WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005 @ 5:00 PM



CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Bellmer called the Planning Commission Meeting of May 18, 2005 to order at 5:00 PM.


PRESENT:  Chairperson Alvin Bellmer, Planning Commissioners: Dennis Jochman, Kris Koeppe, Terry Buck, Michelle Schaetz, and Michael Van Dyke.  Community Development Director George Dearborn, Assistant Mary Heiting, and Intern Matt Dorner.


EXCUSED:                              Commissioner Harold Pelton.


ALSO PRESENT:                   Kelly Claflin                  Pat Gambsky                Bob Liedl

                                                Dan S.




APPROVAL OF MINUTES – April 20, 2005


The minutes of April were reviewed.  Agenda Item Workforce Development included comments about the tax base effect of this project.  Motion by Commissioner Mike Van Dyke, seconded by Commission Chair Bellmer to approve the minutes of the April 20, 2005 meeting with this noted correction.  Motion with corrections carried 5-0-1 (abstained DJ) 1-(excused).



  1. Rezoning – F & B Development LLC – Corner of Wheeler Rd and American Dr. (008-4812)

F&B Valley Development LLC is requesting a zoning change from M-1 Light Industrial to M-2 Heavy Industrial to allow for the construction trade and contractors offices, warehousing and retail sales.  The M-1 zoning district does not allow retail sales combined with warehousing. 


Kelly Claflin, F & B Valley Development (Portside Properties) explained that the construction site should include various stores; i.e. lighting, siding, plumbing as interior vendors to represent a 1-stop commodity location.  MOTION:  Commissioner Dennis Jochman seconded by Commission Chair Al Bellmer to approve the rezoning request as submitted.  Motion carried unanimously.


  1. SIGN – Springhetti Landscaping LLC – in the B-5 Zoning District

Springhetti Landscaping is proposing two signs in the B-5 Zoning District.  One sign has been placed temporarily on the site.  The second proposed sign will be placed on the building.  Staff recommends approval subject to the condition that all lighting be direct cutoff or internal, and that the free standing sign meet setback requirements and landscaped at its base. 


MOTION: Commission Chair Al Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Mike Van Dyke to approve the sign request as submitted.  Motion carried unanimously.


  1. CONDOMINIUM PLAT – 1251/1253 Fatima St.

Pat Gambsky, builder for this project proposes the redevelopment of this existing duplex.  He mentioned that when the building becomes a condominium plat, this plat would allow the owners, to build equity and obtain affordable housing.


MOTION: Commission Chair Al Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Shelly Schaetz to approve the condominium plat as submitted.  Motion carried unanimously.


  1. CSM – McMahon Business Park – 2 Lot CSM – McMahon Dr.

Commissioner Dennis Jochman requests abstention from this certified survey map item.  Midway Engineering Group Investments is proposing a two lot land division in the McMahon Business Park.  Staff recommends approval as submitted. 


MOTION: Commissioner Mike Van Dyke, seconded by Commissioner Terry Buck to approve the certified survey map as submitted.  Motion carried 5 yes, 1 abstention (Comm. DJ), 1 excused.



  1. ANR PIPELINE – Report on Use of Alternate Industrial Site

This item has returned to the Planning Commission from April’s meeting.  The conditions for approval stated in April have been complied with.  ANR Pipeline has further investigated alternate sites and will implement the use of the industrially zoned property across from New Hope Church.  No further action is required.




  1. Development Report – nothing to report at this time.
  2. Building Permit Report & Cost Benefit Analysis  


The following cost-benefit table for April is now showing a positive cost benefit due to the issuance of a building permit for Casa De Luigi’s:




At this time, Community Development Director George Dearborn introduced the newest member to the Planning Commission.  Terry Buck has been appointed to the Planning Commission by the Town Board of Supervisors to complete the three-year term of Charles Lewis.  Terry’s term commences on May 1, 2005 and expires April 30, 2008.  We extend a big welcome to Planning Commissioner Terrence Buck.




MOTION: by Commissioner Dennis Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Kris Koeppe to adjourn the meeting of May 18, 2005 at 6:15 PM.   Motion carried unanimously.





Mary R. Heiting

Recording Secretary