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The city of Port Washington approved the final plat for a 33-lot housing subdivision to be built along Highway LL and Harris Drive.

The housing development, called Matthaeus Farms and designed by Ansay Development, will be a mixture of two-bedroom walkouts and three-bedroom ranches with an overall emphasis on environmental sustainability.

According to Rob Ebert, marketing director for Ansay, houses in the subdivision, located just south of the Ozaukee County Justice Center, will be equipped to allow homeowners to spend less than $300 a year on heating.

"Our main focus with Matthaeus Farms is sustainable materials that benefit both residents and the environment," said Ebert. "Homes at Matthaeus Farms will be equipped with state-of-the-art insulation and specialized thermostats that will automatically turn off the heat when residents are not home. That way, people will not have to spend extra money every month just because they forgot to turn off the heat."

Another feature of the subdivision is its outdoor amenities, which includes a community farm and bike paths. The farm is an addition that has become popular with various proposed housing plans in the area. Seven Hills Farm, one of three developments proposed for a site on Highway C, features a sustainable farm in its 346-unit housing development.

"Community farms are great because they complement the needs of an eco-friendly community," said Ebert, "At Matthaeus Farms, people will be able to watch their food grow right outside their window. The community farm will start with flowers before ultimately expanding to sustainable, organic vegetables."

No timeline has been set for the beginning of construction, but Ansay Development is offering reservations of housing lots, with prices for houses in the $285,000 to $305,000 range.

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