Mequon — More than 220 acres of Mequon farmland could be converted into a scenic 20-lot subdivision and commercial horse stable.

J.G. Ventures received approval from the Mequon Plan Commission on Monday, Jan. 11 to rezone 221 acres on the Oldenburg Farm at 11446 N. Farmdale Road and the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road. Commissioners also approved J.G. Venture's concept plan.

The subdivision, called The Overlook at Oldenburg Farm, is made up of two separate sections of land.

A 185-acre parcel on the east side of Farmdale Road would include 15 lots ranging in size from 1.25 to 2.75 acres. The lots are clustered in groups between three and five lots, and, true to the subdivision's name, overlook more than 100 acres of meadowland and woods along the Little Menomonee River.

The remaining 37 acres is located on the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road. These lots are between 2.5 and 3 acres and are clustered to the north of the property to maintain a vista from Mequon Road.

About 72 percent of the land is made up of open space. J.G. Ventures will transfer about 40 acres of wooded land surrounding the Little Menomonee River to protect the river area and allow for a public trail connecting city-owned property on the north and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District land on the south.

Not included in the subdivision proposal is an existing horse stable located within the 185-acre parcel at 11446 N. Farmdale Road.

The site has been used for years as a private horse operation, but is being sold to Karen and Kristin Maclay, the proprieters of High Hopes Farms.

High Hopes Farms, which also received approval from the plan commission on Monday, Jan. 11, will be located on a 20-acre parcel that includes a 24,000-square-foot stable and equestrian arena, as well as a storage building, an outdoor practice arena and paddocks. The stables are permitted to house a maximum of 19 horses, according to Mequon's zoning code.

High Hopes Farms will board and groom horses for horse owners, and will also train members of the public who do not own a horse. High Hopes Farms also plans to host events throughout the year.

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