TOWN OF GENEVA
LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
March 18, 2013
Chairman Joe Kopecky called the monthly meeting for the Town of Geneva Plan Commission to order at 6:32 p.m. He asked everyone present to stand and say the pledge of allegiance. Roll call was taken. Present were the Chairman, Phyllis Olson, Mike Mumford, Andy Schmidt, and Gary Cocroft. Jim Anton was excused, and Jim Thometz was absent. A quorum was declared. Attorney Torhorst and recording secretary Mary Van Lue were also present.
Phyllis Olson made a motion to approve the February 25, 2013 minutes as presented. Gary Cocroft seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously 4-0. Andy Schmidt made a motion to approve the agenda as presented for the March 18, 2013 Plan Commission meeting. Mike Mumford seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously 4-0.
Communications and Reports-Mary stated the date of the April meeting would have to be changed. Everyone agreed to change the date from April 22, 2013 to April 29, 2013 because the Town of Geneva annual meeting was scheduled for April 22, 2013 a year ago. The Plan Commission members were given an ordinance to allow backyard chickens to review. There were two people in the audience in favor of allowing chickens in residential areas in the Town of Geneva.
Bill Henry will present a request to amend the existing conditional use for a private residence at W7377 Krueger Road at Hawk’s View Golf Club. The house would be built between the 14th, 16th, and the 18th holes on the golf course. Current zoning is B-5, and Hawk’s View Golf Course consists of 312-acres. The proposed house is outside the property where the condominiums were approved to be built. The size of the property that the house would be built on is 5-acres. A 50-foot access easement for the house would be identified on future plans from Krueger Road. Bill Henry said he is in the process of filing the conditional use at Walworth County. New site plans would include the grades of the property and show more articulate easements. He also stated there are no future plans for any more private residences on property. Chairman Kopecky asked if the driveway would be paved, or graveled. Bill said he wasn’t sure what type of driveway would be installed, but did say the residential driveway would not cross any part of the golf course. Bill said the 10% grade for the driveway to the residence would comply with Walworth County’s requirement. Bill also said Mr. & Mrs. Daniels would like to be in their new home by December 2013. Chairman Kopecky asked if anyone in the audience had any questions. There were no questions. Bill Henry stated Walworth County is requiring him to inform the Town of Lyons about the change to the conditional use for a private residence. Andy Schmidt made a motion to close the public hearing for Hawk’s View. Gary Cocroft seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously 4-0. Mike Mumford made a motion to recommend to the Town Board to approve amending the existing conditional use to accommodate a private residence at W7377 Krueger Road and include item 26 to have construction completed within two (2) years from Final Condominium Plat approval. Andy Schmidt seconded the motion. Chairman Kopecky asked for a voice vote. Gary Cocroft voted aye, Phyllis Olson voted aye, Andy Schmidt voted aye, and Mike Mumford voted aye. The request passed 4-0-1 with Chairman Kopecky abstaining. This request will be addressed at the April 8, 2013 Town Board meeting.
Tim Lynch and Jim Moore will present a conditional use for a berm on Highway 50 for Dreamfield LLC. The berm would be built with sediment from a pond that is located on the property. The property is zoned A-2. They have permits from the DNR to dredge the existing fishing pond. Once the berm is built, it would be approximately two (2) feet higher than Highway 50. There is a detention pond on the property so when it rains the water goes in there and from there into already existing wetlands on the property. The depth of the sediment pond is nine (9) feet. They said they would bring information regarding Chapter 30 documentation to the April 29, 2013 meeting. Andy Schmidt will post a sign on the property.
Discussion and possible action regarding anti-scavenging ordinance. Most members on the Commission have had problems with people going through their garbage and recycling weekly and or monthly. There is concern for identity theft. The Town of Eagle clerk sent Clerk Debbie Kirch a copy of their ordinance. Attorney Torhorst said he would draft an ordinance for the Commission members to review.
Public Comments: Michael & Monica Rehberg said they support the ordinance to allow chickens in residential areas. Five other Town Boards in Walworth County already support the chicken ordinance. Gary Cocroft said property on Lincoln and Opal in the Como Beach Subdivision had been clear cut and no building permit had been issued. Chairman Kopecky stated it was Basso builders and a permit has been issued.
ETZ report-There was nothing to report.
Building Inspector’s Report-There is currently one large project and it is the renovation of the Lake Como Beach Clubhouse.
Andy Schmidt made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:57 p.m. Mike Mumford seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously 4-0.
Mary Van Lue