PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

                     Town Hall, Wednesday April 19, 2000, for approval at the

                                                 5/17/00 Meeting

 

                      Town Chairman Tews called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

 

                      PRESENT:     Chairman Tews and Planning Commissioners’ Alvin Bellmer,

                                              Dennis Jochman, Chuck Lewis, and Roy Kuehn.

                                              Community Development Director George Dearborn and

                                              Associate Planner Jeffrey Smith

 

                      EXCUSED:     Jeanne Krueger

 

                      ALSO PRESENT:    John Duggan

                                                        Dan Hoel

 

           Approval of Minutes – March 15, 2000

 

           Motion by Commissioner Kuehn, seconded by Commissioner Bellmer, to approve the  

           Minutes of the Planning Commission Meeting of March 15, 2000. Motion carried with

           5 Aye, 1 Excused. Chairman Tews, Commissioners’ Jochman, Bellmer, Lewis, Kuehn

           Aye; Commissioner Krueger Excused.

 

1.      Town Conditional Use Permit – U.S. Oil Co., Inc. – John Duggan – (008-0224)

 

Community Development Director Dearborn explained that the applicant was proposing a convenience store on the northeast corner of W. American Dr. and County CB. The applicant submitted a plan, which was inadequate under the B-5 zoning guidelines, and later submitted a second (revised) site plan. The revised plan did show traffic access but still required additional information. Director Dearborn said that the basic concept was acceptable but requested a thirty-day delay for the applicant to provide a detailed plan.

 

John Duggan, from U.S. Oil, asked the Planning Commission to vote on the use (concept) of the plan rather than delay a decision for thirty days. Mr. Duggan explained that he would then provide a final plan at the next Planning Commission meeting. Mr. Duggan then pointed out that the proposed uses for the site included a convenience store, car wash, and fast food restaurant. In response to this request by Mr. Duggan, Director Dearborn explained that this process was done for a similar project in the past. Also, Director Dearborn pointed out that property owners within 300 feet were notified of the Town CUP and that there were no objections raised from those properties.

 

 

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Comm. Lewis suggested that the Planning Commission should only approve the concept and require the applicant to provide a more detailed site plan, which meets the requirements of the B-5 zoning district, at the next meeting.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lewis, seconded by Commissioner Bellmer, to approve the concept for the Town CUP, with the condition that the applicant provides a detailed site plan at the next Planning Commission meeting. Motion carried with 4 Aye, 1 Abstained, 1 Excused.

 

Chairman Tews, Commissioners’ Lewis, Bellmer, Kuehn Aye; Comm. Jochman Abstained; Comm. Krueger Excused.

 

2.      Certified Survey Map – Jim Fischer Inc., - (008-0120-06-01, 008-0116)

 

Director Dearborn stated to the Planning Commission that Jim Fischer Inc. was proposing a CSM creating two lots from existing parcels located just south of County BB. Furthermore, Director Dearborn explained that the property lies within an industrial zone and meets all Town subdivision requirements. Dan Hoel, representing Martenson and Eisele, reported that the two property owners in this area wanted frontage on the road so the CSM was proposed.

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to approve the CSM as submitted. Motion carried with 5 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

Chairman Tews, Commissioners’ Lewis, Bellmer, Jochman, Kuehn Aye; Comm. Krueger Excused.

 

3.      Certified Survey Map – Pheifer Bros. Const. Co. – (008-0541-03)

 

Director Dearborn explained that Pheifer Bros. was proposing a CSM to create four parcels on Kuehn Ct. and Kluck St. Director Dearborn pointed out that Lot 1 of the CSM has two zoning designations (R-4 =Multi-Family Residential and R-1 =Rural Residential) and that the County may require the lot to have one zoning designation. Chairman Tews asked if Lot 1 could be split in the future, in which Director Dearborn responded by explaining that would then require a subdivision. Finally, Dan Hoel discussed the makeup of the four lots and pointed out a triangle shape area (next to Lot 4) that was dedicated to the public.

 

Motion by Commissioner Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to approve the CSM as submitted. Motion carried with 5 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

Chairman Tews, Commissioners’ Lewis, Bellmer, Jochman, Kuehn Aye; Comm. Krueger Excused.

 

 

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4.      Discussion on Smart Growth Legislation

 

Director Dearborn discussed some of the basics of the new Smart Growth Legislation, such as the requirement of a Comprehensive Plan by every governmental unit by 2010, and the grants available to develop/amend the plan. Director Dearborn brought up the fact that Town residents have concerns dealing with open space. Director Dearborn then went on to say that every new subdivision has open space/dedication requirements and that the Community Development Department may soon implement environmental corridors in the Town. In relation to the new State legislation, Director Dearborn commented that that Town is hoping to update the Comprehensive Plan in 2001, especially since there will be State grants available such as a Transportation Grant and other grants addressing the various elements of the comprehensive plan. In addition, Director Dearborn discussed another Smart Growth program, the Dividend Aid Program, which rewards communities for higher density development. Director Dearborn finished up this brief discussion by pointing out that this Smart Growth legislation has received support from many different entities and that the Planning Commission members will continue to be informed on any new developments/changes with the State legislation.

 

Chairman Tews stressed the importance of preserving open spaces and commented that the new Smart Growth legislation will set the tone for the future development of the Town. After reviewing the new legislation, Comm. Lewis asked if the Town could get its own zoning, especially since it has Village powers. Comm. Bellmer raised the important point that the legislation does not specifically mandate a comprehensive plan. Comm. Bellmer went on to say that a local government cannot make land use decisions without a comprehensive plan, or be eligible to receive grants or other incentives from the State.

 

OLD ITEMS OF BUSINESS

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Comm. Lewis asked for some clarification on the Town property that was discussed at the Annual Town meeting. Director Dearborn explained that the Town Board could still sell the land (if it desires) and not turn it over to the Park Commission. Furthermore, Director Dearborn said that a group opposed to having the Town land become a park could call their own Town Meeting and reverse the decision. The opposing group would just need one more vote to reverse it (e.g. 101 votes if 100 votes at the original meeting). Comm. Kuehn later explained that the Park Department is currently working on a plan to develop the Town land into a nature reserve. In other news, Chairman Tews mentioned that the Town Board would appoint the new citizen planning commission members at the first Town Board meeting in May.

 

 

 

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ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion by Commissioner Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to adjourn the meeting at 5:56 p.m. Motion carried with 4 Aye, 2 Excused (*Comm. Jochman left at 5:30 p.m.*).

 

                                                                  Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                   Jeffrey Smith

                                                                   Associate Planner