Town of Oregon
Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 18, 2013
1. Call Plan Commission meeting to order.
Town of Oregon Plan Commission Chair Weber called the Plan Commission meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013. In attendance were Darryl Weber, Tom Wiedenbeck, Andy Blomstrom, Dave Hagemann, Brian Duffin, Sharon Christensen and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson. Absent was Paul Morrison.
2. Approval of minutes from the last meeting.
Motion made by Duffin and seconded by Christensen to approve January 21, 2013 meeting minutes. There was no meeting held in February. Motion carries.
3. Public Comments.
a. Possible Appearance by Nate Hegg, regarding landscaping business at 5185 Lincoln Rd.
Nate Hegg, 866 Ashworth Drive, appeared to discuss purchasing the property at 5185 Lincoln Rd. to operate his landscaping business, Robin Hill Landscaping. The current zoning is LC-1 and fits the needs of his business. Currently the driveway is shared with the Village of Oregon for access to the water tower. The Village no longer wants to share a driveway and is requesting a separate driveway. He plans to re-do the inside of the building by adding a concrete floor and well & septic. He doesn’t plan to build a home for quite sometime, however he may request to move the RH zoning farther back away from the road. The property is around 9 acres that includes 4.6 acres in the front and 4.5 acres in the back. The Village of Oregon does have the power to issue a driveway permit on Lincoln Road under the Bergamont Lincoln Road Agreement between the Village and the Town. Mr. Hegg also asked about the requirements for installing a sign. Mr. Hegg will discuss the driveway with the Village.
Dave Frankson, 875 Hillcrest Lane, appeared to discuss having land he owns on Hillcrest Lane assessed as agricultural. Mr. Frankson and Greg Hann from Hann Christmas Tree Farm have entered into an agricultural lease. Mr. Frankson asked if he needs to change the zoning of the property. Mr. Blomstrom explained that the zoning doesn’t matter, but the assessment will be based on the property usage and filing of a Farm Income Statement. The assessment will be based upon the condition of the land as of January 1st. Any changes will take place as of January 1, 2014.
Mark O’brien, 552 Glenway Road, appeared to discuss purchasing land from adjoining neighbor’s Bill Krajco, Robert Halbleib, and Joanne Huston. He discussed purchasing part of their properties and rezoning the remaining acreage. The plan commission doesn’t see any issues with the rezoning of properties.
4. Discussion and possible recommendation to the Town Board re: Dane County Ordinance No. 42, 2012-13, Regarding the Siting of Wind Energy Systems.
The plan commission discussed the ordinance and felt that it was important for the state to control the requirements for the setbacks of wind towers. Motion made by Blomstrom and seconded by Wiedenbeck to recommend approval to the Town Board Dane County Ordinance No. 42, 2012-13, Regarding the Siting of Wind Energy Systems. Motion carries.
5. Discussion and possible Action re: Alliant tree planting on Netherwood Rd.
This spring Alliant Energy will be forwarding money to the town to be used to replanting trees along Netherwood Road. Betty Kluever was in attendance to make sure the trees get planted. Mr. Blomstrom discussed forming a citizens committee for planting and taking care of the trees. The group will draft a proposal for the location and type of trees to be used. Jay Gould from Winterland Nursery is willing to help with the cost of the trees. Alliant Energy has a list of the types that can be used under power lines.
6. Discussion and possible Action re: Changing the future dates of plan commission meetings.
The plan commission discussed changing the date of the meeting from the third Monday of the month to the third Tuesday of the month. Due to the changing of the town Annual meeting to the third Tuesday of April, the change will take affect in May 2013. Motion made by Hagemann and seconded by Wiedenbeck to recommend approval to the Town Board to change the meeting date from the third Monday of the month to the third Tuesday of the month. Motion carries.
7. Discussion and possible Action re: TORC procedures.
Darryl Weber mentioned that the TORC may replace some signs.
8. Discussion and possible Action re: Town’s Submittal Application for Land Division, Rezones, and CUP.
This agenda item was tabled to next month.
Andrew Blomstrom talked about the future bike path the Village is building through the Town of Oregon.
Brian Duffin shared his experience at the Dane County Zoning Committee meeting discussing the Comp Plan Amendment. Bollig moved to approve the amendment, Hendrick recommended that the amendment should be postponed until the 5 year review and the motion failed for lack of a second.
Motion made by Hagemann and seconded by Christensen to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Motion carries.