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Comprehensive Planning Committee
Tuesday, April 26 2011
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Informational Meeting

AGENDA

1. Call to order.
2. Approval of the minutes of the 3/15/11 meeting.
3. Committee and landowners will discuss the impact of the Working Lands Initiative (formerly known as Farmland Preservation).
4. Discuss necessary amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and the Code of Ordinances.
5. Public Comment.
6. Adjournment.



Brenda A. Schneider
Clerk


MINUTES

The Town of Taycheedah Comprehensive Planning Committee met on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall. Members present at the meeting were: Ed Braun, Tim Krawczyk, Neal Nett, Rebecca Ries, Brenda Schneider, Joanne Thome and Joe Thome. Absent was Jerry Guelig. Excused was Mike Wirtz. Also present were Jeff Sanders, Community Planning & Consulting, LLC, and approximately 70 interested persons.

1. Call to Order. Chairman Ed Braun called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.

2. Approval of the minutes of the 3/15/11 meeting. Joe Thome motioned to approve the minutes of the 3/15/11 meeting, with a notation to change “Class 1” to “Grade 1”, seconded by Tim Krawczyk. Motion carried (7-0-2 absent).

3. Committee and landowners will discuss the impact of the Working Lands Initiative (formerly known as Farmland Preservation). Consultant, Jeff Sanders, Community Planning & Consulting, LLC, presented information pertaining to the impact of the new Working Lands Program.
Participation in the Working Lands Program is voluntary and participation would need to be determined by the Town Board. Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Ordinance, and the Master Zoning Map would also be required in order to maintain consistency with the Working Lands Program.
The Town’s Zoning Ordinance also needs to be revised in order to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
Individuals owning agricultural lands that decide to participate in the Working Lands Program will still be able to receive tax credits and will also be able to create a limited number of non-farm residential lots without having to rezone the land or amending the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. The ratio of non-farm lots must be 1:20. The Committee will need to determine the “1” component and how many non-farm lots to allow with a maximum of four. A possibility would be 1 acre to every 20 acres. The Committee will also need to decide if the Town needs more agricultural districts and if significant changes need to be made to the current agricultural districts.
Once the amendment process is complete, any agricultural land owner requesting a rezone will be subject to a conversion fee; which is three times the value of Grade 1 farmland in the Town of Taycheedah on a per acre basis. The current conversion fee would be $672 per acre. During the amendment process, the Town will have a one-time opportunity to rezone land from Exclusive Agriculture to another district without triggering the conversion fee.
It was noted that Governor Walker’s 2011-2013 Biennial State Budget proposes to eliminate the conversion fee, eliminate the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (PACE) and eliminate the requirement of a minimum amount of farmland revenue generated by the land.
A survey was distributed to all impacted landowners in attendance. All surveys returned will be reviewed during the next Committee meeting.

4. Discuss necessary amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and the Code of Ordinances. The Committee will address amendments to the Code of Ordinances at their next meeting. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19th, at 6:30 pm.

5. Public Comment. None presented.

6. Adjournment. Tim Krawczyk moved to adjourn at 9:33 p.m., seconded by Joanne Thome. Motion carried (7-0-2 absent).



Respectfully Submitted,
Brenda A. Schneider
Committee Secretary




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