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Apr 15, 2013
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  Town of Oregon

Plan Commission Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 15, 2013


1.                  Open Public Hearing:

Town of Oregon Plan Commission Chair Weber opened the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April15, 2013.  In attendance were Darryl Weber, Tom Wiedenbeck, Dave Hagemann, Brian Duffin, Sharon Christensen, Andy Blomstrom and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson.  Absent was Paul Morrison.

a.      Conditional Use Permit Application; Petition # N/A; Parcel # 0509-252-9300-7.  The request is to obtain a conditional use permit to use permit to use barn and garage for woodworking and upholstery business.  The property is zoned A-2(4).  The property is located at 4980 Tony Lane, Brooklyn, WI  53521.  Petitioner and Owner are Richard & Angela Tipple, 4980 Tony Lane, Brooklyn, WI  53521.

Richard and Angela Tipple, 4980 Tony Lane, appeared to discuss obtaining a conditional use permit on their property to manufacture chiropractic equipment, upholstery and woodworking.  They previously had a conditional use permit on the property from 1991 to 1999, but moved their manufacturing shop to Oregon and also operated a banjo business.  Last year they closed the banjo business and now want to move the manufacturing back to their home.  They won’t have much traffic or customers as the sales are done over the internet and telephone.  There will be a few deliveries from UPS or FedEx. 

2.                  Close Public Hearing.

Weber closed the public hearing at 6:35 p.m.

3.                  Call Plan Commission meeting to order.

Weber called the Plan Commission meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

4.                  Discussion and possible Recommendation to the Town Board.

a.      Conditional Use Permit Application; Petition # N/A; Parcel # 0509-252-9300-7.

Duffin clarified that the manufacturing work was being done in an accessory building on the property which requires a conditional use permit, but would not require a rezone to commercial zoning.  The plan commission reviewed the commercial rezone documents from the Morrison rezone.  There was discussion on whether or not the original conditional use permit was terminated or still existed.  The Tipples were contacted by the county a few years ago and they indicated the work was no longer been done on the property.  The plan commission doesn’t have any issues with the conditional use permit application.  The Tipples were asked to contact Brian Standing at Dane County for further instructions on applying with the county.  The Tipples clarified that they are making specific equipment for doctors, but there is not really retail sales as the equipment is shipped to the customers.  Motion made by Duffin and seconded by Christensen to recommend approval to the Town Board for Conditional Use Permit Application at 4980 Tony Lane with the following conditions:

  1. Retail and services uses, not including grocery store, drug stores or other high traffic facilities.
  2. Warehousing and storage incidental to the permitted use.
  3. Woodworking shops, machine shops, manufacturing and assembly plants.
  4. Woodworking and retail sales including chiropractic equipment and upholstery.

Motion carries.              

5.                  Approval of minutes from the last meeting.

Motion made by Duffin and seconded by Wiedenbeck to approve March 18, 2013 meeting minutes.  Motion carries.             

6.                  Public Comments.

a.         Possible Appearance by Jim Purdin regarding business condominium on Union Rd.

Jim Purdin, 899 Katie Lane, appeared to bring the plan commission up to date on his plan to build commercial condominium units on Union Road.  Mr. Purdin presented the site plan and floor plan of the proposed buildings.  The site plan lays out how the three building will be placed on the lot.  The back building, Unit 1, would be owned by Mr. Purdin and the other two building, Units 2 & 3 would be owned by others.  All the building would look very similar to each other.  However, Unit 1 would be slightly larger and customized for Mr. Purdin’s specific use.  After the land survey and engineering input, the current site plan would need to be flipped and the buildings would be moved to the other side of the lot.  This would put the buildings on the higher side of the lot and the driveway would run along the north side of the property line.  The current driveway would need to be moved down 60 feet.  Mr. Purdin is still consulting on where to place the septic system, but the preferred location is on the high side.  Mr. Purdin’s objective with this project is to get some equity out of the land.  He hopes to find other hobbyists like himself to purchase the other two buildings.  Mr. Purdin would like to start construction on his building this summer, but the other building wouldn’t be built until owners are found.  The condominium documents are being drafted.  There would be six bathrooms between the three buildings that share a common well.  Parking will be limited to 2 employees.  There will not be a storm water permit required because it is a small lot.  He will obtain an erosion control permit and zoning control permit before getting a building permit from the town.  Duffin requested that he narrow down the scope of permitted uses and contact the Village of Oregon because it is within the extraterritorial zoning.  Mr. Purdin will continue progressing with project and will be back later to make a formal presentation.


Susan Carlisle, 592 Hillcrest Lane, appeared to request a Horse Crossing sign be installed on Hillcrest Road to alert traffic that she is taking her horses across the street to ride them.  The plan commission doesn’t feel that signage will help.  The plan commission suggested walking the horses further down the road and crossing at the flat land.  Susan plans to inform neighbors that they are walking horses across the street by distributing flyers.           

7.                  Discussion and possible Action re: Alliant tree planting on Netherwood Rd.

The town is waiting for the stumps to be removed and getting the land leveled off by Alliant.  They are not making much progress due to the weather.         

8.                  Discussion and possible Action re: Changing the future dates of plan commission meetings.

The plan commission already discussed moving the plan commission meetings to the second Tuesday of the month.  The date of the next plan commission meeting is Tuesday, May 21.             

9.                  Discussion and possible Action re: TORC procedures.

The TORC will be opening on Wednesdays starting May 1, 2013.  Ken asked if there could be two people staffed on Wednesdays instead of just one person.  The plan commission discussed several options to get another person for coverage or using the public works employees.  Otherwise the TORC could close on Wednesdays.  The town is still looking for additional TORC employees. 

10.              Discussion and possible Action re: Town’s Submittal Application for Land Division, Rezones, and CUP.

This agenda item was tabled to next month.

11.              Communications.

The Plan Commission discussed the April election.  Duffin wanted to compliment the snow plow crew on doing a great job this winter.   

12.              Adjournment.

Motion made by Christensen and seconded by Duffin to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.  Motion carries.


Respectfully submitted,



Jennifer Hanson







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