Plan Commission Minutes for September 17th, 2007

  1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Roger Fetterly. Members present other than Chairman Fetterly were: Doug Yelk, Judy Stang, Alan Meyer, Dot Havens , John Quimby and Keenan Crothers. Also present was Claudia Quick, Town Clerk
  2. Public Notice. Notice of the meeting was posted on the three Town bulletin boards on September and was mailed out to applicants the same day.
  3. Approval of the Minutes.  Hearing no objections, Chairman Fetterly approved the minutes of the last meeting.
  4. Public Comment. There was no comment for the public.
  5. Public Hearing on Petition #9749 and CUP #2049 by Jose Balderas.  Applicant proposing to rezone 1.42 acres from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to C-2 Commercial to conform with the adjacent La Rue Fields zoning at 4406 CTH TT. There was no comment from the public.
  6. Consider and Take Action on the Balderas petition.  Permitted uses, from the Dane County Ordinances, for the Balderas petition in the C-1 zoning district were deemed to be: C, D — excluding medical and dental offices, E ‘offices’ only, J, K, L and 0. In the C-2 section, the following are the agreed upon uses: B, C, D — striking ‘sales of new and used mobile homes’ and S. Member Yelk made a motion to approve the petition with the above named as acceptable uses and striking mini-warehouses as well. Member Crothers seconded. Motion carried. Member Yelk then made a motion to amend the motion to include operation hours to be 5am to 10 pm and all outdoor lighting to be non-disruptive to neighboring properties. Member Stang seconded. Motion carried.
  7. Consider and Take Action on the Preliminary1Final Plat Review Submitted by Schuster LLC.  Chairman Fetterly asked Mr. Schuster if he will adopt the Covenants and Developers Agreement from the first phase of his plat and Mr. Schuster indicated that he would. Member Crothers made a motion and Member Quimby seconded. Motion carried.
  8. Consider and Take Action on a Preliminary Plan by Wayne and Beverly Wolf. Applicants proposing to rezone 5.2 acres if a 6.83 acre parcel from RH-2 Rural Homes to A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to return residential land to farmland and accommodate the sale of the remaining residential parcel at 2864 CTH T. Member Stang made a motion and Member Havens seconded. Motion carried.
  9. Review Draft Ordinance Amendment of Proposed Design Standards. The Board deemed that the Plan Commission is to perform all design review and corrections to the form provided were as follows: (b)(1) a add ‘per lot’ at the end, (c)(4) c — strike ‘within residential development’, (c)(4) d — shall ‘where practical’ be… and berms, not beams, (i) ‘adjacent’ instead of accent and (j) ‘queing’ without the extra ‘u’.
  10. Consider Boundary Issues with Adjacent Municipalities.  Chairman Fetterly indicated that there was nothing new to discuss.
  11. Plan for Community Participation in Updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. Chairman Fetterly stated that Claudia Quick will get some part time help and be fabricating a newsletter for the Townspeople.
  12. Set Next Regular Meeting Date. The next regular meeting date of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was scheduled for October 15th at 7:00 p.m.
  13. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted for the record, this 9th day of October, 2007

Kennan L Crothers Secretary

Plan Commission Minutes for September 19, 2005

  1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Roger Fetterly, Members present other than Chairman Fetterly were: Kennan Crothers, Alan Meyer, Judy Stang, Doug Yelk, Dot Havens and John Quimby.
  2. Public Notice. Notice of the meeting was posted on three town bulletin boards on September 19, 2005 meeting.
  3. Minutes Approval. Hearing no objections, just correcting # 5 to read ‘plat’ and # 8 noting Stang & Fetterly as ‘no’ votes, Chairman Fetterly approved the minutes of the September 19, 2005 meeting.
  4. Public Comment. There was no public comment.
    Consider and take action on preliminary plan by Scott Foley. Discussion opened with Chairman Fetterly quoting LC-1 limitaitons and Mr. Folley agreeing. Mr. Folley then agrees to burm on road side. Chairman Fetterly makes motion stipulating 6A-9P operating hours, no lit signage and screening in accordance with Dane County ordinances. Member Stang second the motion. Motion carried.
  5. Consider and take action on plan by John Kalinwski and Heidi Voges. Proposal deemed acceptable due to not creating a new lot. Member Crothers made motion to approve and Member Stang seconds motion. Motion carried.
  6. Consider and take action on plan by Richard Williamson. Plan commission points out that Township discourages subdivisions and has no divisions left this year as well. Chairman Fetterly explained the LESA evaluation process and the E.T.J. of Madison in this case. No motion taken.
  7. Conservation Easement updates. Chairman fetterly explains his having met with the Bradleys to explore a conservation corridor along the Koshkonong River. Chairman Fetterly stated that the Bradleys aren’t interested.
  8. Review of Township’s comprehensive planning process. Discussion focused on the LESA evaluation with defense of it provided by Chairman Fetterly.
  9. Set next Agenda.
  10. Next regular meeting date. The next regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was set for October 17, 2005.
  11. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m. submitted for the record.

