PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

Town Hall, Wednesday April 18, 2001 for approval at the

5/16/01 meeting

 

 

Chairperson Bellmer called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

PRESENT:  Chairperson Bellmer and Planning Commissioners’ Chuck Lewis,

                     Michael Van Dyke, Harold Pelton, Dennis Jochman, Kris Koeppe,

                     and Tom Schein. Community Development Director George

                     Dearborn and Associate Planner Jeffrey Smith.

 

 

ALSO PRESENT:   Don Prellwitz

                                 Pat Prellwitz

                                 Bob Barlow

                                 Richard Stinski

                                 Robert Harris

                                 Ken Bonkoski

 

 

 

Approval of Minutes – March 21, 2001

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of March 21, 2001. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

1.  Rezoning – Martenson & Eisele – (008-5409 through 0085437 [inclusive] & 008-5449 through 008-5460 [inclusive] & 008-5522)

 

Director Dearborn explained that the current zoning designations for the Gateway Meadows subdivision were inaccurate. The rezoning would designate 130 lots as R-2 (Single-Family Suburban Residential) and 14 lots as R-3 (Two-Family Duplex lots). Winnebago County required the zoning change since a portion of the subdivision was incorrectly zoned as R-5 (Planned Residential). Chairperson Bellmer clarified with the Commission that the duplex lots were located just to the west of the Clover Meadows apartment complex.

 

Motion by Chairperson Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to approve the rezoning to R-2 & R-3 as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

2. Rezoning – Davel Engineering LLC – (008-5354 through 008-5357 [inclusive] & 008-5360 through 008-5365 [inclusive])

 

Director Dearborn reported to the Commission that the applicant was proposing a rezoning from R-2 (floodplain) to R-2 (non-floodplain) for a portion of the lots in the Wildlife Heights subdivision. In addition, these lots have already been filled to at least 2 ft. above the regional 100-year flood elevation, which then eliminates the need to purchase flood insurance. Furthermore, Director Dearborn explained that the impact on the floodplain would be minimal.

 

Chairperson Bellmer clarified with the Commission that the rezoning would include lots 44-49 as well as lots 38-41. Commissioner Jochman then clarified where the filling took place on these lots. Commission Jochman did request that Davel Engineering provide a new map for lots 44-49 that clearly designated the areas that were filled. This new map could then be presented at the Town Board meeting. Commissioner Lewis confirmed with the Commission that the filling of these lots has already occurred.

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to approve the rezoning from R-2 (floodplain) to R-2 (non-floodplain) as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.

 

3.  Rezoning – Harris & Associates – (008-0329, 008-0329-03, 008-0332)

 

Director Dearborn stated that the applicant was proposing a rezoning from the dual zoning of B-3 (General Business) and R-5 (Planned Residential) to the singular zoning of B-3 on three parcels located off of Racine Rd. The rezoning would then allow for a future commercial use (car wash development). Director Dearborn explained the current dual zoning existed since the prior owner wanted to put in a multi-family use. Director Dearborn then explained that the rezoning conformed to the Comprehensive Plan and that site plan review (e.g. screening requirements) would address any impacts of the commercial use on the adjacent residential mobile home park.

 

Commissioner Jochman clarified that the proposed use would be a commercial use and that Town staff, as opposed to the Planning Commission, would review it.

 

Robert Harris, representing the applicant, pointed out which three parcels would be rezoned. Director Dearborn then pointed out that one parcel to the south would still have the dual zoning of R-5 and B-3. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Lewis, seconded by Commissioner Jochman, to approve the rezoning from B-3 & R-5 to B-3 as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.

 

4.  Conditional Use Permit – Kenneth & Diane Bonkoski – (008-5072, 008-5073, 008-5074)

 

Director Dearborn explained that the applicant was requesting a CUP to construct three multiple-family townhouses that were to be located off of Golf Bridge Dr. The three parcels are zoned R-5 (Planned Residential) and therefore the proposal is an allowed use. Specifically, the proposal called for three 4-unit townhouses on 1.6 acres. This is a density of 7.5 units per acre. Director Dearborn did point out that the applicant must construct the additional roadway (semi-cul-de-sac) as a part of the project.

