Thursday, May 10 2007
TIME: 7:00 o.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Plan Commission of the Town of Taycheedah will meet on Thursday, May 10th, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall for the purpose of making a recommendation to the Town Board on the petition of Janet Velasco to rezone the following described property from Residential with public sewer (R-1) to Business with public sewer (B-1):
A part of the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 29 in T. 16N.R18E, Town of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. Commencing at the SW corner running thence North 22*3 east 1029.5 ft. to the center of County Trunk Highway WH, thence northeasterly along center of CTH WH 79 ft. to the point of beginning, thence northeasterly 343.4 ft., then west 254.17 ft., thence southeasterly 260.8 ft., thence east 100 ft to the beginning as recorded in 849608, 1.15 acres.
The property is located at N7792 CTH WH.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Town Board will meet on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the Taycheedah Town Hall for the purpose of considering the recommendation of the Plan Commission and to act on the above petition.
Town Board members may be in attendance at the Plan Commission hearing.
Dated this 29th day of April, 2007.
Brenda A. Schneider, Town Clerk
The Town of Taycheedah Plan Commission conducted a public hearing on Thursday, May 10th, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall, for the purpose of making a recommendation to the Town Board on behalf of Janet Velascos request to rezone her parcel from R-1 (Residential with public sewer) to B-1 (Business with public sewer). The parcel is located at N7792 Cty. WH. Members present were Chairman John Wagner, Joe Thome, Bud Sabel, Mike Wirtz, Joan Simon, Leon Schneider, Bill Spieker and Secretary Brenda Schneider.
The Chairman called the public hearing to order.
Janet Velasco requested the rezone for the purpose of operating a pottery shop out of her existing studio. Ms. Velascos presentation was as follows:
The existing studio is 203x243.
She expects low-volume business traffic.
Her property is long and shallow on the Ledge.
Her property is along the bike trail.
She intends to add some gravel parking space.
The Fond du Lac County Hwy. Dept. will make a site visit to determine whether or not she can have another access onto Cty. WH.
Some of the neighbors have contacted her. She understands their concerns.
She plans to purchase bisque-wear; which customers would glaze. She would fire the pieces and then the customers would pick them up.
She also intends to go to schools and day cares. The students would glaze the pieces. Then she would fire them and deliver the finished pieces back to the school or day cares.
She further intends to relocate the business if and when her property would no longer handle the business activity.
Her property is not an ideal site for future businesses if she sold it. It has limited area for alternate development.
She will have posted hours. She expects to be open about four days a week. Closing by 7 pm.
She hopes business activity will support the purchase of a pottery wheel in the future.
The studio will consist of a kiln, a few tables and shelving.
She is also hoping to take finished products off-site for sale at craft shows, etc.
No pottery will be displayed outdoors.
She hopes to add a small deck to the back of the studio.
No other business in Fond du Lac offers pottery sales, classes and firing services.
Its a hobby she would like to turn into a business.
Concerns voiced by neighboring property owners were as follows:
Traffic movement and parking. Ms. Velasco plans to make it as safe as possible. If she is not approved for a second access to Cty. WH, the parking area will be shaped so no one would need to back onto Cty. WH. She believes she will be able to accommodate parking for six cars.
Soda machine. Ms. Velasco may install a soda machine for customer and trail-user use.
Signage. She intends to have some type of sign; which would probably not be illuminated.
View of Lake Winnebago. Future redevelopment of the site could interfere with others view of the Lake. Or trees could be removed to improve the view.
Manufacturing. Neighbor believes manufacturing would be prohibited in business zoning. Ms. Velasco believes the business could provide an educational purpose.
Location. The site is centrally located between St. Peter and Peebles. He questions the need for another business area. Ms. Velaso responded that rent at Peebles Plaza is $1500.00 per month.
Seventeen of eighteen property owners in Ledgeview Springs Subdivision oppose the request. Written comments from several of the property owners were submitted to the Plan Commission.
Property values. The owners in Ledgeview Springs believe their property values will decrease.
May 10th, 2007 Plan Commission Public Hearing 2.
Velasco rezone R-1 to B-1
Comments, concerns and statements of Plan Commission members:
The Town has numerous small family businesses being operated on property not zoned for business use.
Retail sales on site do not qualify as a home occupation.
Another access onto Cty. WH at the crest of the hill would be dangerous.
The zoning of land follows the land; not the owner.
Concerned about future business opportunities.
Joe Thome motioned to recommend the Town Board deny Ms. Velascos zoning from R-1 to B-1, seconded by Bill Spieker. Motion carried (7-0).
Mike Wirtz motioned to adjourn at 7:38 p.m., seconded by Bud Sabel. Motion carried (7-0).
Brenda A. Schneider
Plan Commission Secretary
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