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Sep 11, 2017


Planning Commission – September 11, 2017

Town of Caledonia, Waupaca County, Wisconsin


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

Excused: Kim Miller

Also present: Paula Pagel,Town Chairperson. Jessica Beckendorf, Ryan Brown, Vance Knuth, Kaitlyn Hansen, Chris Hansen, Pat Lewis, and Roger Steinberg.


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 4-0. Because approval of the August minutes did not appear on the agenda, action on the minutes was deferred until the October meeting.


Comprehensive Plan Discussion and Review

Ryan Brown, director of the Waupaca County Planning and Zoning Department, proposed a change to the preferred land use map. The preferred land use/zoning districts will be reduced from 13 to 5 general districts: agriculture, residential, commercial, industrial, and public/institutional. This will allow residents and commissioners more flexibility in land division decisions rather than, in some cases, requiring both rezoning and a change in the comprehensive plan. Brown will create a sample preferred use map for the Town of Caledonia displaying the 5 general district areas. Because commissioners are currently working on updating the town’s comprehensive plan, this is an appropriate time to make adjustments as needed to boundaries in the general preferred land use districts on the new preferred land use map.


Brown further explained that his office is in the process of fixing a mistake made in 2007-2008. There are no preferred land use/zoning districts under the areas designated as Resource Protection (RP). Brown showed a list of the RP areas that are not fully wetlands. Property owners on the list will be invited to a public meeting for an explanation and to initiate the process to determine the zoning for the land that is not 100 percent wetland. There will be no adverse effect on property taxes, but the land that is rezoned will have development rights. Even if the property is not buildable, development rights can be transferred to contiguous lands.


Jessica Beckendorf, Waupaca County UW-Extension Community Development Educator, reported that many residents had returned their completed comprehensive plan revision surveys to her office. Jessica offered to pick up returned surveys in batches of 15-20 as she travels through the township on her way home.


Jessica inquired about commissioners’ progress on updating the comprehensive plan. Marv explained that commissioners had been reviewing tables and figures in chapter 2, analyzing data for changes, and revising the plan’s text. He expressed the opinion that not all tables and figures had been revised with new data giving the example of Figure 2-4. Jessica agreed and offered to find newer data, if available, for tables and figures if commissioners send her a list of those for which current information is insufficient.


The discussion then turned to finding a more efficient process for analysis of the data projections and revision of the text. She suggested that several persons should discuss sections, draft text and during monthly Planning Commission meetings, project the proposed text and edit until consensus is reached.


Conditional Use Permit (Horses): Kaitlyn Keehn Hansen

Kaitlyn Keehn Hansen and Chris Hansen, whose 5 acre parcel is zoned rural residential, sought a recommendation of approval to the Town Board for a conditional use permit for 2 horses. Kaitlyn’s documentation included photos of the property, plans for a potential pasture area and fencing, setbacks from lot lines, a roofed three-sided shelter, and a plan for manure management. The application meets the Waupaca County ordinance of a minimum of 2 acres per horse and a future roofed shelter. After discussion, Helen Adams moved to recommend to the Town Board approval of the CUP with the following conditions: 1) adequate pasture for the horses, 2) construction of a three-sided roofed shelter accessible to the animals at all times, and 3) a plan for composting the horse manure. Ivan Gruetzmacher seconded. Motion approved 4-0. The CUP application will be considered by the Town Board at its September 18th meeting. Kaitlyn was advised to contact her neighbors prior to the county’s public hearing on the CUP. She was further advised that she will need a both a land use permit and a building permit for the horse shelter. Commissioners noted that Kaitlyn’s CUP application was excellent and should be considered a model for future horse conditional use permit applications.


Land Use Permit/Conditional Use Permit (Commercial Animal Facility-Dogs): Pat Lewis

Pat Lewis, residing at N529 Klemp Road, described her plan to breed and raise puppies at her commercial animal facility. It was noted that she needs a state license, land use permit, and a conditional use permit. To begin the process, she will bring a completed land use permit application to the Planning Commission’s October meeting.


Land Division/Sale: Roger Steinberg

Roger Steinberg explained that he wants to sell a 1.2 acre lot on Seefeld Road. After discussion, it was determined that the lot was created before the town had a 2 acre minimum lot size; therefore, the lot is grandfathered and not subject to the 2 acre minimum.


Caledonia Fest Survey Data Collection

In an effort to encourage the completion of thePlanning Commission’s comprehensive plan survey, commissioners and town board volunteers Vance Knuth and Bill Abba will set up a survey completion station for residents in the community center during Caledonia Fest on Saturday, September 16th. Printed copies and computers for online survey completion will be available from noon to 4:00 pm.


The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.


Action Items from the September meeting

  • Commissioners will create a more efficient comprehensive plan revision process that may include meeting outside of their monthly meetings.
  • As commissioners review the town’s comprehensive plan, they will send requests for updated data in tables and figures to Jessica Beckendorf who will attempt to obtain additional information.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


Helen R. Adams, Recording Secretary          


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