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Zoning 02/18/2011

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Sawyer County Zoning Committee Public Hearing

February 18, 2011


Zoning Committee Members

James Bassett, Chairman

Fred Zietlow, Vice Chairman

Warren Johnson

Bruce Paulsen

Chuck Gundersen

Dale Thompson - Alternate


Zoning Administration

Dale Olson, Zoning Administrator

Cindy Yackley, Deputy Zoning Administrator

Thomas J. Duffy, Corporation Council



       1)  Call to Order and Roll Call

      Bassett called the Public Hearing before the Sawyer County Zoning Committee                             to order at 8:30 AM. in the Sawyer County Courthouse, 10610 Main St.,   Hayward, Wisconsin. Roll is called finding present: Bassett, Zietlow, Johnson,          Paulsen, Gundersen and from the Zoning Office Olson, Yackley and Thomas J. Duffy.

2)      Statement of Committee and Hearing Procedure.

      Those persons wishing to speak will be afforded the opportunity provided they      identify themselves and have completed a testimony form.

3)      Statement of Hearing Notice.

      Public Hearing Published as a Class 2 Notice in accordance with Chapter 985 of    the Wisconsin Statutes in the Sawyer County Record on February 2 and February             9, 2011.




1)         Town of Hayward – Peoples Bank of Wisconsin c/o David Reardon. Part of the NW 1/4 SW 1/4, S23, T 41N, R 9W; Parcel 10.1. Doc#362640. Approximately 1.16 acres.  Change from district Residential One to district Commercial One. Purpose of request is for the location/operation of boat and vehicle storage in an existing building, by the purchaser. This City Council, City of Hayward has deferred their comments to the Town of Hayward Board.  The Town Board has tabled their decision with additional comments. This application has been tabled from the January Public Hearing to allow the Town Board time to review the application. The Town Board has approved the application with additional comments. Olson read the application into the record and presented the maps.  He read the Town Board’s decision and stated that the opinion letters had previously been read into the record a last months public hearing. Dick Dewhurst, Chairman of the Town of Hayward Planning Committee stated that for clarification purposes he had spoken with Gary Gedart and Jeff Homuth (Supervisor and Chairman for the Town of Hayward) and that their meaning of the comments that were written was the location, operation of a boat and vehicle storage only. Limited to warehousing within an existing building by the purchaser with the addition of any future owner and /or regardless of ownership.  Dewhurst stated that that was the intent and the reason for this change in language was because the people that live on that road are very concerned about traffic and that the Planning Committee and the Town Board felt that by changing the language as stated, would limit traffic and that any change in ownership would still remain only for boat and vehicle storage. Discussion was held on the definition of warehousing and Jason Olson, Carl Schweikert and Dustin Beckwith spoke in favor of the application. Daniel Marks, Sherry Burdette, Drey Thiry, Linda Zillmer and Lisa Noyce spoke in opposition. The access was discussed and Zietlow spoke on the history of the property. Zietlow motioned to approve the application with the town’s conditions. Motion failed for lack of a second. Motion by Gundersen, second by Paulsen to table the application until the March public hearing to allow the Town of Hayward time to clarify their decision that they made and send that clarification back to the Committee. Motion carried.  Johnson stated that he thinks this application should have been by conditional use.




1)         Town of Round Lake – Charles F. Massaro. Part of the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 and Part of the SE 1/4 NW 1/4, S2, T 41N, R 7W; Part of Parcels 5.1 and 8.1. Doc#225917. Approximately 6.9 acres. Property is zoned Commercial One and Forestry One. Permit is desired for the three (3) year renewal of conditional use permit #97-003 for the location/operation of a non-metallic mineral extraction, including a rock crusher, which was approved at public hearing on January 17, 2003 and renewed most recently on January 18, 2008. This application had been tabled from the January Public Hearing to allow the Town Board to review the application. The Town Board approved the application with no additional comments. Olson read the application into the record and presented the maps. Nine (9) opinion letters were sent out. Of those, 2 were returned with no objection. Olson stated that the bond and reclamation plan are on file and up to date. Massaro was present and stated that he’s asking for a renewal of his permit stating that himself, Vitcenda and the Town of Spider Lake all have piles in the pit that they use. No one spoke in favor or opposed. Motion by Zietlow, second by Johnson to approve the application contingent upon the applicant staying in compliance with NR135. Motion carried.

