Town of Oregon
Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
1. Open Public Hearing:
Town of Oregon Plan Commission Chair Weber opened the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 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. Town Board Supervisor Wayne Ace was present. Also in attendance were Kim Olson & Anthony Wagner, 4838 Oregon Trail, Oregon, WI.
a. Conditional Use Permit (CUP); Petition # DCPCUP-2013-02253; Parcel # 0509-241-8690-1. The request is from AT&T to build a telecommunications facility at 783 County Highway MM. AT&T will lease a 2500 square foot premise located at the site, build a 322 foot equipment shelter, construct a 150’ monopole tower with 12 antennas at the 150 foot level of the tower and add associated equipment to the facility. The property is zoned A-2 and will not need to be rezoned. Applicant is AT&T Mobility, 1515 E. Woodfield Rd., Suite 860, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Owner is Reindahl Stone, Inc., 783 Hwy MM, PO Box 96 Oregon, WI 53575.
Jim Jermain, Regional Vice President External Affairs of AT&T, appeared to present a proposal for the construction of a 150’ monopole at Reindahl Stone, 783 County Highway MM, Oregon, WI. The company believes this is a good location because it is sheltered from the road and will provide good coverage to this area. Mr. Jermain said a report recently stated that over 50% of the country rely on cellphones as their sole or primary communication device. The company is interested in investing in this community and see an opportunity to improve coverage. Weber questioned if the tower would be structurally sound to handle additional carriers. Mr. Jermain said the tower would be built to have space for two other carriers below the AT&T antennas on top. Weber asked if the tower could be expanded if other carriers wanted their antennas higher. The town is concerned about having multiple towers in the area rather than one centrally located tower that can serve the needs of multiple carriers. Mr. Jermain doesn’t know if the tower could be built taller. He said the preference of most cellular carriers is to co-locate onto existing towers because it is less costly. State law requires that a carrier co-locate onto an existing tower as their first option or attest to why that is not possible. AT&T will place the tower in the best location to minimize the view, but maximize the coverage. AT&T will be renting the property from Reindahl Stone for a significant period of time. The proposed building will be owned by AT&T to house the radio equipment. Mr. Jermain reported that 150 feet is the standard height of a monopole tower and the carriers below AT&T antennas will still have a usable signal. AT&T wants other carriers to attach to this tower because it helps offset the cost of the tower.
Anthony Wagner, 4838 Oregon Trail, asked if the tower would bring any other services to the community. Mr. Jermains said the tower will have 3G, 4G and LTE capability, but will not have U-Verse as that is over fiber optics. It is possible that AT&T would offer Digital Life, a home security & automation system. Mr. Jermain is not aware of any other carriers interested in attaching to this tower as usually carriers are not interested until the tower is completely built.
Mitchell Sigmund, 5582 Sheil Drive, asked if there is a drop in coverage for the other carriers at a lower height of the tower. Mr. Jermain said that there are computer program that will analyze this information and propagation maps will give the best prediction of signal strength and coverage.
Kim Olson, 4838 Oregon Trail, asked what the elevation was of the tower. Mr. Jermain said the elevation is 1,000 above sea level and the fencing is 15 feet above where the tower is going.
Mr. Wagner asked if there was an umbrella effect with coverage. Mr. Jermain said that the antennas are set up to disburse in a cone shape pattern, so there will be a little bit of an umbrella effect where there won’t be coverage right underneath the tower. AT&T will angle the antennas to achieve the best coverage. The tower will have 4 antennas per face and there are 3 faces. The different antennas are the different frequencies that AT&T uses such as 3G, 4G and LTE. This tower will not interfere with other carrier services in the area. AT&T must file a permit with the FCC which is very specific as to what frequency they may use. This tower will cover an area within a couple mile range. There was further discussion of the propagation map.
b. Rezone Application; Petition # DCPREZ-2013-10632; Parcel # 0509-164-6023-6 & 0509-164-6034-3. The request is to rezone property from R-1 to R-3 to obtain a less restrictive setback to the rear lot line. The homeowner would like to accommodate a shed behind the garage. Applicant is Mitchell & Laurie Sigmund, 5582 Sheil Drive, Oregon, WI 53575. Owner is Mitchell & Laurie, 5582 Sheil Drive, Oregon, WI 53575.