Kennan Crothers, Secretary

Town Commission Minutes for February 21, 2005

  1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Roger Fetterly. Members present other than Chairman Fetterly were: Jennifer Deuster-Loesch, Kennan Crothers, Alan Meyer, Judy Stang, and Doug Yelk. Carl Williamson resigned leaving a vacancy as of 2-21-05. Also present was Claudia Quick, Town Clerk.
  2. Public Notice. Notice of the meeting was posted on three town bulletin boards on February 15, 2005 and was mailed to members on the same date.
  3. Minutes Approval. After hearing two corrections to the minutes (revision of the application numbers in paragraphs 7 and 8 from #8879 to #9165 and correction of the page numbering), Chairman Fetterly approved the minutes of the January 17, 2005 meeting.
  4. Public Comment. There was no public comment.
  5. Public Hearing on Application # 9165/Joan Veith, David Benesh, Mike Kohn, et al by Jim Lowry. Chairman Fetterly opened the public hearing to allow comment on application # 9165 by Jim Lowry (representing Joan Veith, David Benesh, Mike Kohn et al) to rezone 22.0 acres from A-1 (Ex) to a 15 acre parcel zoned A-2(8) for the production of organic agriculture products and a 7.0 acre parcel zoned A-B Agriculture Business for the sale, storage and parking associated with organic farming North of 4925 Pierceville Road, in Section 35, Town of Sun Prairie.

    Many citizens appeared to give public testimony against the application. The citizens were as follows: Cheri and Ted Krisher, Joe Kaltenberg, Kathy Harry, Tom Viken, Tom Sanders, Tim Lamb, Craig Haberkorn, David Grob, and Blake George. Attorney for Blake George, Michael Christopher of Dewitt, Ross and Stevens, also spoke against the application. The citizens’ concerns are summarized as follows: (1) increased traffic on Pierceville Road; (2) the aesthetics of the proposed shed, greenhouse, parking lot and landscaping; (3) potential for noxious weeds; (4) devaluation of the citizens’ properties; (5) nearby non-organic farming practices may be incompatible with organic farming plans — flooding and run-off will carry chemicals to the property; (7) Mr. Lowry’s and Mr. Kohn’s alleged unwillingness to call a neighborhood meeting; (8) fear of more rezoning; (9) concern over lighting and hours of operation; (10) inappropriateness of location for a business; and (11) inability to predict what owners after Mr. Kohn will do on the rezoned property, eg. America’s Best in Cottage Grove.

    Mr. Lowry and Mr. Kohn spoke in favor of the application. Their comments are summarized as follows: (1) expect light traffic of 3-4 customers a day and a truck to transport goods to market; (2) land will lie fallow for 3 years to get certification; (3) plans to mainly sell at Farmer’s Markets; (4) plans for nice shed and greenhouse; (5) no longer want the small engine repair; (6) will not hold nearby farmers liable for natural run-off; and (7) limited lighting on property for security reasons. Chairman Fetterly then closed the public hearing.

  6. Action on Application # 9165/Joan Veith, David Benesh, Mike Kohn, et al by Jim Lowry. In discussion, various items were discussed: (1) traffic on Pierceville Road and what can be done about speeding; (2) sanitation plans; (3) nature of water run-off; (4) non-conforming nature of properties’ present zoning; (5) business would be open April thru November; (6) the possibility of eliminating the onsite sales that would necessitate A-B Agriculture Business zoning; and (7) a request by Mr. Lowry to table action until the next meeting so as to allow Mr. Kohn time to meet with neighbors.

