase at the expense of "New Urbanism," which centers on sustainability, and a worse use of municipal powers.
The Road To Sprawlville - - we began this in 2007: an example - - has rarely hit such potholes.
Props to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin for sounding the alarm.
[Full disclosure: I worked for Paul Soglin in the 1970's]