Memo

Date:      January 11, 2006

To:          Town Planning Commisison Members

From:     George Dearborn, AICP Director of Community Development

RE:          Agenda Item 6 – Annual Review of Goals Objectives and Policies and Discussion about a Future Land Use Map Amendment of the 2003 Comprehensive Plan

Overview

As we have done on an annual basis we will review the goals, objectives and policies of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.  In addition, we will discuss a planned change to the future land use map.  I have included a copy of the goals, objectives and policies of the plan. I have highlighted some of what we feel are the key issues that may need to be addressed.  I ask that you also review the goals, objectives and polices and if you have any that are of concern to you bring them up at the meeting. 

 

I feel that no changes are needed this year, but that we need to strive to implement more of the objectives and policies.  I also feel that we have had some real successes in the last year. 

 

One of the goals that I feel is very important is the further pursuit of incorporation.  I attended the public hearing on the Winnebago County Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday night January 10. 2006.  One of the concerns raised by a Town Board member from the Town of Oshkosh was the impact that the City of Oshkosh is having on their development.  The City of Oshkosh has adopted a Comprehensive Plan and is exercising its right to regulate land use within 3 miles of its borders.  This has substantially affected and limited development in the Town of Oshkosh.  We are fortunate to have a good relationship with the City of Appleton, Menasha and Neenah but if any or all of the Cities decide to take advantage of their extraterritorial authority and any Comprehensive Plans they adopt are contrary to the plan the Town has in place then development could be delayed or prevented that is not in compliance with the Cities’ plans.  This would be a very serious development. 

Findings of Fact

·         Staff finds that no Text Amendments are needed this year.

Staff Recommendation                            

Staff recommends no changes in the text for 2006.