PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

Town Hall, Wednesday September 18, 2002 for approval at the

10/16/02 meeting

 

 

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

 

PRESENT:   Chairperson Alvin Bellmer, Planning Commissioners’ Charles Lewis,

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

                      Richard Ratchman (*arrived at 5:35 p.m.) Community Development

                      Director George Dearborn and Associate Planner Jeffrey Smith.

 

 

ALSO PRESENT:  David Schwartzbauer

                                 Lee Martin

                                 Lynn Martin

                                 Richard Pataska

                                 John Zaborsky

                                 Mike Barth

                                 Gary Zahringer

                                 David Eisele

 

                   

                                                             

Approval of Minutes – August 21, 2002

 

Motion by Commissioner Van Dyke seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to approve the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting on August 21, 2002 as submitted. Motion carried with 6 Aye; 1 Excused (Comm. Ratchman).

 

 

1.  Rezoning – Richard Pataska – 1105 Appleton Road -  (008-1590)

 

            Director Dearborn stated how Town staff recommended that the applicant apply

            for a rezoning from B-3 (General Business) to B-2 (Community Business) in

            order for the proposed addition to meet the minimum street setback requirement.

            A variance application under the B-3 district would not meet the variance criteria.

            The proposed addition would now meet the minimum 30 ft. street setback for the

            B-2 zoning district.  

 

            Commissioner Jochman commended Town staff on coming up with a solution to

            correct the problem with the variance application.

 

            Motion by Chairperson Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to

            approve the Rezoning from B-3 to B-2 as submitted. Motion carried with 6 Aye,

            1 Excused.

 

Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners’ Lewis, Van Dyke, Pelton, Jochman, Koeppe Aye; Commissioner Ratchman Excused.

 

2.  Preliminary Plat – Martenson & Eisele, Inc. – Shady Springs Estates VI - (008-0223)

 

Director Dearborn described how the preliminary plat was proposing 13 new single-family lots. Also, Director Dearborn noted that Martingale Lane would extend all the way through to Whippletree Lane. Furthermore, Director Dearborn stated that the existing storage buildings would have to be removed.

 

The conditions of the preliminary plat were as follows:

 

  1. A drainage plan, with calculations, is submitted to the Town Engineer for approval.
  2. The existing storage buildings shall be removed.
  3. The paved road width, including the curbs, for the extension of Martingale Lane shall meet the Town’s 33 ft. minimum standard.
  4. Approval of all agencies and other governmental entities with authority to object to a plat.

 

Chairperson Bellmer inquired about the road width requirement. Associate Planner Smith explained that the Town required a 28 ft. paved road with two 30 inch curbs, for a total of 33 ft. This standard was preferred by the Street Superintendent and a reduced width would not be desirable.

 

Mike Barth, 1302 Whippletree Lane, clarified with the Commission that all of the lots would have single-family homes and that the storage buildings would be removed.

 

John Zaborsky, 1312 Whippletree Lane, confirmed with the Commission that the home on Lot 80 would remain.

 

Commissioner Jochman explained that he talked with some nearby residents, who now felt that the complete extension of Martingale Lane was the preferred option as opposed to having the cul-de-sacs. Furthermore, these neighbors were satisfied that the storage buildings would now be removed.

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to approve the Preliminary Plat, with the specified conditions. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners’ Lewis, Van Dyke, Pelton, Jochman, Koeppe Aye; Commissioner Ratchman Excused.

 

3.  Rezoning– Davel Engineering Inc. – McGann Acres - (008-0156-09)

 

Director Dearborn stated that the applicant was proposing a rezoning from A-2 (General Farming) to R-2 (Single-Family Suburban) for a new 7 lot single-family subdivision. The final plat was approved at the prior meeting.

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve the Rezoning from A-2 to R-2 as submitted. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners’ Lewis, Van Dyke, Pelton, Jochman, Koeppe Aye; Commissioner Ratchman Excused.

