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March 23, 2009 Plan Commission Smart Growth Meeting Minutes
Town of Lamartine
Plan Commission Meeting
RE: Smart Growth Comprehensive Planning
March 23, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room (LMBMR)
With all notices having been properly posted, Jim Reitzner, Plan Commission Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Other Plan Commission (PC) members present at this meeting were Tom Kramer, Glenn Becker, Roger Grade and Dean Birschbach. Alternate PC members Carol Kinyon and Tim Bell were present in the audience. There were 34 people signed in on the attendance sheet at this meeting.
Jim then turned the meeting over to Warren Utecht, Vice President of Planning at Martenson & Eisele, Inc. Warren noted that due to the number of people attending this meeting and the significant amount of interest, tonight he would start with public input and then go into the working session section of the meeting.
A petition was introduced. The petition dated March 14, 2009, was in regard to Land Use Classification. The petition stated: “At the March 11, 2009 planning meeting, it was discussed that our land East of County Y would be changed to ag-transitional if there is no opposition. At this time, we are requesting that our land stay zoned as agricultural only. The petition had the signatures and addresses of 33 town residents and another list of eight (8) names written under the heading “verbals”. Please note that this petition will be attached to these minutes as “Attachment A”.
Warren asked that anyone with questions please call the Lamartine Town Board not him directly. Discussion took place regarding the petition. Warren explained the difference between zoning and land use. He noted that the beige area on the map labeled Ag Transition was not going to be rezoned Ag Transition it is only a land use classification. With this comprehensive plan we are trying to match what will happen with the animal siting ordinance. All three districts will be Agricultural. The zoning categories will be A-1 Ag Enterprise, General Agriculture and Exclusive Agricultural. These Ag districts are all agricultural related and a rezoning will have to be requested and approved before this land becomes residential. We are trying to look ahead 20-years and decide what will happen. Warren suggested that a fourth Agricultural category be added to the land use map.
Ed Montsma gave the following requests from the people he spoke to regarding the addition of Ag Transitional land.
A lot of farmers are still in that area
Keep the area quiet and rural as possible
They would like to be able to sell one home or so
Tax increases due to the land no longer considered Agricultural
They would like to see as much land as possible for farmers to keep farming
Janet Williams tried to catch all the people she could to discuss these issues.
Warren discussed density planning. The existing homes are checked by section. If the Town does not mind a higher density of homes in some areas the density limit would be increased. Lower densities would occur in the more agricultural areas of the township. Density factor controls the number of homes in a specific geographic area. Density factors are designed by ordinance.
Warren suggested labeling the last (east) section (under 500 animal units) “Ag” instead of Ag Transitional. There will be another chance for everyone to voice his or her opinion.
Warren discussed the township. Farming is the major industry and steps need to be taken to protect it. If land is put into the Ag Transition area is not a given that this land will be rezoned.
PC discussion—The Town Plan Commission is assigned a job of stewardship of the land.
Warren suggested that they talk density standards in general and than come back to the PC and choose density numbers.
The comprehensive plan Land Use Goals and Objectives were reviewed and discussed.
Goal #1: The Town will address concerns of the majority of its constituent’s to preserve the rural character of the town by directing future residential growth toward the Town’s more densely populated areas in the eastern half of the township.
Goal #2: Promote a sustainable land use pattern that maximizes compatibility between neighboring use and allows the continuation of agriculture, forestry, and open lands.
Additions and deletions were discussed. Warren will make the discussed changes to the comprehensive plan and mail a new draft to the plan commission, etc.
The next Plan Commission Comprehensive Plan working session will be held, May 6, 2009 at 7:00 Pm.
With no more business to discuss, Glenn moved to adjourn the meeting. Dean seconded the motion. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:50 Pm.
Town of Lamartine
Jill Randall, Clerk
*Included with these minutes is:
Attachment A (Petition)
Attendance Sign in Sheet
**PLEASE NOTE A DRAFT VERSION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN ITS VARIOUS STAGES CAN BE VIEWED AT THE CLERK’S OFFICE BY APPOINTMENT 920-906-3683**
NEXT SMART GROWTH MEETING: May 6, 2009 @ 7:00 Pm at the LMB
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