Town Of Shields
Dodge County, Wisconsin
Planning Commission February 25, 2016
Attendance: Chairperson Frances Milburn, Tony Peirick, Peter McFarland, Shannon O’Gorman, Harold Peckham, Jeanine Mason, Craig Kleinsteiber, Sandee & Josh Macht, Clerk Susan Johnson. Absent: Bob Long.
- The February Planning Commission was called to order by Chairperson Frances Milburn at 7:01pm @ the Clerk’s home. Introductions were made. The minutes were read by the clerk. Corrections were made to the minutes and Tony made a motion to accept the minutes, Shannon seconded. Motion Carried.
- A review of the 10-year update of the Town of Shields 2030 Comprehensive Plan was explained by Milburn. She then focused on the specific steps taken in the past year: The Commission met numerous times to go over the Plan. After consulting Nate Olson of Dodge County Land Resources & Parks Dept, and the Board’s monetary concern, the Plan Commission decided not to update the first part of the book-Inventory, Trends, Tables and Figures because of the time/pay involved.
- Four changes were proposed to the second part of the Shields Comprehension Plan as follows:
- Section 5-7 Agricultural, natural, and Cultural Resources Policies and Recommendations. Under Policies & Recommendations #6 would read The Town of Shields along with the northwestern part of Town of Emmet pursued and were granted an AEA (Agricultural Enterprise Area) by DATCP in 2012. Residents are encouraged to participate in Farm Preservation through zoning and AEA designation. Shannon made a motion to accept the update and Jeanine seconded. Motion Carried unanimously.
- The next update is Section 8-4 under Intent and Description would read. “This category represents those areas where agricultural type uses such as dairy and crop farming are the anticipated predominant land use in the area. A limited amount of non-farm, residential development exists and will continue to be allowed. Shields will follow the same density ration for non-farm land uses as Dodge County-1 non-farm acre to 20 remaining farm acres…. “
- The next proposed change was Under Policies & Recommendations in Section 8-4; and would read The proposed density of non-farm development will be 1 non-farm acre to 20 remaining farm acres. To calculate this ration, the total amount of contiguous land owned (Base Farm Tract) is divided by 21, which results in the amount of available non-farm acreage. The landowner also needs to meet Shields minimum lot size requirement.
- The final proposed change was in Section 8-6 Land Use Policies and Recommendations. Under Policies & Recommendations, #13 would read Restrict creation of new non-farm lots, following Dodge County density ration of 1 non-farm acre to 20 remaining farm acres. Harold made a motion to accept all three changes and Shannon seconded. Motion Carried unanimously.
5 a. The next step in the adoption of the changes is Resolution No. 2016-02 “Recommendations of the Town of Shields Planning Committee to adopt the Town of Shields Comprehensive Plan” (see attached). Shannon made a motion to sign and send Resolution No. 2016-02 to the Town Board on March 14, 2016 Board Meeting, Harold seconded. Motion was carried. Voting Aye: 6, Nay: 0. Document was signed by Chairperson Milburn.
The third step in the adoption of the changes is the Public Hearing which will be held on April 26, 2016 the Emmet Town Hall, W6777 Second Street Road, Watertown, WI, 53098. The last part will be an adoption of an Ordinance by the Town Board accepting the changes to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan which will take place after the Public Hearing. This will complete the 10-year update.
- The Plan Commission Board started in 2004 with an appointment of seven residents (5 regulars and 2 alternates) for a three year term. The terms have been renewed. Mission Statement is as reads; “This Commission is dedicated to careful consideration of proposals for land division and/or development such as new construction in Shields Township the residents of this township have indicated that maintaining the rural atmosphere and protecting the environment are top priorities. Their vision is the next 20 years is limited growth.”
All of the members have been a part of the board since the beginning. The Town Board has been in discussion about the Plan Commission Board and will be finalized at the April 26, 2016 meeting. Jeanine Mason would also like to add into the History section of the Plan Commission Book the addition of the Town Board Officials from 1911 to current date, along with a Plan Commission Board Section.
The Town of Shields Annual Meeting will be held at the Emmet Town Hall on April 26, 2016 at 7pm and the Public Hearing for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan meeting will follow shortly after.
No Public Comment.
The meeting was called to adjourn at 7:50pm by Harold Peckham and Shannon O’Gorman seconded. Motion Carried. Meeting Adjourned.
All Plan Commission Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of each month and are based on as needed by the committee.
Submitted by: Clerk Susan Johnson