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Board of Appeals
Tuesday, July 1 2014
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah 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 Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., for the purpose of considering a variance request submitted by John Slotten. Mr. Slotten requests an exception to the following section of the Town of Taycheedah Code of Ordinances for the construction detached garage: Section 13-1-24(f)(3)(b), Highway Setbacks. The proposed structure would have a reduced front setback than what is required by the Town's Zoning Ordinance.

The property is located at the N7832 Sandy Beach Road.

All affected 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


JULY 1, 2014
6:30 P.M.

Members present: Chairman Gale Burg, Jerome Bord, John Buechel, Erv Karls, Jason Meyer and Secretary Brenda Schneider. Also present were the petitioner and two interested residents.

The purpose of the public hearing was to consider a variance requested by John Slotten. Slotten requests an exception to Section 13-1-24(f)(3)(a), Highway Setback Lines, of the Town of Taycheedah Code of Ordinances, to allow for the construction of a detached garage with a reduced front setback.

The Secretary, Brenda Schneider, taped recorded the hearing and took notes.

The Chairman called the hearing to order at 6:33 p.m. The Secretary read the notice.

Brenda Slotten, representing John Slotten, was sworn in. Her testimony and responses to questions were follows:
They plan to build a detached garage similar to the house. They have not submitted drawings of the propose structure. It was noted that the Town's ordinances do not require submission.
The pitch of the roof is planned to be the same as the house.
The siding and the brick will match the house. They also plan to improve the lakeside appearance of the garage with brick.
The garage is proposed to be 852 sq. ft.
The minimum setback from the center of the road is 63'. They are requesting a setback of 45'.
They have secured a permit from County Shoreland Zoning.
The County is requiring the removal of a patio slab and the brick walkway.
The entire property will be greatly improved.
The proposed location of the garage is planned to preserve a mature chestnut tree.
As the driveway gets longer, the garage will need to be smaller due to the County's impervious surface rule.

Chairman Burg requested the submission of detailed plans for the garage.

Richard Cusick, N7824 Sandy Beach Road, was sworn in. His testimony was as follows:
He's hesitant about change.
He would expect with the new garage, the overflow of stuff would no longer be stored in the yard. Currently there is a boat hoist, a temporary shelter and several vehicles.
He hopes the structure will have similar pitch as the house and be nice in appearance, as was testified to by Brenda Slotten.
Cusick questioned if the 63' minimum setback is from the center of the road or the center of the easement. He added that the road weaves within the easement area. It was noted that the Zoning Code requires the front setback on a private road be measured from the center of the paved area.
He is not opposed to the garage.
The group discussed allowable temporary parking on the lawn and noted that there will also be plenty of room between the garage and the road for parking.
Cusick noted that if the project is built based upon Brenda Slotten's testimony, he would rather see it closer to the road than closer to the house.

Judy Cusick, N7824 Sandy Beach Road, was sworn in. Her testimony was as follows:
The lot is 60' wide.
The existing garage (located on a separate lot, under separate ownership, on the east side of the road) was converted years ago into a cabin for the mother-in-law. After the mother-in-law vacated the cabin, the owner used it as a rental unit. It is the only rental unit on the beach.
Slotten bought the lakeside lot.
There are three families using the property; the Slottens, the renter and the owner of the backlot that contains an old barn. The renters have two cars, the Slottens have several vehicles and the owner comes and goes routinely. This is the only property on the beach being used in this manner.

The Board of Appeals comments were as follows:
For peace of mind, the Slottens were directed to present the neighbors with their design plans. Brenda Slotten stated that they would be glad to do so.

Motion by John Buechel, second by Jerome Bord, to approve the variance for a front setback of 45' for the construction of a detached garage as requested, citing limitations of the narrow lot, limitations of Shoreland Zoning and the preservation of the chestnut tree.

Roll Call vote:
Jason Meyer aye Gale Burg aye
Erv Karls aye John Buechel aye
Jerome Bord aye Motion carried (5-0).

The ordinance requirement is to substantially begin the project within 6 months.

Motion by Jerome Bord, second by Jason Meyer, to adjourn at 7:06 p.m. Motion carried (5-0).

Brenda A. Schneider

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