    Motion by Stang/Deuster-Loesch to table action until March 21, 2005 on application # 9165 by Jim Lowry (representing Joan Veith, David Benesh, Mike Kohn, et al) to rezone 22.0 acres from A-1 (Ex) to a 15 acre parcel zoned A-2(8) for the production of organic agriculture products and a 7.0 acre parcel zoned A-B Agriculture Business for the sale, storage and parking associated with organic farming North of 4925 Pierceville Road, in Section 35, Town of Sun Prairie with the following conditions: (1) that there be a deed restriction prohibiting further residential development, and (2) limit the permitted uses to only those authorized under Dane County Ordinance, sections 10.121(2) (b), (d), and (f) as follows: (b) sales distribution, mixing, blending and storage of feeds, seeds and fertilizer; (d) processing and preserving of natural agricultural products, fruits and vegetables; and (f) sales and distribution of nursery stock and plants. The motion carried with six ayes.

  7. Consideration and Preliminary Action on Application #9199 and CUP #1953 by Heidi Kuhman. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Heidi Kuhman to rezone approximately 7.3 acres from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to a 1.5004 acre parcel zoned C-1 Commercial and a 5.6271 acres parcel zoned A-2 (4) to create a garden and nursery business, including construction of greenhouses, growing and selling plants, selling pottery, garden art and related items at 3577 Bailey Road in Section 30, Town of Sun Prairie.

    Heidi Kuhman presented her preliminary plan and answered questions as to her plans as follows: (1) five year plan including nature of planned buildings and display gardens; (2) neighbors for the business; (3) DOT has given verbal approval for commercial access off of County T; (4) May thru December are planned months of operation; (5) parking exceeds County requirements; (6) nature of items to be sold; (7) applicant has a landscape design degree and master gardener certificate; (8) nature of planned greenhouses – no lights inside and only plans for a garage heater; (9) composting plans for waste materials; (10) water retention plans; and (11) plans to have a gravel parking lot rather than a paved one.

    Chairman Fetterly distributed the Land Evaluation Analysis of Soil Management Units (LESA) of the subject land. Chairman Fetterly expressed his belief that a LESA analysis was not required. The analysis was for the entire 7.3 acres and showed a weighted score of 78.25 which demonstrates productive farmland that would dictate against development per the Town’s Comprehensive Plan (see Appendix E subparagraph E subparagraph 2). Chairman Fetterly stated that the actual area to be rezoned C-1 Commercial is non-prime farmland.

    Motion by Fetterly/Stang to give preliminary approval to the preliminary plan to rezone approximately 7.3 acres from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to 5.6271 acres parcel zoned A-2(4) and a 1.5004 acre parcel zoned C-1 Commercial limited to retail and service uses associated with a garden center/nursery business with a conditional use permit (CUP) for Agricultural uses in C-1 Commercial for greenhouse/nursery business at 3577 Bailey Road in Section 30, Town of Sun Prairie with the following items to be addressed at the next meeting: (1) restriction of hours of operation, night lighting, and signage; (2) traffic; and (3) plans for drainage.

    The motion carried with five ayes and one nay.

  8. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Gary Damrow. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Gary Damrow to rezone 4.7 acres of a 38.6 acre parcel from A-1 (Ex) to RH-2 to separate farm buildings from the remainder of the farm in anticipation of selling farmland at 1696 CTH T, Section 13, Town of Sun Prairie. Gary Damrow was not present due to his work schedule and Claudia Quick presented his application. There was a brief discussion as to the Comprehensive Plan addressing such a situation on page 57 paragraph e. Motion by Yelk/Deuster-Loesch to give preliminary approval to rezone 4.7 acres of a 38.6 acre parcel from A-1 (Ex) to RH-2 to separate farm buildings from the remainder of the farm in anticipation of selling farmland at 1696 CTH T, Section 13, Town of Sun Prairie. The motion carried with six ayes.
  9. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Alden Bosben. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Alden Bosben to rezone part of a 61.382 acre parcel from A-1 (Ex) to RH-1 Rural Home for a single family residence at the south end of Bosben Road in Section 29, Town of Sun Prairie.
    Alden Bosben distributed the proposed site plan and presented his preliminary plan and answered questions as to his plan as follows: (1) explained the proposed shared driveway/agricultural drive and its length; (2) 1 acre so as to meet the minimum lot size; (3) 13% slope of proposed site; and (4) his willingness to put a minimum of 10 acres into a conservation easement.

