PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

Municipal Complex, Wednesday May 14, 2003 for approval at the

6/18/03 meeting

 

PRESENT:   Chairperson Alvin Bellmer, Planning Commissioners Michael Van

Dyke, Kris Koeppe, Richard Ratchman, Dennis Jochman, Harold Pelton, and Charles Lewis. Community Development Director George Dearborn and Recording Secretary Kevin Schultz

                   

ALSO PRESENT:  Karl Aldinger, John Schaidler, Paul Beuther, Emil Bigalke, Doris Bigalke, Brian Goldshlack, Norman Miller, Diane Miller, Scott Sauer, Betty Zaborsky, Barb Heeter, Pam Mueller, Jeanne Krueger, Don Gehrt, Allen Haase.

 

Public Hearing – Town of Menasha Comprehensive Plan

Chairperson Bellmer called the Public Hearing to order at 5:01 p.m.

 

The Town held a Public Hearing to address the adoption of the Town of Menasha Comprehensive Plan.  A summary of this hearing will be forthcoming.

 

Commissioner Koeppe excused himself at 6:28 p.m.

 

Motion by Chairperson Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to adjourn the Public Hearing at 6:57 p.m.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

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

 

Chairperson Bellmer called the Planning Commission Meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                      

Approval of Minutes – April 16, 2003

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting on April 16, 2003 as submitted. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.

 

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

 

1.  Resolution – Adoption of Town of Menasha Comprehensive Plan

 

Director Dearborn presented a number of suggested amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton to delay this item until the next Planning Commission Meeting in June.  The motion was not seconded.  Chairperson Bellmer stated most of the Plan was acceptable, and that only a few portions of the Plan were in dispute.  Director Dearborn recommended the Commission address the points in discussion before adopting the Plan. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to amend the Plan in regards to the area north of the Town Municipal Complex, increasing the area of Residential and reduce the area of Industrial.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

Motion by Chairperson Bellmer, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve the suggested map amendments in regards to:  the Highland Park area; the area south of Symphony Blvd.; the area north of the Town Municipal Complex.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to add a text amendment to the Residential density limits for the area near Club West to not exceed 8.5 units per acre.  Barb Heeter, 1960 Tumblebrook Rd., stated that the residents of the area preferred a density lower that 8.5, as they felt Multi-Family dwellings were not compatible with the area.  She also stated that higher density would increase the traffic on Shady Lane.  Director Dearborn stated that the staff was in agreement that Shady Lane was in need of restructuring.  Commissioner Van Dyke said that if a density of 6 to 11 units per acre were accepted for the area, the staff would not be able to deny any proposals that came in which called for the upper limits of the density.  Commissioner Jochman questioned whether the original density of 6 to 11 units per acre was too broad a range.  Commissioner Van Dyke clarified that this amendment would be particular to this area only, and would give the staff the ability to deny higher density development projects.  Director Dearborn reminded the Planning Commission that this Plan was not static, and that it can be adjusted in the near future if need be.  Director Dearborn felt that a limiting of density to no more than 8.5 units per acre was a good compromise.  Motion carried with 4 Aye, 2 Nay, and 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Pelton Aye; Commissioners Jochman, Lewis Nay; Commissioner Koeppe Excused. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve the revised text amendment for the agricultural area on the northwest side of the Town as presented by staff.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

In the matter of the Single Family to Multi-Family ratio in the Plan, Commissioner Lewis questioned why the text amendment was necessary.  Commissioner Jochman stated that the amendment was addressing a concern that a Town Resident had brought up in a previous meeting for the Plan.  Motion by Commissioner Van Dyke, seconded by Commissioner Ratchman, to approve the text amendment as presented by staff.  Motion carried with 4 Aye, 2 Nay, and 1 Excused.  Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Pelton, and Jochman Aye; Chairperson Bellmer and Commissioner Lewis Nay; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to adopt the resolution with the previously voted amendments.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

2. Rezoning – A-2 (Agricultural) to R-2 (Single Family) and R-3 (Two Family) – JR Development – Meadow Heights Subdivision – West American Drive

 

Director Dearborn summarized the rezoning request, and stated that it corresponded to the previously approved plat.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lewis, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke, to approve rezoning as submitted.   Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

 

3. Certified Survey Map (CSM) – Alan & Robert Pheifer – Hoffman Street

 

Director Dearborn summarized the proposed CSM, explaining that it would create four lots of R-1 (Single Family).

 

The condition recommended by staff for the CSM was as follows:

 

1.      The CSM shall identify the easement located on the west side of the lots for utilities.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lewis, seconded by Commissioner Ratchman, to approve the Certified Survey Map w/cond. as submitted.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

 

 

4. Certified Survey Map (CSM) – Brian Goldshlack, Gary Burkhardt, Lorraine Harding, and Karl and Carol Aldinger – 1363 & 1411 Palisades Drive

 

Director Dearborn explained that the CSM would split a small parcel and attach it to the two adjacent parcels, thereby adjusting the lot lines of those two lots.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lewis, seconded by Commissioner Pelton, to approve the CSM as submitted.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

 

5. CSM – Roger Clark – 1467 Windmar Drive

 

Director Dearborn summarized the CSM, indicating that it would adjust the south lot line of the property by moving the line south.  The adjustment would reduce the size of the 1008 Jacobsen Road lot, thereby creating 2 lots.  The new second lot would also provide for the dedication of a public right-of-way along Jacobsen Road.

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman, seconded by Chairperson Bellmer, to approve the CSM as submitted.  Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

 

OLD ITEMS OF BUSINESS

 

Director Dearborn stated that U.S. Oil, the owners of a car wash which had been raising noise level concerns from neighbors, had spoken to the church which is adjacent to the car wash, and together they were planning on funding construction of the continuation of fencing.  Commissioner Pelton inquired as to the planned height of the fence.  Director Dearborn said it would be over 6 feet.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

1.  Report on Comprehensive Plan Informational Meeting and Next Step in the Adoption Process.

 

Director Dearborn briefly summarized the May 6th, 2003 meeting at Spring Road School, and the fact that the issue carried over to a follow-up meeting with residents the next night on May 7th, 2003.  Director Dearborn also stated that the next step in the adoption process for the plan was the Monday, June 23, 2003 Town Board Meeting at 6 p.m., where the Board would approve the resolution which was voted on in this evening’s Planning Commission Meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton, seconded by Commissioner Lewis, to adjourn the meeting at 7:53 p.m. Motion carried with 6 Aye, 1 Excused.  Chairperson Bellmer, Commissioners Van Dyke, Ratchman, Jochman, Pelton, Lewis Aye; Commissioner Koeppe Excused.

 

 

                                                                                   Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                                    Kevin Schultz

                                                                                    Recording Secretary