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Sep 15, 2015
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 Town of Oregon 

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


1.         Call Planning Commission meeting to order.

Chairman Brian Duffin called the Planning Commission Regular Meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. 

Members present:  Tom Wiedenbeck, Andy Blomstrom, Dave Hagemann, Brian Duffin, Arlan Kay and Sharon Christensen.  Absent:  Paul Morrison. 

Also present:  Town Board Supervisors Fred Clark and Steve Root, Bill Buglass from Payne & Dolan and Deputy Clerk Jennifer Hanson.


2.         Approval of minutes from the last meeting.

Motion by Hagemann to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 18, 2015.  Seconded by Christensen.  Motion carried 6-0.


3.         Public Comments.

a.       Susan Krebsbach, 1000 Wesley Road – possible conservation subdivision.


Bill Buglass invited the Plan Commission and Town Board to tour the Anderson Quarry on Thursday, September 24th.  He will confirm the date and time with the clerk’s office.


Susan Krebsbach, 1000 Wesley Road, appeared to discuss creating a conservation subdivision on her property.  She purchased the 35 acre property in 1998 and built her home in 2001.  In 2003 she converted the corn field into tall grass prairie.  She would like to continue the conservation of the land, but the property is becoming too much work for her to maintain.  She feels her property is well suited for a conservation subdivision because the Windridge subdivision is on one end and the Glenway subdivision on the other.  She would like to have the area near those subdivisions for the homes and preserve the rest of the property for green space.  Susan spoke with Brain Standing, senior planner at Dane County and he recommended asking the town to convert her property into rural development.  Brian Duffin explained that this is the first time the town has been approached for a conservation subdivision.  The conservation subdivision language has been part of the town’s comprehensive plan for 6 or 7 years, but the Town Land Use map doesn’t have any areas designated as conservation subdivision development.  Therefore the town would have to amend the land use map to include conservation subdivision.  There are four entities involved in this request; the applicant, the Town of Oregon, Dane County and the Village of Oregon.  Brian gave a history of how conservation subdivision were created in the town to allow for additional home sites.  The language in the town’s comprehensive plan on conservation subdivisions was loosely written because each conservation subdivision would be slightly different.  The town also felt a conservation subdivision would be a determent from the village from expanding.  Brian said this property could support 8 to 10 buildable sites and the owner would have the ability to layout the lots.  A minimum of 60% of the property would have to be in green space, which is 21 acres.  Brian is open to having serious discussion about the potential, but his one concern is the village opposing the plan.  Brian explained that the village would want to see a plan before being approached about the potential.  Susan would need to contact a planner or developer to create a plan for the subdivision.  After a plan is created, then Susan would call the office to be put on the agenda for review.  After the plan is reviewed, the town would need to schedule a public hearing to amend the town’s land use map.  The Village of Oregon will then have an opportunity to voice their opinion on the land use map changes.  Brian explained the process to get final approval.  There was discussion of the location of the future homes and maintenance of the green space. The plan commission discussed the traffic impact on the Windridge subdivision.  There was discussion around the costs associated with creating a conservation subdivision.          


4.         Discussion and possible Action re: Review of Dane County Ordinance Amendment #16; to make minor changes to definitions, permitted and conditional uses with the county’s certified Farmland Preservation Zoning districts(A-1[ex], A-4 and A-B districts) to bring them into compliance with Chapter 91, Wisconsin Statues.


The plan commission reviewed the changes being made.  These changed will not impact any town residents. 


Motion by Hagemann to recommend to the town board approval of Dane County Ordinance Amendment #16; to make minor changes to definition, permitted and conditional uses with the county’s certified Farmland Preservation Zoning districts (A-1[ex], A-4 and A-B districts) to bring them into compliance with Chapter 91, Wisconsin Statues.  Seconded by Christensen.  Motion carried 6-0.


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

The plan commission discussed the mobile home ordinance.  There were questions over what qualifies as a mobile home residence.  Deputy Clerk Hanson explained that a blanket refusal of mobile homes could be considered housing discrimination.  The plan commission will discuss next month.   


6.         Discussion and possible Action re: TORC procedure.

The TORC is still open on Wednesdays.


7.         Update on Anderson Park.

The Friends of Anderson Park will be having a potluck at the Town Hall on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. 


8.         Communications.

Blomstrom reported that there is not a separate certified survey map for the condos on Netherwood Road.  Wiedenbeck reported that the town board is not interested in pursuing adding commercial condominium language to the town ordinances because it is not common, but would like to consider creating Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) language next year. 


9.         Adjournment.

Christensen moved, seconded by Hagemann to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 p.m.  Motion carried 6-0.


Respectfully submitted,



Jennifer Hanson

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