    It was then discussed, that theTown Board had stated that it thought that while the Comprehensive Plan was a good guide that sometimes other factors such as conservation easements may come into play. Doug Yelk then stated that he had walked the site and agreed with Mr. Bosben’s view of the slope grade on the site, eg. not farmable. Alan Meyer then discussed the LESA score from the October 2004 meeting which was 77.9 and dictated against development but did not take into account the slope of 13%. There was then discussion by Chairman Fetterly as to the nature of the land and whether there was any wooded land for a conservation easement. Jennifer Deuster-Loesch requested clarification as to the LESA results. Chairman Fetterly then raised the question as to whether or not the commission wanted to consider allowing residential development in exchange for a large conservation easement. Discussion as to this question then followed as well as discussion as to the nature of the conservation easements per the Town Ordinance.

    Motion by Yelk/Crothers to give preliminary approval to the preliminary plan by Alden Bosben to rezone part of a 61.382 acre parcel from A-1 (Ex) to RH-1 Rural Home for a single family residence at the south end of Bosben Road in Section 29, Town of Sun Prairie with a twenty acre conservation easement on the southern most twenty acres of the property. The motion carried with the roll call vote as follows: (1) Ayes – Crothers, Meyer, Stang, and Yelk; and (2) Nays – Deuster-Loesch and Fetterly.

  10. Consideration and Action on Request by John Dollard. Chairman Fetterly commenced
    Discussion on a request by John Dollard to remove the “no further residential development deed restriction” on application #9167 which was approved at the January 17, 2005 Plan Commission Meeting. John Dollard explained his desire to have the restriction lifted – down the road there may be plans for residential development. Doug Yelk explained the reason for the deed restriction was so that Mr. Dollard would have to come back to the Board prior to building a house and that neighbors had expressed opposition to further development at the time of approval of the application. John Dollard then wanted to know how difficult it would be to rezone. Doug Yelk and Chairman Fetterly then explained that it would be the same process. Motion by Stang to remove the deed restriction and there was no second. The motion failed.
  11. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Kennan Crothers. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Kennan Crothers to create eight R-1 residential lots from three existing residential lots consisting of 7.26 acres which are currently zoned RH-2 and R-1A on Manley Drive in the East End Plat in Section 10, Town of Sun Prairie.
    Kennan Crothers presented his revised plan which now had all the lots meeting the square footage requirements but still required a variance for the frontage on the road. Kennan Crothers then expressed his view that his interpretation of the plan would not count his request as part of the 1.2% annual limit on lots.

    There was then lengthy discussion as to the purpose of the language on page 56 of the plan with Judy Stang, Alan Meyer and Blake George stating that their understanding of the paragraph in question was that its whole purpose was to limit growth. Doug Yelk then stated that he still had questions as to the second sentence but that in this case he felt that the proposal falls under the 1.2% limit. Jennifer Deuster-Loesch stated that as she was not part of the planning/drafting process she did not feel that she could speak to the intent behind the language. Chairman Fetterly stated that this was something to be addressed in an amendment and that the Commission could not just change the language. Doug Yelk agreed stating that the Commission needs to clarify the language and go ahead and amend the Plan. Blake George agreed that the plan language needs to be clear so that citizens know what to expect.

    Chairman Fetterly then stated that the lots for the year were already at nine which would not accommodate the present request for five new lots. Chairman Fetterly then asked if there were any objections to Kennan Crothers coming back with the plan in January 2006; there were no objections. Kennan Crothers asked if there were any objections to his plan other than the lot limit; the plan commission members stated that there were none. There was then a brief discussion of possibly not allowing plans with Plat requests until a couple of months into the year so as to prevent the lot limit being met after the first meeting of the year.

  12. Consider suggested language clarification in the Comprehensive Plan. Discussed somewhat in paragraph number 11 above but to be further discussed at the next meeting.
  13. Next Agenda. Given the late time this item was not discussed.
  14. Next Regular Meeting Date. The next regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was set for March 21, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.
  15. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 11:25 p.m.

