Based on this post at Boots and Sabers in which Ol Lady Owen takes a stand against putting 36 rental townhouses in a failed TIF zone, the answer is yes, West Bend could very follow New Berlin in controversy over affordable housing.
From the West Bend Daily News:
Alderman Tony Turner is a member of the West Bend Redevelopment Authority (RDA), which oversees the city’s TIF districts and has indicated it would sell the property to Real Estate Equities.
He pointed out that TIF District 5 is all but vacant now and a $500,000 annual drain on the city’s general fund.
River Bluffs would generate tax revenue to help reduce that cost to the taxpayers, although just 50 percent of what the city hoped would be generated by that parcel.
“If this were the perfect project we wouldn’t be having this debate,” Turner said. “We can’t wait for the perfect project. This is a very good project.”
City studies indicate that Wisconsin Street parcel would not lend itself to commercial development and a 1998 strategic plan for downtown projected housing was best suiting for it.
Turner said River Bluffs would be a quality development. “This is about the best residential project we can hope for,” he said.
The housing would be aimed at households making 50% to 60% of the West Bend median of $64,733 (per the article). Which means they would be earning between $32 K and $35 K. Which in Owen's world "putting this in the heart of West Bend ... is asking for trouble." Owen trots out the standard scaremongering arguments against the development, including outright myths, with no substantial backing. But that's par for the course in these arguments.