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Mar 17, 2015
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 Town of Oregon 

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015



1.         Call Planning Commission meeting to order.

Chair Weber called the Planning Commission Regular Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. 

Present:  Darryl Weber, Paul Morrison, Tom Wiedenbeck, Andy Blomstrom, Dave Hagemann, Brian Duffin, Sharon Christensen and Deputy Clerk Jennifer Hanson. 

Also present: Town Board Supervisor Steve Root and Pat Hermsen, 5375 Netherwood Rd.


2.         Approval of minutes from the last meeting.

Duffin moved, seconded by Christensen to approve Planning Commission Regular Meeting Minutes from 02-17-15.  Motion carried 7-0.


3.         Public Comments.

a.       Pat Hermsen, 5375 Netherwood Rd., conservation easement

Pat Hermsen owns 70 acres on Netherwood Road and would like to pursue a conservation easement for his property.  He and his wife have enjoyed the property and don’t want to see it developed.  The Hermsen’s are not looking to create a park now, but maybe after their death.  Currently 35 acres of the property is in the managed forest land program and the other land is in conservation reserve program and hayfield.  Duffin mentioned that the Village of Oregon has extraterritorial zoning over the property.  The commission discussed the authority of the village.  Pat is not looking for money in exchange for the property.  He has talked with the Heritage Land Trust and they will assist if all parties are in agreement.  The plan commission would like to have a discussion with Heritage Land Trust about the town’s responsibilities to pursue a conservation easement.  Pat will let the office staff know if Heritage Land Trust is available to attend the next Plan Commission meeting.  The next plan commission meeting is rescheduled to Tuesday, April 28, 2015 due to the Annual Town Board.


4.         Discussion and possible Action re: Review of town ordinances.

The members discussed changes to the current town ordinances.


Chapter 6.15 Solid Waste Disposal.  6.15.030 Sticker identification system. 

The stickers have been eliminated by the town.  Sheldon Tachon has submitted notes on fee clarification for items bought to the TORC.  The commission discussed having an updated fee schedule ready for January 1, 2016.  The members discussed charging a fee for gas grills, but decided to not charge due to the ability to recycle the metal pieces.


Chapter 6.10 Collection, Dumping and Disposal of Garbage, Rubbish, Refuse and Recycling Materials.

Under 6.10.040 Town of Oregon Recycling Center (TORC), remove the sentence, “Uncovered loads will be refused at the TORC.”  Under 6.10.060(g) add wording to the sentence to read, “Waste oil shall be from motor vehicles, free of contaminants, and in a tightly sealed, non-leaking containers and deposited in the waste oil tank.”


Chapter 7.20 Mobile Homes.

The mobile homes ordinance can be left as is.  The office staff will include any fees in the fee schedule to be approved by Town Board resolution. 


10.05.090 Nonresidential site plan review.

Under 10.05.090(2)(B), change “shall” to “may.”  The members eliminated Norway maple under the Unsuitable Species.   


Chapter 10.15 Addition of Land to the Town of Oregon, Dane County

No changes.  


The members discussed increasing the impact fee, which was previously referred to as the park fee.  The impact fee is imposed when creating a buildable lot.  The fee would be increased from $600 to $1,000.  The impact fees were used toward the bike path contribution.  There was discussion about the town’s total contribution to the Village of Oregon bike path.  The Town of Oregon contributed a total of $18,000 to the Village of Oregon bike path by a unanimous decision of the town board at the November 5, 2013 meeting. 


5.         Discussion and possible Action re: TORC procedure.

There are no updates on the TORC.


6.         Change the date of the April Plan Commission meeting due to conflict with Annual Meeting.

The next plan commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th due to a conflict with the Annual Meeting.


7.         Update on Anderson Park.

Steve Root reported that they were successful at maple tapping at the Anderson Park.


8.         Communications.

There was no communications.


9.         Adjournment.

Duffin moved, seconded by Wiedenbeck to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m.  Motion carried 7-0.



Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer Hanson

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