Findings of Fact: It is essential for the infrastructure of the surrounding townships.



2)         Town of Winter – Simplified Living LLC. Lot 1, being part of Gov’t lot 1, S10, T 39N, R 5W; Parcel :1.6.  Doc# 364526.  CSM Volume 8 page 191. 11.9 acres total. Property is zoned Residential One. Permit is desired for the location/operation of a charitable rehabilitation and recovery retreat for disabled veterans and an outdoor youth leadership camp for adolescence, in existing buildings by the purchaser. The Town Board has postponed hearing the application to allow time for their planning committee to review and recommend a decision at their March meeting. Olson read the application into the record and presented the maps. He also read a letter from Wayne Geist, Chairman of the Town of Winter indicating that the Town’s Planning Committee had not had the opportunity to review the application and that the Town would hear the Planning Committee’s recommendation at next months meeting. Olson read the opinion letters into the record stating that nine (9) opinion letters were sent out, of those, 7 were returned with objection, all with additional comments. One was received from someone outside the 300’ radius. That letter was also read into the record. There was a question of what the use of the land is at present and Johnson stated that it’s residential. He described the existing buildings on the property and stated that it’s been modified for the handicap with an outside elevator.  Craig Barrett, the proposed purchaser was present. He described the property and explained his plans for the proposed camp stating that it would be a non-profit organization operated as a 501c3 entitled the BOLD Camp. The proposal is to have a camp for youth which would be run by him. The camp focuses on youth type activities and leadership. Class rooms are done in a class room type setting and then outdoor activities such as chopping wood, splitting wood, using a buck saw, etc.  The disabled portion of the plans are focused on teaching the disabled vets how to cope with their disability with outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, boating, etc.  No hunting would be done on the property. That activity would be done in the National Forest or private properties. He understood the communities concerns regarding the lake but feels that they could work together and resolve those issues. There was one person who spoke in favor (name unknown) stating that there had been a great deal of confusion regarding the proposed plans. Richard Bieble, Hal Handy, Jill Cecil, Steve Clark and Peter Howe all spoke in opposition. Johnson stated that the Town Planning Committee did meet to review the application and denied the request with a 3-2 vote. Discussion was held on postponing their decision to a later month.

Motion by Zietlow, second by Bassett to table their decision to the May 20th Public Hearing to allow time for the Town Board to hear the application and recommendation of the Planning Committee and to allow the purchaser, Craig Barrett to attend the hearing as he is unavailable for March or April hearings. Motion carried.




Eric Wellauer stated that the proposal has been in the works for over a year with the recommendation from the Zoning Committee to proceed with a new private sewage system ordinance. The current ordinance that the staff is currently working with is over 30 years old and rather than amending the current ordinance, he found it best to create a new one.  The ordinance is a model that has been used in other counties and it has been tweaked and had two State Dept. of Commerce employees review and edit it. He has not had received a lot of comments back from the towns in opposition and he asked the Committee to adopt the ordinance with leaving possibilities open to making amendments as needed.  Zillmer had questions on certain sections of the ordinance which were reviewed and answered. Phil Nies spoke in favor encouraging the Committee to approve the ordinance. Motion by Zietlow, second by Johnson to approve the Private Sewage System Ordinance and to forward on to County Board for approval. Motion carried.




Discussion was held on places to hold future meetings. TJ suggested possibly holding hearings at the City Hall.  Gundersen suggested and the Committee agreed that the topic be placed on the next Courthouse Committee agenda.



Motion by Gundersen, second by Johnson to adjourn. Motion carried.



Minutes prepared by Cindy Yackley