Town of Oregon
Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
Monday, February 21, 2011
Chairman Weber called the regular plan commission meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. In attendance were Chair Darryl Weber, Paul Morrison, David Hagemann, Brian Duffin, Sharon Christensen and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson. Absent were Andy Blomstrom and Tom Wiedenbeck.
Motion Duffin/Hagemann seconded to approve the Monday, December 13, 2010 meeting minutes. Motion carries.
Pat Runde, 18 Ethan Circle, Madison, WI 53719 appeared to discuss the options for selling 62 acres of land he owns in the Town of Oregon. The land is located at the end of Wilderness Way, off of Bellbrook Road, in section 33. Mr. Runde purchased 120 acres in 1971 and developed the Bellwood Hills subdivision. Mr. Runde has two non-farm residential building sites available. Mr. Runde owns 66 feet of land between Jeffrey Bartig at 277 Wilderness Way and Jim Leverance at 266 Wilderness. This land was intended as continuation of Wilderness Way road. There is also additional land on the top of the hill near the Kutz property at 286 Wilderness Way. Mr. Runde doesn’t think he would be able to put a building site on this land because there is only a small narrow road and there wouldn’t be enough room for a 66 foot driveway. There is an easement that runs with the land to ensure farm equipment would be able to access the field, but the easement would terminate 90 days after a building is built. Chairman Weber suggested that the most appropriate location for the building sites would be off Wilderness Way because this would not affect the good cropland. Jerry Jensen confirmed that a building site on a cul-de-sac would only require 33 feet of road frontage. The Plan Commission discussed that Mr. Runde may want to market the property with many different variations, such as sell the entire property as 62 acres with the two building sites or sell portions of land to adjoining landowners and retain the two buildable sites. Land sold to adjoining landowners would be deed restricted that additional building sites would not be available. The land at the top of the hill is 6 to 7 acres and could be a buildable site if a shared driveway agreement was made with the owner of 286 Wilderness Way. Mr. Runde thanked the board and plans to contact adjoining landowners.
Mr. Jensen, 869 Glenway, appeared to discuss a 1.54 acre cemetery that is recorded on his property. The headstones for the cemetery were removed in the 1930’s and the land had been used as a feedlot. The Dane County surveyor did some research and found out that the cemetery was once owned by the 1stEpsicopal Church of Stoughton. Mr. Jensen said that ownership of an abandoned cemetery would revert back to the town. To fix this problem, Mr. Jensen would like to request that the town sign a quitclaim deed to remove the cemetery exception from the property. Chairman Weber agrees the land should go back to the original farmstead and doesn’t see any opposition from the current board.
The plan has been approved by the County.
Deputy Clerk Hanson informed the board that the Town Ordinances need to be updated. The plan commission recommends getting an estimate on the cost of updating the ordinances.
There were no communications.
Motion Hagemann/Morrison seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:20. Motion carries.