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Board of Appeals
Wednesday, June 13 2007
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
Public Hearing


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, will conduct a public hearing at the Taycheedah Town Hall, W4295 Kiekhaefer Parkway, on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., for the purpose of considering a variance request submitted by Todd Sikora. Mr. Sikora requests an exception to the following sections of the Town of Taycheedah Code of Ordinances for the addition of a home to his existing garage: Section 13-1-24(f)(3), Highway Setbacks; Section 13-1-48(d)(6)(a), Sideyard Setbacks; and Section 13-1-48(d)(4), Ground Floor Area. The proposed structure would have a reduced front setback, a reduced sideyard setback and reduced ground floor area than what is required by the Town’s Zoning Ordinance.

The property is located at the N8388 Deadwood Point Road.

All effected and interested parties are encouraged to attend and be heard. The Town Board members may be in attendance.

Brenda A. Schneider
Secretary of Appeals Board


The Town of Taycheedah Board of Appeals conducted a public hearing on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, at the request of Todd Sikora. Mr. Sikora requests a variance to Section 13-1-24(f)(3)(a), Highway Setbacks, Section 13-1-48(d)(6)(a), Side Yard Setbacks, and Section 13-1-48(d)(4), Ground Floor Area, of the Town of Taycheedah’s Code of Ordinances, to allow for the addition of a home to an existing garage that would have a reduced front setback, a reduced side yard setback and would fail to meet the minimum square footage requirement for a one-story home. Members present were Chairman James Rosenthal, John Buechel, Tom Friess, Gale Burg and Barb Bertram. The Secretary, Brenda Schneider, taped recorded the hearing and took notes. The Chairman called the public hearing to order at 7:35 p.m.. The Secretary read the notice.

Todd Sikora was sworn in. His testimony was as follows:
• He plans to demolish the existing cottage; which is approximately 70 years old.
• The existing cottage was built for seasonal use. It has plumbing and electrical problems.
• The existing cottage is too close to the lake.
• He also plans to demolish a small shed currently located on the property.
• He is divorced and lives alone. Therefore, he only needs one bedroom.
• The proposed house will have a 10-foot side yard setback. However, the existing garage has a 3’2” side yard setback.
• The house will be on a footed slab with masonry block and steel beam construction.
• On May 16th, the Fond du Lac County Shoreland Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance. The 30 day waiting period for DNR comments has expired.
• The property is located on the private portion of Deadwood Point Road.
• He may side the garage in the future. It does need new shingles.
• Wetlands are located across the road from his property.
• The grade of the lot in the area of the proposed house will need to be raised out of the floodplain. He will need to fill to a gradual slope; then plant with sod. The garage floor is at the floodplain level. He has not experienced flooding problems. Swales to the lake will run along the north and south lot lines.
• The property has been in his family since 1964-65. He has been living in the cottage for three and a half years.
• The new home is planned to be single-story with 768 square feet of living space. There is a loft above the garage.
• He plans to contract with Braun Home Construction. He hopes to have the house completed by winter.

Chris Bastian, neighbor to the north, was in attendance. He stated no objection to Mr. Sikora’s proposal.

Public comment:
• Harold Schmitz, second house to the south, is concerned about water. There is a 4’ swale between Deadwood Point and Minawa Beach. The swale drains the swamp. Water from the east goes into the marsh, then to the swale at Minawa, then out to the lake. Mr. Schmitz wants to see assurances that property owners will not fill the swale over time.
• The response to Mr. Schmitz’s concern was that an engineer will design the drainage plan for the property. Water currently runs from the road to the swamp. The road is not pave in the area of the Sikora and Schmitz properties.

Appeals Board members discussed the inability to meet both the lakeside setback and the road setback due to lack of sufficient depth of the lot.

Gale Burg motioned to deny the request for the house addition due to the inability to meet the minimum square footage. Motion died for lack of a second.
June 13th, 2007 Board of Appeals 2.
Todd Sikora-front and side setbacks and minimum sq. ft. variance

Mr. Sikora commented that he could possibly increase the square footage to 832. The minimum is 900 sq. ft. for a single-story home. Increasing the square footage to the minimum may jeopardize the County approved variance.
Gale Burg motioned to postpone a decision for additional information due to failure to meet the minimum square footage. Motion failed for lack of a second.
Jim Rosenthal motioned that due to the limitations of the lot, they approve the variance requested for a minimum of a 704 square foot, single-story home addition to the existing garage. The entire structure will have a 3’2” side yard setback, a 15’ front setback. The side yard drainage shall be maintained as to not obstruct flow and future improvements to the garage shall be made. The motion was seconded by Tom Friess.
Roll call vote:
Barb Bertram aye
John Buechel aye
Tom Friess aye
Gale Burg aye
Jim Rosenthal aye Motion carried unanimously (5-0).

John Buechel motioned to adjourn the public hearing at 8:44 p.m., seconded by Barb Bertram. Motion carried (5-0).

Brenda A. Schneider

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