***TOWN OF MENASHA***

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2003 @ 5:00 P.M.

MUNICIPAL COMPLEX- 2000 MUNICIPAL DRIVE

 

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairperson Bellmer called the Planning Commission Meeting of September 17, 2003 to order at 5:01 PM.

 

PRESENT:             Chairperson Alvin Bellmer, Planning Commissioners Charles Lewis, Michael Van Dyke, Dennis Jochman, Harold Pelton, and Richard Ratchman. Community Development Director George Dearborn and Associate Planner Diana Kanter.

 

ALSO PRESENT:   Eden Foord

Gary Zahringer

Bob Liedl

 

EXCUSED:            Commissioner Kris Koeppe

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES – August 20, 2003

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton to approve the Plan Commission minutes of August 20, 2003.  Seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

NEW ITEMS OF BUSINESS:

 

1.      Variance – Eden Foord – SW Corner of Lake St & Annex Lane – Proposed Variance To Construct A New Single-Family Dwelling With A Substandard Street Yard Setback

 

Mr. Dearborn introduced the item and explained that a variance may only be granted for the following reasons by Wisconsin State Law:

 

1.  Exceptional Circumstances -- There must be exceptional, extraordinary or unusual circumstances or conditions applying to the lot or parcel, structure, use, or intended use that do not apply generally to other properties or uses in the same district and the granting of the variance would not be of so general or recurrent nature as to suggest that the Zoning Ordinance should be changed.

 

2.  Preservation of Property Rights -- That such variance is necessary for the preservation and enjoyment of substantial property rights possessed by other properties in the same district and same vicinity. 

 

3.  Absence of Detriment -- That the variance will not create substantial detriment to adjacent property and will not materially impair or be contrary to the purpose and spirit of this Ordinance or the public interest.

 

Motion by Chairman Bellmer to approve the request by Eden Foord for a  variance to construct a new single-family dwelling with a substandard street yard setback with the following criteria:

 

1.   Exceptional Circumstances –The limited buildable area that exists would not allow the construction of a home of any reasonable size without a variance of the street yard setback from Annex Lane. 

2.   Preservation of Property Rights – The property rights of the adjacent property are not affected by the granting of this variance

3.   Absence of Detriment –There is no detrimental impact on surrounding property.

Seconded by Commissioner Jochman.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

2.      Certified Survey Map – Great Northern Corp/Martenson & Eisele, Inc. – 395 Stroebe Rd – Proposed Land Division

 

Mr. Dearborn stated that Great :Northern Corporation is requesting a land division to shift the right-of-way to allow for a future addition to their building.  A previous CSM adjusting the right-of-way was approved.  This CSM would have no issues with the road itself; the pavement is within the proposed right-of-way as are utilities. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Jochman to approve the request by Great Northern Corporation for a land division with the following condition:

 

1.      Easements shall be reserved for existing utilities if needed.

 

Seconded by Commissioner Lewis.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

OLD ITEMS OF BUSINESS

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

1.      Building Permit Report

There were 132 single-family home permits, the record year was 1977 with approximately 160 single-family home permits.  This means a population increase of at least 500 people.

 

2.      Budget

At the Tuesday, Town Board Meeting.  The Town Board received the budget.  CDD is keeping a flat budget.  Striving to get PC members as APA members.  Chairperson Bellmer was made a member for next year.

 

 

 

3.      Items From Last Meeting:

·        Rezoning – Martenson & Eisele, Inc. – Meadow Heights Subdivision – Proposed Rezoning R-3 Two-Family Residential District to R-2 Suburban Residential District (Subdivided) – This item was approved.

·        Town Conditional Use Permit – Master Lube – West American Drive – Gateway Development - Site Plan Review is in process.

·        Additional development inquiries along West American Drive have also been received.

·        Meadow Heights is proceeding; work will begin at the end of this week.

·        Alaskan Acres has begun utility work.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Commissioner Pelton to adjourn the Plan Commission meeting at 5:24 PM.  Seconded by Commissioner Bellmer.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Diana Kanter

Recording Secretary