Town Hall, Wednesday May 15, 2002 for approval at the

6/19/02 meeting



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


PRESENT:   Chairperson Bellmer, Planning Commissioners’ Charles Lewis,

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

                      and Richard Ratchman. Community Development Director George

                      Dearborn and Building Inspector Lori Jencks.



ALSO PRESENT:  Treva Sitor                              





Approval of Minutes – April 10, 2002


Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting on April 10, 2002 as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.




1.  Certified Survey Map – Harris & Associates, Inc. – 1031 Appleton Rd. – (008-1580, 008-1582)


Director Dearborn stated that the CSM would combine two lots into one new lot in order to make a building addition conform to the zoning setback requirements.


Chairperson Bellmer commented that the parcel has been split in the past, from 4 lots to 2 lots. It would now only be one lot. The building addition has already occurred and the CSM was a condition of the site plan approval.


Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Ratchman, to approve the CSM as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.







2.  Certified Survey Map – Harris & Associates Inc. – 1054 American Dr. – (008-0474-01, 008-0475-01, 008-0474-01-01)


Director Dearborn explained that the CSM would enlarge the lot on the western and northern ends of the existing lot in order to make two proposed building additions conform to the zoning setback requirements. The portion on the northern end has to be acquired from adjacent property owner, Audrey Keyes.


Motion by Commissioner Van Dyke, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to approve the CSM as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.


3.  Certified Survey Map – Martenson & Eisele, Inc. – Twelve Oaks Lane – (008-0340-05-04)


Director Dearborn reported to the Commission that the CSM would split one lot into two new lots in order for the property owner to now have two buildable R-2 (Single-Family) lots.


Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to approve the CSM as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.


4.  Rezoning – Halbrook Builders, Inc. – 220 Stroebe Rd. – (008-0099-05-01)


Director Dearborn briefly described how the applicant was proposing a rezoning in order to remove an R-2 lot out of the floodplain designation. Specifically, this came as a result of the lot being filled 2 feet above the 100-year flood elevation. Director Dearborn then pointed out the current elevations of the lot and explained that there would not be an adverse flood effect on it.


Commissioner Lewis confirmed with Director Dearborn that the removal of the floodplain designation could apply to all of Stroebe Island. Furthermore, Director Dearborn discussed with Commissioner Lewis the different construction techniques that could deal with any potential floodplain problems.


Commissioner Ratchman pointed out that the property owner needed an application to verify that the lot was out of the 100-year floodplain. This was required in order to address the floodplain insurance issue. Commissioner Van Dyke confirmed that a previous rezoning in January removed the wetland designation and the current rezoning was removing the floodplain designation.


Motion by Commissioner Van Dyke, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to approve the rezoning as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.







1. Background to the Land Use Element


Jon Bartz, the consultant for the Town, briefly described the current amount of the various land uses in the Town of Menasha. Mr. Bartz specifically pointed out the percentage of single-family vs. multiple-family and how these percentages have changed from 1980 to the present.


Mr. Bartz responded to a question from Commissioner Koeppe about controlling future single-family and multi-family development by explaining that no development could occur outside of the sewer service area. Commissioner Van Dyke pointed out the recent conflicts concerning the maximum density allowed for multi-family projects.


Mr. Bartz then proceeded to explain how the future land use meetings would operate. Mr. Bartz emphasized that these meeting would address the “big picture” of the Town’s future land uses as opposed to only addressing particular lots or areas.


Director Dearborn and other Commissioners then discussed the importance of incorporating the smart growth principles in the Comprehensive Plan. Even though this was a new state requirement, the Commission agreed that the Town was correct in updating the plan at the present time.


2. Misc. Other Business


Commissioner Van Dyke inquired about the potential single-family development that may be submitted by Don Gehrt. Director Dearborn stated that the applicant has not approached Town staff yet with a revised plat. Commissioner Van Dyke then provided some insight on the status of the project by explaining that it would probably be resubmitted soon to the Commission. Director Dearborn inquired on whether it would be the same plan or a new plan.


Treva Sitor, 1847 Bridgeview Dr., inquired about the future possible development of multi-family in the Town. Director Dearborn explained that this would be addressed through the Comprehensive Plan. The plan would establish the ratio of single-family vs. multi-family and furthermore, the Town must take into account the smart growth guidelines as well as its future demographic projections.




Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to adjourn the meeting at 6:26 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.


                                                                                   Respectfully submitted,




                                                                                    Jeffrey Smith       &  Lori Jencks

                                                                                    Associate Planner     Building Inspector