Residential development planned for hog farm site in town of Onalaska

US - A series of new residential developments have been proposed in the town of Onalaska, including the latest attempt to put homes on the 480-acre Severson farm on Hwy. D just east of Holmen.
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The town will hold public information sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the Severson farm proposal at Onalaska Town Hall, W7052 Second St. Onalaska.

Developers were unsuccessful in 2006 in getting the farm annexed to the village of Holmen.

Now Gavaghan LLC of West Salem, Wis., is asking the town of Onalaska to amend its new comprehensive plan to accommodate development on the farm.

"We are planning cluster housing and mixed-use, following the current trend of sensible development," said Gavaghan partner Fred Schomberg.

Schomberg and son-in-law Sean Gavaghan demonstrated their displeasure in 2006 with the former town of Onalaska board’s refusal to allow residential development at the site by placing pigs there along with a sign: "Holmen Hog Farm #1."

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