Town of Oregon
Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
Monday, May 16, 2011
Chairman Weber called the regular plan commission meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. In attendance were Chair Darryl Weber, Tom Wiedenbeck, Andy Blomstrom, David Hagemann, Sharon Christensen and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson. Absent were Paul Morrison and Brian Duffin.
Motion Christensen/Blomstrom seconded to approve the Monday, March 21, 2011 meeting minutes. Motion carries.
Ron Klein called the clerk’s office and said he was not appearing tonight to discuss splits on his family’s property.
Chris Brent, 6160 Sun Valley Parkway, Oregon, appeared to discuss land splits on his property. Mr. Brent meet with Brian Standing last month after being told by the plan commission that no further splits would be allowed. Mr. Brent read a letter from Brian Standing at Dane County and explained that the Town could pursue an amendment to the town comprehensive plan combined with a request for a rezone. Mr. Brent understood from the county that his situation was unique because he is surrounded by residential housing. The plan commission explained the history of the town land use plan and zoning. Mr. Weber doesn’t see anyway to obtain additional splits because the county or state would not approve any changes. The town would be unable to amend the comprehensive plan without losing their certification for farmland preservation. The Farmland Preservation Plan provides tax credits to farmers in the town. The plan commission suggested that Mr. Brent sell his land without a building site available. Land without a building site still has value for farming. The land could also be sold to adjoining property owners. The plan commission suggested Mr. Brent talk with a realtor about selling his land without building rights.
Member Christensen clarified that zoning doesn’t affect a property owner’s ability to sell acres to adjoining landowners.
Chairman Weber asked if the plan commission members would be interested in discussion changes at the TORC due to the loss of the recycling grant. The TORC lost $10,000 this year in funding. The Plan Commission agreed that they would be willing to discuss changes to be made at the TORC. The plan commission discussed ideas of increasing fees or combining forces with the Village. They also discussed the overall operation at the TORC. The TORC will be added to next month’s agenda for further discussion.
Motion Wiedenbeck/Christensen seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:10. Motion carries.