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Jul 10, 2017




Planning Commission – July 10, 2017

Town of Caledonia, Waupaca County, Wisconsin


Commissioners present: Helen Adams, Bill Fitzpatrick, Ivan Gruetzmacher, Kim Miller, Marvin Schneider

Also present: Paula Pagel,Town Chairperson, Susan Schmidt


Chairperson Marvin Schneider called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. and noted that the required public notice for the meeting was posted. The agenda was approved 5-0. The minutes of the June 5, 2017 Planning Commission were approved, 5-0.


Schmidt Land Division Request/Discussion

Susan Schmidt wants to subdivide a parcel of land to create a new 2 acre parcel. The land is on Oz Lane, a private road created in 2001 and located off County Highway W. The parcel has no access to a public road and can only be reached via Oz Lane, which gives access to the residence of Susan Schmidt, and two other homes (Michael Senn and Julye Meyer) and Joseph and Melissa Kluck).


To create the new parcel, she must meet the conditions cited in the Town’s land division ordinance. It currently states in Section 10 (1): “All parcels, outlots, or lots shall have a frontage on a public street or public road.” Section 7 (F.) further states: “If a land division occurs on a private road, the seller must inform the buyer that the road is not a public road and who is responsible for road maintenance. When new land division occurs on, or creates a private road, the private road must meet public road specifications.”


Commissioners discussed what is needed to bring Oz Lane to public road specifications (66 foot width divided into 22 feet road base, three foot shoulders, plus ditches). Various potential solutions were also considered, but commissioners were reluctant to create a variance. It would set a precedent, and sufficient private road width is necessary for access by emergency vehicles.


Schmidt believes that Oz Lane was created as an easement, but it is uncertain if only she owns the easement or if owners of other two residences on the private road also have the easement listed on their deeds. Accurate information about the easement is necessary for determining potential options.


Review Comprehensive Plan Survey Questions

After entering the community survey questions into the UW-Extension survey software, Jessica Beckendorf, sent them to commissioners for review. Commissioners discussed changes to reduce the length of the survey, and Helen Adams will make the revisions based on the discussion. The revised survey will be sent to Jessica for updating, and commissioners will make a final review at their August 7 meeting.


Commissioners discussed whether a paper copy of the survey should be mailed to everyone, but this would require UW-Extension staff to enter all data. Another discussion focused on how residents who want to complete the survey online would know the location or when the survey is “live.” A date for release of the survey and follow-up messaging to ensure sufficient feedback was also discussed.


When Paula Pagel receives a final copy of the survey in digital form, she will have it printed at Bower Printing in Appleton.


Comprehensive Plan Review of Chapter 2

There was insufficient time for commissioners to continue analyzing tables and creating revised text in chapter 2 of the Comprehensive Plan. The work will continue at the August meeting. 


New Business

Paula Pagel asked about the effectiveness of the training for planning commission members sponsored by the Center for Land Use Education/UW-Extension on June 6th and the Waupaca County Planning and Zoning staff on June 8th. Those who attended found it very worthwhile. It was noted that one important new piece of information is that a land use permit is required for any structure built or moved onto property that will remain for more than 30 days.


The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.


Action Items for the August meeting

  • Marv Schneider will research the Waupaca County Land Division Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance to determine the width of a road for access from a lot to a public road.
  • Beginning with Figure 2.2, page 2-5, each commissioner will continue the review of the Chapter 2 updated tables from the Caledonia Comprehensive Plan, look for important changes, and bring points for discussion at the next meeting. During the meeting, commissioners will create updated paragraphs to correspond with each table.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


Helen R. Adams, Recording Secretary          


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