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Feb 05, 2018



Planning Commission – February 5, 2018

Town of Caledonia, Waupaca County, Wisconsin


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

Also present: Paula Pagel, Cindi Bungert, Natalie Snyder


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 January 8, 2018 Planning Commission were approved, 5-0.


Land Division Discussion


Cindi Bungert attended the meeting to discuss her desire to divide a 9 acre parcel into 3 lots of 2 acres, 2 acres, and 5 acres, on High Ridge Lane, a private road with four current private driveways. The County’s current Subdivision Ordinance Sec. 8.07(3)states: “For access servicing one (1) to four (4) lots, every lot shall front or abut on a public road for a distance of at least thirty-three (33) feet owned or by easement [as required in Sec. 8.09(3)], except lots located on a curved street or cul-de-sac which shall front or abut on a road for a distance of at least thirty (30) feet. Each lot shall have legal nonexclusive vehicular access to a public street. Access servicing five (5) or more lots would be defined as a Subdivision as described in Section 2.02(69) or brought up to Town road standards as required by Section 82.50.” Adding three more lots to High Ridge Lane would mean access would serve for five or more lots which would then become a subdivision.


The Waupaca County Planning and Zoning Department is proposing to revise the Subdivision Ordinance by adding the statement: “This requirement may be waived with Town Board approval. These roads will hereby be designated as a Level III Highway.” If the revision is approved, it will not be final until approval by the County Board at its May meeting.


For the Town Board to consider waiving the requirement, High Ridge Lane would need to meet Town road standards. Discussion centered on what is the current standard for a Town road in Caledonia. Paula Pagel will investigate and inform commissioners. There was a concern that the private road must have sufficient space for fire trucks and emergency vehicles to maneuver to ensure public safety for residents. Cindi was not certain of the width of High Ridge Lane nor how it was constructed. It is not paved, and there are no plans to do so. She will measure the road and email the dimensions and road specifications to Marv.


Official Email Accounts for Planning Commission Members


Town clerk Natalie Snyder explained the Town Board’s plan to have elected and appointed officials, including the Planning Commission, use official email accounts, not personal email. Additionally the plan includes commissioners storing documents in a shared Google drive. The rationale is this plan creates continuity of communication methods and record keeping when there is a change in officials, and it simplifies public records requests. There will be a separate email address for each commissioner such as Caledonia PC Natalie will set up the accounts, Google drive, and train commissioners.


Memorial Consideration


Commissioners continued their discussion of donating to a fund to create a memorial in the community park in memory of past Planning Commission recording secretary and community leader Webb Shaw. Donations will be collected through the end of April. The town treasurer will segregate the funds; and the Community Enhancement Committee, in collaboration with Katie Shaw, will determine their use.


Process for Proposed Modification of Town’s Preferred Land Use Map

Commissioners continued their discussion of the proposed changes to the town’s preferred land use map. Marv brought the December 2017 version of the proposed Town of Caledonia land use map as well as a large current zoning map, which differed from the maps commissioners currently have that is marked “preliminary.” Using the Waupaca County Land Records Viewer ( , commissioners viewed several small (under 5 acre) irregularly shaped parcels and agreed that each should be designated agriculture, not rural residential. At the March meeting, commissioners will work systematically through the December 2017 proposed land use map to determine their accurate designation for the next version of the preferred land use map. Additionally, commissioners will determine which areas currently designated as Hamlet on the preferred use map should be considered residential and those to be labeled commercial.


Comprehensive Plan Discussion

Later this spring, commissioners will begin work on revision of Chapter 4 of the town’s comprehensive plan.


The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.


Action Items from the March meeting

  • Commissioners will use the Waupaca County Land Records Viewer and a large plat map to determine whether small, irregular (less than 5 acre) parcels should be designated as a residential district or an agricultural district.
  • Commissioners will review parcels in the proposed preferred land use map designated Hamlet (Readfield) to determine areas to be designated residential and commercial.
  • Vice-chairman Gruetzmacher will be in touch with Ryan Brown to confirm his attendance at the March 12th meeting. He will bring a proposal for the Woodland Hills subdivision, part II. 
  • Commissioners should review chapter 4 of the Comprehensive Plan in preparation for discussion during an upcoming meeting.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


Helen R. Adams, Recording Secretary          


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