Annexation of Five Diamonds from Town to City of Waukesha to be discussed at Plan Commission

Published on: 10/24/2012

More than a month after the owners of Five Diamonds Inc. requested to be annexed into the City of Waukesha, the city's Plan Commission will take up this issue at its meeting Wednesday night.

The complex, located on Les Paul Parkway (Highway 59/164) and Milky Way Road, opened earlier this year.

But it has been anything but a smooth relationship between owners Tom Kelenic, Greg Beatty, Town officials and the neighbors in the area.

According to the agenda, the Plan Commission will review a petition from A.W. Bryant to annex 3.34 acres west of Milky Way Road and south of Sunset Drive from the Town of Waukesha into the City of Waukesha.

After that, the Commission will look at a petition from Five Diamonds Inc. to annex 36.62 acres east of South Highway 164 and south of Sunset Drive from the Town of Waukesha into the City of Waukesha.

Both parties will also request for the Plan Commission to rezone the acres from Temporary Zoning to Park Zoning and amending the Land Use Plan from Residential to Park.

While the Waukesha Common Council would have to approve, going before the Plan Commission is the next step to get out of the Town for Five Diamonds.

It's been a rocky relationship since the very beginning when Kelenic and Beatty first proposed the project in 2010 and began the $2 million investment that includes youth baseball and softball fields. They broke ground in the summer of 2011.

Town Planner Roger Dupler said at an August Town Board meeting there have been 40 violation complaints of keeping the lights on a half-hour after the game and 13 of starting early this summer.

Neighbors, many of whom were in attendance at that meeting, said the Town needs to strongly enforce the conditional use permit that Kelenic and Beatty agreed upon earlier this year. They cited in a letter noise and light violations.

Users of the facility, however, say that the neighbors' claims are "petty" and say that a facility with countless benefits should not be seen with such backlash.

Owners also cite harassment from neighbors for taking videos of children playing if games run long.

The permit says that lights from Monday through Saturday need to be turned off by 9:30 p.m. Dupler said that no citations have been made.

The Waukesha Blazers organization and Catholic Memorial High School are the primary users of the facility. Tournaments, which drew teams from across the Midwest and state, have also been played there this summer.

The Plan Commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Waukesha City Hall Council Chambers, 201 Delafield St.