Submitted for the record,

Jennifer A. Deuster-Loesch, Secretary

Plan Commission Minutes for January 17, 2005

  1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Roger Fetterly. Members present other than Chairman Fetterly were: Jennifer Deuster-Loesch, Alan Meyer, Judy Stang, Carl Williamson and Doug Yelk. One member, Kennan Crothers was absent. Also present was Claudia Quick, Town Clerk.
  2. Public Notice. Notice of the meeting was posted on three town bulletin boards on January 11, 2005 and was mailed to members on the same date.
  3. Minutes Approval. Hearing no objections, Chairman Fetterly approved the minutes of the December 20, 2004 meeting.
  4. Public Comment. There was no public comment.
  5. Public Hearing on Application #9167/Anna Veronica Dollard Family Trust by John Dollard. Chairman Fetterly opened the public hearing to allow comment on application #9167 by John Dollard (representing the Anna Veronica Dollard Family Trust) to rezone a 60.1 acre farm consisting of three parcels from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture into two A-2 Agriculture parcels, one of which consists of 28 acres and another which consists of 32.1 acres, to settle an estate at 4898 Ridge Road in Section 36, Town of Sun Prairie. Two citizens appeared to give public testimony with regards to the tree line on the northern edge of the property in question. The citizens wanted to know whose property the trees were on. John Dollard explained that he did not know and Mr. Birrenkott gave a general explanation as to surveying. After explaining that the ownership of the trees was not something for the plan commission to answer, Chairman Fetterly closed the public hearing.
  6. Action on Application #9167/Anna Veronica Dollard Family Trust by John Dollard. In discussion, various questions where raised on the following items: (1) clarification as to the amount of acreage of the two parcels – divide at the road., (2) specifics of plan to divide the farm – sell Eastside of farm and hold the Westside, and (3) would the parcels be deed restricted to no further development – yes.

    Motion by Stang/Yelk to approve application #9167 by John Dollard (representing the Anna Veronica Dollard Family Trust) to rezone a 60.1 acre farm consisting of three parcels from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture into two A-2 Agriculture parcels, one of which consists of 28 acres and another which consists of 32.1 acres, to settle an estate at 4898 Ridge Road in Section 36, Town of Sun Prairie with the condition that there be deed restrictions for no further residential development. The motion carried with six ayes and one absent.

  7. Public Hearing on Application # 9165/Joan Veith, David Benesh, et al by Jim Lowry. Chairman Fetterly opened the public hearing to allow comment on application # 9165 by Jim Lowry (representing Joan Veith, David Benesh, et al) to create an A-B Agriculture Business parcel of no more than 7 acres from a 22.0 acre A-2 Agriculture parcel for sales, storage and parking associated with organic farming North of Pierceville Road, in Section 35, Town of Sun Prairie. Joan Veith was initially the only party present and she contacted the other parties to inform them that there was a hearing on their application. Jim Lowry arrived after some time. Two citizens, David Grob and Kathy Harry, appeared to give public testimony. Both Mr. Grob and Ms. Harry stated that they did not believe the road could support the additional traffic that a business would generate. Mr. Grob was additionally concerned with what types of activities could be conducted at the proposed Agri-business. The plan commission then explained that the permitted uses were previously limited to only those authorized under Dane County Ordinance, sections 10.121(2) (b), (d), (e) and (f) as follows: (b) sales distribution, mixing, blending and storage of feeds, seeds and fertilizer; (d) processing and preserving of natural agricultural products, fruits and vegetables; (e) sales, service and repair of lawn and garden equipment; and (f) sales and distribution of nursery stock and plants. It was also pointed out that there would also be a deed restriction prohibiting further residential development. Chairman Fetterly then closed the public hearing.
  8. Action on Application # 9165/Joan Veith, David Benesh, et al by Jim Lowry. In discussion, it was suggested that action on the application be tabled in light of the fact that not all of the interested parties were present and that Jim Lowry was not aware that the application was on the evening’s agenda so that he was not prepared.

