A meeting of the City of Kaukauna Plan Commission was called to order at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, by Chairman Penterman.
Members Present: Coenen, Feldt, Moore, Oldenburg, Penterman, Sundelius, Thiele.
Also Present: Planning Director Jakel, Principal Planner Brunette, City Attorney Davidson, Fire Chief Carroll, Alderman Koehne, Applicants, Media.
Absent and Excused: Schoenike.
- Excuse the Absent. A motion to excuse the absent Commission member was made by Coenen, seconded by Moore. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Minutes. A motion to approve the minutes of the May 23, 2019, meeting was made by Moore, seconded by Sundelius. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Two Lot CSM at Hennes Court for Kilsdonk/Reyes. Mr. Jakel explained that the CSM will reconfigure the two lots by increasing the square footage on the smaller lot. No encroachments were noted and both lots comply with setbacks and zoning requirements. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the CSM was made by Moore, seconded by Oldenburg. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Petition to Annex 78.5 Acres from the Town of Buchanan (Jonen). Mr. Jakel explained that the 78.5 acre annexation is a unanimous petition and is proposed for single family development. As required by the State, the petition is contiguous to the City sharing a border with the Meadowview subdivision, provides a natural extension of sewer and water services with proposed streets aligning with existing streets, and does not create a town island. Mr. Moore asked if the Town of Buchanan had any objections. Mr. Jakel explained that the petition is unanimous and cannot be contested by the town. Mr. Moore asked about drainage and if a retention pond would be required. Mr. Sundelius explained that a review would be required as part of the platting process to ensure compliance with Engineering standards. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the annexation petition was made by Feldt, seconded by Oldenburg. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Four Lot CSM at Haas Road for Blue Stem Meadows. Mr. Jakel explained that if the Council opts to approve the annexation petition in Item #4 above, the developer would proceed with the splitting of the property via CSM. Lot 1 includes the existing farmhouse which would be removed and a new home constructed, Lot 2 to the north, Lot 3 will split the south portion of the annexation property to accommodate Blue Stem Meadows subdivision and Lot 4 will be reserved for future development. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the CSM was made by Coenen, seconded by Feldt. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Preliminary Plat for Blue Stem Meadows. Mr. Jakel explained that if the Council opted to approve the annexation petition and four-lot CSM, a final plat for Blue Stem Meadows would be reviewed by the Plan Commission. This preliminary plat shows easements and storm water management and provides the general layout of the development. Mr. Sundelius explained that the dead-end of White Wolf Lane and Antelope Trail does not provide a turn-around for traffic and suggested getting an easement for the cul-de-sac. Mr. Jakel suggested using Lots 21 and 48 for turn-around traffic until the road goes through. Mr. Sundelius agreed and explained that he would prefer that option. A motion to approve the preliminary plat with the provisions for traffic turn-around on Lots 21 and 48 was made by Oldenburg, seconded by Sundelius. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Final Plat for The Donory (former St. Al’s site). Mr. Jakel explained that the final plat is in substantial accordance with the preliminary plat with a couple of recommendations. The underground utility lines in the terrace along Hendricks Avenue and St. Mary’s Place should be placed so that sewer lines are not crossing the high power lines. Mr. Jakel explained that all utilities will not likely fit in the 10′ easement and Kaukauna Utilities is recommending increasing the easement to 20 feet at Hendricks Avenue and St. Mary’s Place. Mr. Jakel explained that the change would not hinder development however grades on some steps or porches may need to be adjusted. Houses along Main Avenue and Ann Street can accommodate the setbacks. Mr. Jakel explained that the preliminary plat included a note that the existing school/church structure on the property would be removed. Since demolition has been completed, the reference on the plat can be removed. Mr. Jakel explained that the storm sewer easement on Lot 14 is set at an angle and recommended that survey pins be placed to address the location. A motion to approve the final plat subject to the recommendations above was made by Sundelius, seconded by Moore. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Revised Drainage Plan for Windsor Court. Mr. Jakel explained that revisions to approved drainage plans need Plan Commission and Common Council approval and will ultimately need to benefit the public interest with the burden on the applicant. Brad Werner of McMahon Associates explained that he met with property owners with a plan to move water through Lot 63 along the north perimeter of the lot and re-grade the area to move water along the property lines at Lots 50 and 63 to a new yard drain on Lot 63. Mr. Werner explained that the plan is designed to lessen the impact on adjoining properties however property owners were not able to come to a consensus. Property owner Josh Verhagen submitted a memo to be considered by the Commission. A motion to receive the memo and place it on file was made by Sundelius, seconded by Feldt. All members voted aye. Motion carried. Mr. Sundelius explained that Mr. Verhagen’s preference was to locate the swale entirely on Lot 63. Mr. Jakel asked about a possible elevation change on Lot 64. Mr. Werner explained that elevation changes would range from approximately 2 feet to less than one foot. Mr. Werner explained that trees along the lot line complicate the plan and the original plan was not always followed as a result. Mr. Moore asked who would be responsible for the work. Mr. Jakel explained that the City’s obligation is to install the inlet, all other work is at the homeowner’s expense. Mr. Werner explained that the majority of the work to be performed would include filling, cutting and excavation. John Schreiner, 1509 Windsor Lane, explained that his preference was to keep the height on the rear lot line as it is today. He intends to work through the required changes but does not want to encounter problems in the future. Mr. Werner asked if an easement should be placed on Lot 63 to confirm what was agreed to. Mr. Sundelius explained that the specifics should be memorialized on the plan. The owner of Lot 63 agreed with the proposed plan. Mr. Werner explained that he would incorporate the requirements into the agreement. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the revised drainage plan for Windsor Court and the release of the storm water easement was made by Sundelius, seconded by Feldt. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
There being no further business to be brought before the Commission, a motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:50 p.m. was made by Feldt, seconded by Sundelius. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
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