Mitchell Sigmund, 5582 Sheil Drive, would like to rezone his property from R-1 to R-3 to accommodate a shed he constructed behind his garage and allow for future expansion of his home. Mr. Sigmund replaced a shed damaged by a tree branch, however he moved the location of the shed to directly behind the garage. The new location has a 52 foot setback from the rear lot line. The R-3 zoning would allow for a 25 foot setback versus a 50 foot setback in R-1 zoning. The original placement of the home on the lot only allows for future expansion in the rear of the home due to placement of the septic system.
2. Close Public Hearing.
Chairman Weber closed the public hearing at 6:50 p.m.
3. Call Plan Commission meeting to order.
Chairman Weber called the plan commission meeting to order at 6:50 p.m.
4. Discussion and possible Recommendation to the Town Board:
a. Conditional Use Permit (CUP); Petition # DCPCUP-2013-02253; Parcel # 0509-241-8690-1.
Chairman Weber asked the plan commission members for their comments and questions on the request. Wiedenbeck commented that the location would be ideal because there would be nothing to hit if the tower were to fall over. Mr. Jermain said the tower is designed to collapse on top of itself. He also confirmed that there will not be a light on top of this tower. There was discussion on the close proximity of the tower to the Brooklyn airport. Christensen questioned the number of cell towers within a 4 mile radius. Mr. Jermain said that the number of towers needed depends on the environment and demand for services. Duffin asked about the size of the building because the county allows for a 314 square foot building and the application states the building is 322 square feet. Motion made by Duffin and seconded by Hagemann to approve the Conditional Use Permit; Petition # DCPCUP-2013-02253; Parcel # 0509-241-8690-1. Motion carries.
b. Rezone Application; Petition # DCPREZ-2013-10632; Parcel # 0509-164-6023-6 & 0509-164-6034-3.
The plan commission discussed the location and size of the newly constructed shed. Christensen mentioned the difficulty of selling properties because of inconsistent zoning. Mr. Sigmund has made contact with Dane County for their approval. The town has approved similar requests in the past. The shed is 8 X 22. Motion made by Blomstrom and seconded by Duffin to approve the Rezone Application; Petition # DCPREZ-2013-10632; Parcel # 0509-164-6023-6 & 0509-164-6034-3. Motion carries.
5. Approval of minutes from the last meeting.
Motion made by Wiedenbeck and seconded by Christensen to approve the October 15, 2013 meeting minutes. Motion carries.
6. Public Comments.
Chris Fink, 904 County Highway MM, appeared to obtain a copy of Ordinance 9.2.14 due to a noise complaint by a neighborhood. The plan commission discussed the possible speed limit reduction on Lincoln Road by the Village of Oregon. The town was not consulted on the possible speed reduction. They discussed the agreement between the Village and the Town which made the Village responsible for Lincoln Road until the build out of the Bergamont subdivision. The plan commission also discussed the bike path in the Village of Oregon that will also go through part of the township.
7. Discussion and possible Action re: TORC procedures.
Hagemann said the TORC staff reported seeing a larger than normal amount of brush last week.
8. Discussion and possible Action re: Application for Land Use Change.
Hanson presented an updated copy of the Application for Land Use Change. The board discussed the fee for Nonresidential Site Plan Review when it was passed in 2005. The board agreed to start enforcing a Nonresidential Site Plan Review Application fee of $100 starting January 1, 2014. Hagemann would like to see a question asking for the # of splits available on the application for land change. The plan commission also discussed the density study that can be requested from Dane County that determines the number of land splits available.
9. Update on Anderson Park.
Hagemann said the snowmobile club is moving the snowmobile trail in Anderson Park. Hanson reported that Jerry Bollig stopped into the office to inform the town that Dane County is hiring a part-time park manager for Anderson Park.
There were no communications.
Motion made by Hagemann seconded by Wiedenbeck to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m. Motion carries.