    Motion by Yelk/Williamson to table action on application # 9165 by Jim Lowry (representing Joan Veith, David Benesh, et al) to create an A-B Agriculture Business parcel of no more than 7 acres from a 22.0 acre A-2 Agriculture parcel for sales, storage and parking associated with organic farming North of Pierceville Road, in Section 35, Town of Sun Prairie with the following conditions: (1) that there be a deed restriction prohibiting further residential development, and (2) limit the permitted uses to only those authorized under Dane County Ordinance, sections 10.121(2) (b), (d), (e) and (f) as follows: (b) sales distribution, mixing, blending and storage of feeds, seeds and fertilizer; (d) processing and preserving of natural agricultural products, fruits and vegetables; (e) sales, service and repair of lawn and garden equipment; and (f) sales and distribution of nursery stock and plants. The motion carried with six ayes and one absent.

  9. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Fred Schuster. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Fred Schuster to rezone approximately 7 acres of a 37 acre farm from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to a subdivision of six R-1 and R-1A lots North of 5824 Prospector Lane in Section 12, Town of Sun Prairie.

    Fred Schuster presented his preliminary plan and answered questions as to his plans (whether or not the land in question typically has standing water, plans for individual driveways and culverts, potential damage to existing road from construction equipment, and the timetable for the plat). Chairman Fetterly distributed the Land Evaluation Analysis of Soil Management Units (LESA) of the subject land. The analysis showed a weighted score of 78.9 which demonstrates productive farmland that normally would dictate against development except that the land in question is in an area designated for potential residential development per the Town’s Comprehensive Plan (see Appendix E subparagraph E subparagraph 2).

    Motion by Yelk/Stang to give preliminary approval to the preliminary plan to rezone approximately 7 acres of a 37 acre farm from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to a subdivision of six R-1 and R-1A lots North of 5824 Prospector Lane in Section 12, Town of Sun Prairie with the following conditions: (1) that a minimum of 14 acres be placed in a conservation easement, (2) that the remainder of the farm be rezoned to A-2 Agriculture, and (3) that there be deed restrictions for no further residential development on the remainder of the farm. The motion carried with six ayes and one absent.

  10. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Yer Yang and Ge Vang. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Yer Yang and Ge Vang to rezone 15 acres from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to the following three residential lots: Lot #1, 9.63 acres, RH-3; Lot #2, 3.11 acres. RH-1; Lot #3, 2.25 acres, RH-1; at 4901 County Highway N in Section 33 Town of Sun Prairie.

    Yer Yang and Ge Vang presented their preliminary plan, with the assistance of Mr. Birrenkott, and handed out a revised plan and answered questions as to the specifics of their plan and their desire to have their family live close to them. The revised plan showed lot #1 with 40,000 sq ft, R-1; lot #2 with 13.0 acres, RH-3; and lot #3 with 40,000 sq ft, R-1. Mr. Birrenkott pointed out that this plan differs from previous plans in that the lot sizes have been reduced and an effort has been made to reduce the impact on prime farmland by for instance creating lots where old barn foundations lay. It was also discussed, that Dane County had approved the proposed driveway access and there was general discussion of the land in question.Chairman Fetterly then distributed the Land Evaluation Analysis of Soil Management Units (LESA) of the subject land. The Analysis was done on the application as originally submitted to the Plan Commission. The analysis for proposed lot #1 showed a score of 65. The analysis for proposed lot #2 also showed a score of 65. The analysis for proposed lot # 3 showed a score of 80.6. The analysis for proposed lot #4 showed a score of 89.3. When the analysis of all the proposed lots was combined the weighted score was 80.5 which demonstrates productive farmland that would dictate against development per the Town’s Comprehensive Plan (see Appendix E subparagraph E subparagraph 2).

    Chairman Fetterly then stated that he did not like the proposed plan because of its effect on prime farmland and because of its location off of Highway N. Other members also concurred. It was then discussed, that the Cottage Grove/Town of Sun Prairie joint ad hoc committee was discussing creating a business corridor that would encompass the land in question. Mr. Birrenkott then expressed his belief that the soil maps used for the LESA analysis were not very accurate and that the process was unfair. Chairman Fetterly then explained the Dane County soil maps were what the Plan Commission had to work with unless Mr. Birrenkott could come up with more accurate maps. Ge Vang then expressed his frustration at his neighbor’s ability to rezone to allow a photography business and his inability to rezone so as to allow space for his family to build homes. Member Stang then suggested that perhaps the proposed plan could be modified to include only the proposed lots with the lower LESA numbers so as not to adversely affect prime farm land. Member Meyer then stated that he did not have a problem with proposed lot 1 (the old foundation) but he did have a problem with proposed lot 3. Much discussion then ensued as to possible modifications of the proposed plan and that perhaps building a duplex on proposed lot 1 would satisfy everyone’s needs and concerns. There was then discussion of the maps in the appendix of the master plan.

