Date Description & Time Location Meeting Status


Planning Commission Minutes


May 13, 2020

Dunkirk Town Hall, 654 County Highway N

7:00 p.m.                                                              


Kent Falligant called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


Members present:   Kent Falligant, Sheldon Schieldt, Bill Delehanty (appeared telephonically), and Brad Werginz (in person).  Brett Olson absent. 


Other people present:    See the sign-in sheet for others present.


With regard to the Plan Commission minutes of January 8, 2020, Delehanty stated a motion to approve the minutes.  Werginz seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.       


Unfinished Business


New Business:


1.      Robert Lange, 1792 Oak View Drive, Stoughton, WI, Dane County Petition No. 11444, south of 1026 County Highway N, rezoning 9.1 acres from FP-1 to RR-8 and 2.2 acres from FP-35 to RR-8, creating one residential lot.  During discussion of this petition, Robert Lange indicated that he may want to add another approximately 5.7 acres in order to make a clear property line between Lot 1 and agricultural land that he is in partnership on.  Petition was put tabled to see if Dane County would allow the petition to move forward as currently written but adjusted at Town level to include revised CSM and zoning, or, if new petition would be required.  Falligant moved to table petition. Delehanty seconded. Motion carried 4-0. 


2.      Discuss ideas brought forth at the annual land use plan review.  The Purchase of Development Rights Committee recommended new language be inserted to revise the Land Use Plan.  Delehanty recommends the Town Board adopt the recommended language, modifying the Land Use Plan.  Schieldt questioned whether this language matches the Town of Dunn’s program and Delehanty stated it follows the same pattern.  Falligant noted the language doesn’t set forth the PDR program in detail.  Delehanty stated the PDR program will provide all the details.  Delehanty stated a motion recommend to the Town Board to amend the Land Use Plan as follows: 






Goal 1: Agricultural Preservation




Current language:

7. Promote programs that encourage farmers to preserve farmland for long-term agricultural use.


New language:

7. Promote programs that encourage farmers to preserve farmland for long-term agricultural use. Create a town Purchase of Development Rights program to protect high quality farmland, viable farm operations, and natural areas and to create substantial clusters or blocks of agricultural land and natural areas. Use the program to give farmers and landowners an alternative to dividing the farm for new residential lots. By maintaining contiguous blocks of land dedicated solely to agricultural-related uses, the Town desires to eliminate land use conflicts that can hinder efficient agricultural operations.


Werginz seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

3.         Any pre-application conferences.  (1) Scheildt received an email from Dane County and believes it is a duplication of enforcement and is wondering if a discussion should be had with Dane County Towns.  Without seeing the email, the Commission did not have a recommendation.  (2)  In regards to the three neighbors who attended the last meeting:

a.   Neighbor one was modifying his driveway approach in some manner.  Clerk and Werginz referred him to Mark Gretebeck for potential driveway permit or town direction on location.

b.   Neighbors two and three were interested in subdividing neighbor two's property for residential development.  They were under the assumption that the Lange discussion was an opportunity for them to get development rights for their property as well.  We suggested that they contact Majid for a development rights review and/or potential density study on the proposed property.

Falligant stated the next meeting is June 10, 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m.


Werginz moved to adjourn the meeting.  Falligant seconded the motion.  The motion carried 4-0.  The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


Minutes submitted by

Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk


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