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WAUKESHA - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced that his office has resolved a civil environmental prosecution it brought against Trillium Development, LLC, a Hartland, Wisconsin real estate development company, and Jeffrey J. Christensen, one of the company's owners and its operator. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice to prosecute Trillium and Christensen for violating state erosion control laws in the course of their construction of a condominium development project known as "the Sanctuary of Delafield." The 14-acre project site is located in the City of Delafield, uphill and one block away from Lake Nagawicka. Trillium purchased the land in 2007 from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and plans to build and sell twenty single-family condominiums at the site. The violations in the case occurred over an approximately 18-month period in 2007 and 2008, and included:
Under the terms of the settlement agreement which has been approved by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald J. Hassin, Jr., Trillium and Christensen have entered pleas of no contest to the charged violations and have agreed to pay penalties and costs totaling $150,000.
"The Wisconsin Department of Justice will continue to work with DNR to ensure that the law is followed," said Van Hollen. Van Hollen added that this project site has returned to compliance with erosion control laws and the soils on the site are now properly stabilized.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas L. Dosch represented the state.