    Motion by Stang/Williamson to give preliminary approval to the preliminary plan to rezone from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture the proposed lot 1 as R-3A and to rezone from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture the remainder of the land as A-2 at 4901 County Highway N in Section 33 Town of Sun Prairie with the following conditions: (1) that a minimum of 2 acres be placed in a conservation easement, and that there be deed restrictions for no further residential development. The motion carried with five ayes, one nay, and one absent.

  11. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Kennan Crothers. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Kennan Crothers to create eight R-1 residential lots from three existing residential lots consisting of 7.26 acres which are currently zoned RH-2 and R-1A on Manley Drive in the East End Plat in Section 10, Town of Sun Prairie.

    Cory Crothers presented the preliminary plan on behalf of Kennan Crothers. He distributed addendums A through C and briefly explained the plan and the style of the proposed houses and locations of the garages. He also explained that Kennan Crothers was planning to purchase the acreage from the Church and add additional homes to recoup his expenses on the substantial rain garden that he installed.

    Member Meyer verified that all of the proposed driveways would come off of Manley Drive and asked general questions as to the proposed homes and Manley Drive. The slight bend in Manley Drive was then discussed as being a reason that some of the proposed lots would be less than 40,000 sq. ft. Member Stang stated that a problem with the proposed plan was that the lot sizes of some of the lots was not in accordance with the Plan and that aside from that fact the Town would not be able to rezone 8 parcels due to the annual lot limit. A discussion then ensued as to the proper interpretation of paragraph e on page 56 of the Plan and whether or not the rezoning requested by Mr. Crothers counted toward the annual lot limit. Member Yelk stated that this issue needed to be dealt with as it was going to come up at each meeting. Member Stang stated that she was going to attempt to clarify the language for the next meeting. Cory Crothers expressed Kennan’s desire to hold off on the plan until his return if it was deemed prudent.

    Motion by Williamson/Yelk to table action on the preliminary plan by Kennan Crothers to create eight R-1 residential lots from three existing residential lots consisting of 7.26 acres which are currently zoned RH-2 and R-1A on Manley Drive in the East End Plat in Section 10, Town of Sun Prairie, until the next meeting. The motion carried with six ayes, and one absent.

  12. Next Agenda. It was noted that the following items would most likely be on the agenda: (1) public hearing and action on Kirk Blaska’s application; (2) second public hearing and action on application #8879 [Lowery/Veith/Benesh/Kohn]; (3) preliminary plan of Kennan Crothers; (4) Mr. Steinhoffer; and (5) residents on Bailey Road intending to purchase land from Mr. Thurston.
  13. Next Regular Meeting Date. The next regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was set for February 21, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.
  14. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.

