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February 10, 2020 Public Hearing - 6:30 PM - Wallace Property CUP Request Minutes

Town of Lamartine
Plan Commission (PC)
Public Hearing
RE: Request for a Conditional Use Permit – WALLACE PROPERTY
February 10, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room (LMBMR)

Plan Commission Chairman, Jim Reitzner called the meeting to order at 6:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Plan Commission members also in attendance at this meeting were, Dan Wepner, Glenn Becker, Katie Deaver and Tom Kramer.
Jill Randall served as the PC Secretary at this meeting.

Hearing notices were confirmed with affidavits for publishing and posting on file.

Jim stated that the purpose of this Public Hearing was to receive public comment and for the Plan Commission to make a recommendation to the town board regarding this request. Lucas Hicks and Jacklyn Best would like to open a dog kennel and training facility. This Conditional Use Permit is requested under sec. 6.4 of the Town Zoning Ordinance, which allows this to be done by CUP without the need to rezone.

A Conditional Use Permit Application was submitted by Lucas Hicks and Jacklyn Best on behalf of property owner Lloyd Wallace. The property is described as follows.

Parcel I.D’s. No. T12-15-16-13-02-002-00. Approximately 23.34 acres located in the E 770.32’ NW ¼ of the NE ¼, Sec.13, Town 15 North, Range 16 East, Town of Lamartine, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. This property is located at W7456 Forest Ave, in the Town of Lamartine. Property is owned by Wallace Generations Farm LLC (Lloyd Wallace). The property is zoned General Agricultural with a property use of residential (1 acre) and general agricultural (22.34 acres).

The CUP application was found to be complete and all fees were paid.

Chairman Reitzner asked the petitioners (Hicks and Best) to present their request. Ms. (Jacklyn) Best stated that they spoke with the property neighbors about their plan to open a dog kennel and training facility at this address where she and Lucas reside with Mr. Wallace. She said that most of the neighbors gave their approval, with no neighbor offering complaints about their plan. Ms. Best has been training dogs for 15 years.

Discussion instantly got underway regarding how they would deal with dog waste, noise control, and requiring proof of rabies vaccinations for all dogs at the facility, constructing kennels, dog runs, how many dogs would be permitted, and the need to create parking space to name a few topics.
The facility would be required to have annual fire inspections and would need to abide by all federal and state regulations regarding this type of facility. The petitioners were very open to working with the town to produce an agreement between all parties.

Ideas were suggested from the audience that the number of dogs should be regulated; some type of process be put in place to track & handle complaints, and what a document detailing all these conditions of this permit might look like, including who would sign it and be ultimately responsible.

Chairman Reitzner asked if there were any questions or comments in favor or in opposition to the request for a CUP. The Clerk noted that all adjoining property owners had been notified via letter of this public hearing. No phone calls or letters were received prior to this hearing by the town regarding this petition. Jim noted that he had received a hand delivered letter at the beginning of this hearing from Pete and Delores Braun in support of this request. No one spoke out in total disagreement with this request for a dog kennel and training facility; but some concern was expressed that conditions similar to those discussed earlier be considered and possibly implemented if this CUP is granted.

Reitzner asked if the PC had any further discussion.

With no further discussion or comments, Tom Kramer moved, seconded by Glenn Becker, that the Plan Commission recommend to the Town Board that this request for a conditional use permit be granted; as long as a document is drafted by the town, the petitioners and legal counsel to include all aspects of the operation.

Chairman Reitzner asked for a vote (a yes vote would be to grant the CUP request and a no vote would be to deny the CUP request). Let the record show that five PC members voted (voice votes) with the following results:
Jim Reitzner – YES, Glenn Becker – YES, Dan Wepner – YES, Katie Deaver -- YES and
Tom Kramer – YES. Motion carried 5-0 to recommend approval of a Conditional Use Permit.

The Town Board will take action on the Plan Commissions’ recommendation at the regular Town Board meeting this same evening; February 10, 2020 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.
With no further business to be considered, Dan Wepner moved to adjourn the public hearing. Katie Deaver seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0 and the meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Town of Lamartine

Jill Randall
Municipal Clerk


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