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Comprehensive Planning Committee
Thursday, May 19 2011
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Workshop Meeting


1. Call to order.
2. Approval of the minutes of the 4/26/11 meeting.
3. Review and discuss revisions to the Code of Ordinances.
4. Schedule the next meeting.
5. Public Comment.
6. Adjournment.

Brenda A. Schneider


The Town of Taycheedah Comprehensive Planning Committee met on Thursday, May 19th, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall. Members present were: Ed Braun, Jerry Guelig, Tim Krawczyk, Neal Nett, Rebecca Ries, Brenda Schneider, Joanne Thome, Joe Thome and Mike Wirtz. Also present was one interested person.

1. Call to Order. Chairman Ed Braun called the meeting to order at 6:42 pm.

2. Approval of the minutes of the 4/26/11 meeting. Joanne Thome motioned to approve the minutes of the 4/26/11 meeting, seconded by Tim Krawczyk. Motion carried (9-0).

3. Review and discuss revisions to the Code of Ordinances. Some of the Committee members have been contacted by landowners. Most of them are confused about the Working Lands Initiative and question which zoning would be most appropriate for their land.
The State Legislature is in the process of eliminating the conversion fee.
During the Committee's discussions, the following questions were developed:
Why do we need to worry about doing this now? Maybe we should wait until after things settle down in Madison.
When does Fond du Lac County need to re-certify their Farmland Preservation Plan?
Does our project need to be completed by the County's deadline?
What are the consequences if we don't this (WLI)?
What are the benefits?
When will tax credits end if we don't do this?
Will the Town's Farmland Preservation Map pass DATCP certification if there are "other ag" districts in the primarily ag area of the Town?
What would be the purpose of having more than one WLI compliant district? Committee would like to see ideas/examples of what other towns have done.
Any non-farm residential lots created can be sold publicly. Is the exception of creating a farm residential lot for self, parent, child, or farmhand still in the law?
If an active farmer buys a retiring farmer's property (crop land, house, barn, etc) for the sole purpose of increasing his total cropable acreage, will the active farmer be able to split off the house and buildings? Would this split be considered a non-farm residence? If yes, what if the retiring farmer has used/sold his ONE non-farm residence applicable to his base farm tract?
Will the WLI rules/ordinance requirements/conversion fee, etc. apply to all owners of A-1 zoned land even if the owners choose to not collect the tax credits?
Comprehensive Planning Committee
May 19th, 2011

What we have now is working (ordinances and Comp Plan). Why do we need to change it?
Would we keep the 5 acre minimum lot size for WLI non-compliant lands?
Would allowing only one 3 acre non-farm residence eliminate hobby farms?
Can we prohibit non-farm residences? Establish ZERO as the number of allowable non-farm residences.
Answers to the above noted questions will be presented during the next Committee meeting.

Jeff Sanders, Community Planning & Consulting, LLC, requested recommendations from the Committee regarding the following matters to be incorporated into the Zoning Ordinance:

What should the '1' in the 1:20 ratio equal? Committee consensus was '1' equals 3 (three) acres. Committee noted that the '1' equivalent can be changed prior to the Public Hearing.

What should the maximum number of allowable nonfarm residence in Taycheedah be? Committee consensus was to establish 1 (one) as the maximum number of nonfarm residences. Committee noted that the limitation of one nonfarm residence can be changed prior to the Public Hearing.

Should the Town have more than one Working Lands Initiative compliant zoning district, or is the A-1 sufficient to meet the needs of the community? The Committee believes the Town would need at least two WLI compliant districts. One of the districts would be consistent with the current A-1 (Exclusive Agriculture) and the other would be similar to the current A-T (Ag-Transitional). The current A-T district mirrors A-1 with the exception of prohibiting quarries and towers. Committee noted that the sufficient number of districts may change after reviewing the answers to the questions noted above.

The process by which the Committee determines zoning and rezoning as we prepare the amended ordinance is entirely up to the Town. The consultant recommends using the following as starting points for discussion:
*Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map (amended Zoning Ordinance and Map must, by law, be consistent with the Plan).
Comprehensive Planning Committee
May 19th, 2011

*Parcel size-All thing being equal, larger parcels would remaining A-1, smaller ones be rezoned to A-2 (General Agriculture).
*Geographic location-Large parcels surrounded by development (and, therefore, more likely to develop in the near future) may be better served by the A-T classification. Smaller parcels surrounded by large parcel A-1 might be best retained as A-1.
*Landowner preference-Responses to the questionnaire created by Brenda Schneider.
Committee needs clarification regarding these topics.

*Considering the status of the conversion fee, is the Town interested in establishing a supplementary conversion fee (i.e. a fee collected and utilized by the Town above and beyond the WLI conversions fee). Committee consensus was for the Town to not establish a supplemental conversion fee.

*Prior to the Public Hearing the Zoning Map will have to be revised to be consistent with the amended ordinance. Would the Committee like OMNNI to complete that work or would the Committee like Fond du Lac County to prepare the amended map? (The fee for this service was included in the original scope of services provided by the consultant). Committee consensus was to utilize OMNNI's services.
4. Schedule the next meeting. The next Committee meeting will be held on Monday, June 20th, at 6:30. Consultant Jeff Sanders will be in attendance.

5. Public Comment. None presented.

6. Adjournment. Neal Nett moved to adjourn at 9:03 p.m., seconded by Tim Krawczyk. Motion carried (9-0).

Respectfully Submitted,
Brenda A. Schneider
Committee Secretary

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