Submitted for the record,

Jennifer A. Deuster-Loesch, Secretary

Plan Commission Minutes for December 20, 2004

  1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Roger Fetterly. Members present other than Chairman Fetterly were: Kennan Crothers, Jennifer Deuster-Loesch, Alan Meyer, Judy Stang and Doug Yelk. One member, Carl Williamson was absent and excused. Also present was Claudia Quick, Town Clerk.
  2. Public Notice. Notice of the meeting was posted on three town bulletin boards on December 14, 2004 and was mailed to members on the same date.
  3. Minutes Approval. Hearing no objections, Chairman Fetterly approved the minutes of the November 15, 2004 meeting.
  4. Public Comment. There was no public comment.
  5. Public Hearing on Application #9130/Ultimate Construction by Scott Foley. Chairman Fetterly opened the public hearing to allow comment on application #9130 by Scott Foley (representing Ultimate Construction, Inc.) to rezone 2.95 acres from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to LC-1, Limited Commercial as a storage facility for equipment, material and supplies for an existing construction business at 5230 Pierceville Road, Section 26, Town of Sun Prairie. No one appeared to give public testimony and Chairman Fetterly closed the public hearing.
  6. Action on Application #9130/Ultimate Construction by Scott Foley. In discussion, various questions where raised on the following items: (1) hours of operation – 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., (2) specifics of planned outside storage – licensed vehicles/trailers once new building complete, (3) restroom facilities – currently port-a-potty with plans for a septic system, (4) electrical supply – adequate, (5) size of new storage building – 80″x100″ with plans to include brickwork, (6) landscaping/screening – plans for fence with landscaping, (7) lighted business sign – plans for brick pillars with spotlight on sign – some residents are bothered by excessive light, and (8) what buildings are to remain on the property – chicken coop and home until they need to be rebuilt. Motion by Stang/Deuster-Loesch to approve application #9130 to rezone 2.95 acres from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to LC-1, Limited Commercial as a storage facility for equipment, material and supplies for an existing construction business at 5230 Pierceville Road, Section 26, Town of Sun Prairie with the following conditions: (1) outside storage is limited to licensed vehicles after 12-31-2006, (2) the hours of operation are limited to 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and (3) the business sign lighting will be limited to the hours of operation. The motion carried with six ayes and one absent.
  7. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Kirk Blaska. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Kirk Blaska represented by Francis Blaska to rezone 1.0 acre from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to A-2 Agriculture to separate by a certified survey map an existing accessory building used for personal storage from a 37.64 acre parcel at 2101 Yelk Road in Section 14, Town of Sun Prairie. Francis Blaska presented the plan and answered questions as to the reasons for his desire to rezone (transfer the land to his son, who put up the accessory building some years prior for his storage needs, so it is no longer on Francis Blaska’s tax bill and so that each child will have received an acre of land from him). Francis Blaska also answered questions as to the layout of the land for the laying of a driveway and culvert as there currently are none. Motion by Yelk/Stang to give preliminary approval to the preliminary plan to rezone 1.0 acre from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to A-2 Agriculture to separate by a certified survey map an existing accessory building used for personal storage from a 37.64 acre parcel at 2101 Yelk Road in Section 14, Town of Sun Prairie with the following conditions: (1) that a driveway and culvert be installed, and (2) that there be a deed restriction for no further residential development. The motion carried with six ayes and one absent.
  8. Consideration and Action on Preliminary Plan by Alden Bosben. Chairman Fetterly commenced discussion on the preliminary plan by Alden Bosben to rezone 1.4 acres of a 61.382 acre parcel from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to RH-1 Rural Home for a single family residence at the south end of JB Farm Road in Section 29, Town of Sun Prairie. Alden Bosben presented his preliminary plan and answered questions as to his plans (the layout of the land, wetness of portion of the land, wooded area on land, driveway would be much shorter than previous plan, home would be situated on an angle, home would abut a town road, home would fit with the residential character of road, and home would not be situated in the middle of productive farm land). Chairman Fetterly distributed the Land Evaluation Analysis of Soil Management Units (LESA) of the subject land. The analysis showed a weighted score of 86.1 which demonstrates productive farmland and dictates against development per the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Appendix E subparagraph E subparagraph 2. There was lengthy discussion as to any other possible solutions given Mr. Bosben’s family and farming ties to the land as well as a review of flood plain maps as well as the location of nearby creeks. In discussion, it was noted that the LESA score does not take into account whether or not soil is too wet too farm as drain tiles can be installed. It was also noted, that in the future this site may be a candidate for designation as an area for potential residential development.Motion by Stang/Yelk to give preliminary approval to the preliminary plan to rezone 1.4 acres of a 61.382 acre parcel from A-1 (Ex) Agriculture to RH-1 Rural Home for a single family residence at the south end of JB Farm Road in Section 29, Town of Sun Prairie with a deed restriction prohibiting further residential development. The motion failed. The roll call vote was as follows: Meyer/Deuster-Loesch/Crothers/Fetterly/Yelk voted Nay while Stang voted Aye and Williamson was absent.
  9. Report on Town Committees.
    Joint Ad Hoc Committee of the Village of Cottage Grove and the Town of Sun Prairie. Doug Yelk reported that things are progressing.

Land Trust Commission. Roger Fetterly reported that the commission has not yet met.
Next Agenda. It was noted that Fred Schuster, Yer Yang, and Kennan Crothers would most likely be on the agenda.

Next Regular Meeting Date. The next regular meeting of the Town of Sun Prairie Plan Commission was set for January 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Submitted for the record,

Jennifer A. Deuster-Loesch, Secretary

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