A 200-acre development that twice failed to gain approval from a Dane County planning commission now could end up deciding the fate of the commission.
Although the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources presides over the Capital Regional Area Planning Commission, the village of Mazomanie could hold the key to the group’s future if the village decides to appeal the group’s second rejection of a 200-acre mixed-use development proposed by Cross Plains-based developer Janice Faga.
Faga last year proposed the mixed-use development, which would include a senior housing community, residential units, retail and an extension of the village’s sewer system. CARPC failed to approve the proposal twice over water quality concerns, but DNR officials said the commission did not make a convincing argument and asked for a second consideration.
CARPC Thursday failed again to approve the proposal.
If the village appeals and the DNR approves the project, Tom Gilbert, the DNR’s wastewater facility planning coordinator, said CARPC opens itself up to constant questioning.