 

Don Prellwitz, 2628 Oakridge Rd., clarified with the Commission that the proposal meets the front (30 ft.) and rear (25 ft.) setback requirements of the zoning ordinance. Ken Bonkoski, the applicant, then stated that each unit would be 1,150 sq. ft.

 

Commissioner Lewis then clarified that the parcel located just to the south, owned by the WI DOT, had been the site of various multiple family projects that were turned down by the Town Board.

 

The conditions set forth by staff are as follows:

 

1.      A detailed site plan be submitted for review & approval by Town Staff.

2.      A drainage plan, with calculations, be submitted to the Town Engineer for approval.

3.      A Landscaping Plan be submitted for review & approval by Town Staff as a part of site plan review.

4.      The exterior façade be submitted for review & approval by Town Staff as a part of site plan review.

5.      A lighting plan incorporating full cutoff light design be prepared and approved by staff.

6.      All other federal state and local requirements be complied with.

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to approve the CUP, with the specified conditions. Motion carried unanimously.

 

5.  Variance – Richard Stinski – 1701 Brighton Beach Rd. – (008-0937)

 

Director Dearborn explained that the applicant was requesting a variance to construct a new garage on a garage lot that would not conform to the 30 ft. street setback requirement. Director Dearborn pointed out that the existing garage was 15 ft. from the front setback and that the new garage would be 13.5 ft. from the front setback. Furthermore, Director Dearborn noted that the garage lot was very small and it did not allow the applicant to construct an adequate garage that could meet the street setback requirement. Since the current garage was small (16’ x 20’), Director Dearborn then insisted that the applicant could not have practical use of the property under the current configuration.

 

Richard Stinski, the applicant, explained that a portion of the lot lied within a floodplain and then explained the details of the proposed garage.

 

Commissioner Jochman pointed out that the current size of the garage lot would not allow the current garage or any proposed garage to meet the 30 ft. street setback requirement.

 

Commissioner Van Dyke pointed out that the driveway for the property located to the east would be very close to the proposed new garage. Mr. Stinski then explained that he discussed this issue with the neighbor and the driveway may be relocated elsewhere on that property. Mr. Stinski then pointed out that the proposed garage would not cause any disruption with that driveway.

 

Commissioner Lewis asked if an approval of this variance would set a bad precedent for future variance requests. Director Dearborn responded by explaining that this case was very unique to this area of the Town and it was unlikely that there would be similar circumstances in other locations in the Town.

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Schein, to approve the variance as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.

 

6.  Temporary Use Permit – Kimberly-Clark Corporation – 1040 Chapman Ave. – (008-3339)

 

Director Dearborn reported to the Commission that Kimberly-Clark Corp. was requesting a Temporary Use Permit for a temporary trailer office. The trailer would be attached to the plant. Director Dearborn explained that Town Staff, including the fire and building departments, reviewed the site plan and had no objections.

 

The conditions for the Temporary Use Permit are as follows:

 

1.      The applicant submits the necessary state approved plans to the Town of Menasha Building Dept.

2.      All other federal, state, and local regulations are complied with.

 

Motion by Chairperson Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to approve the temporary use permit, with the specified conditions. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Abstention.

 

Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners’ Lewis, Pelton, Jochman, Koeppe, Schein Aye; Commissioner Van Dyke Abstained.

 

 

 

OLD ITEMS OF BUSINESS

 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Director Dearborn displayed a study to the Commission that showed the relationship of the values of single-family homes adjacent to multiple-family developments. As with other studies, this study again showed no harmful impact on the values of single-family homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Commissioner Van Dyke, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to adjourn the meeting at 5:54 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                                           Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                            Jeffrey Smith

                                                                                            Associate Planner