 

4.  Certified Survey Map – Carow Land Surveying – Carleton Ave. - (008-0953)

 

Director Dearborn explained that the CSM would split one lot into two new R-2 (Single-Family) lots. Lot 1 has an existing home and Lot 2 could then allow for the construction of a single-family home.

 

Lynn Martin, 2210 Carleton Ave., clarified that the two new lots could be sold but each was now separate legal parcels.

 

Concerning access to the new lots, Director Dearborn stated that Lot 2 would need a new driveway and it would be placed at the point where the Gmeiner Road pavement terminated.

 

Commissioner Jochman posed an alternative access option, which involved the property owner granting an easement that would allow access to both lots from either Gmeiner Rd. or Carleton Ave.

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve the CSM as submitted. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners’ Lewis, Van Dyke, Pelton, Jochman, Koeppe Aye; Commissioner Ratchman Excused.

 

5. Certified Survey Map – Martenson & Eisele, Inc. –  N. Lake St. -(008-0291-03)

 

Director Dearborn stated the CSM would create two new lots from an existing unplatted lot. Director Dearborn then pointed out many natural conditions, such as floodplains, wetlands, and a navigable stream that would limit the amount of development area on each new lot.

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to approve the CSM as submitted. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners’ Lewis, Van Dyke, Pelton, Jochman, Koeppe Aye; Commissioner Ratchman Excused.

 

6.  Text Amendments to the Winnebago County Town/County Zoning Ordinance – Winnebago County Planning & Zoning Committee

 

Director Dearborn briefly listed some of the proposed zoning text amendments, such as: signage, appeals process for Conditional Use Permits, and correcting errors in wetland mapping. Director Dearborn did emphasize that Town staff caused the County to initiate some of these changes based on finding fallacies in County staff interpretations or discovering language that was not actually specified in the ordinance format.

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Jochman, to approve the text amendments as submitted. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners’ Lewis, Van Dyke, Pelton, Jochman, Koeppe Aye; Commissioner Ratchman Excused.

 

 

OLD ITEMS OF BUSINESS

 

1.  Variance – Richard Pataska – 1105 Appleton Road – (008-1590)

 

Director Dearborn reported to the Commission that the applicant has provided a written request to withdraw the variance since the rezoning to B-2 now corrected any problem with the minimum street setback requirement for the proposed addition.

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

1.  Comprehensive Plan Update  - Implementation Measures

 

Jon Bartz, the consultant for the Town, described in detail the portion of the Implementation Element that dealt with level of service standards. Mr. Bartz explained that there were standards adopted by the East Central Region Planning Commission for residential land use density, wastewater flow for commercial/industrial, and transportation. Some details of each are as follows:

 

1.      Residential Density Standards:

·        Infrastructure (sewer, water, storm sewer, street, park) –levels must be complied with

·        Services (police, fire, schools, etc.) – levels are recommended.

·        The High Density Standard adopted by East Central is defined a 3 units or more per acre. The entire Town then falls under this category and therefore it must comply with them. If the Town does not comply, then East Central will deny sewer service area extensions.

2.      Commercial/Industrial Standards:

·        The Town should comply with the highest standard (Category H) which is defined as industrial & commercial development with projected daily wastewater flow rate of 10,000 or more gallons.

 

In applying these standards, municipalities can be flexible. But these level of service standards are designed to prevent urban sprawl.

 

3.      Transportation Standards:

·        Level C is the desirable level of service = stable yet restricted traffic flow, interaction with other transportation systems. Factors affecting Level C standards include: capacity, average speed, number of turns, number of access points, level of visibility, and adjacent land uses.

·        The Town will need to conduct traffic counts and make other observations to make sure that specific collectors, such as Irish Rd., Cold Spring Rd., E. Shady Lane, and Jacobsen Rd. meet the Level C Standards.

·        The Town may also want to incorporate pedestrian access with these roads when addressing compliance with the transportation standards.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to adjourn the meeting at 6:46 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                                   Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                                                         

 

 

                                                                                    Jeffrey Smith      

                                                                                    Associate Planner