A meeting of the City of Kaukauna Plan Commission was called to order at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020, by Chairman Penterman.
Members Present: Feller, Moore, Penterman, Schoenike, Sundelius, Thiele.
Also Present: Planning Director Jakel, City Attorney Davidson, Project Engineer Neumeier, Applicants.
Absent and Excused: Feldt.
- Excuse the Absent. A motion to excuse the absent Commission member was made by Moore, seconded by Thiele. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Minutes. A motion to approve the minutes of the June 4, 2020, meeting was made by Moore, seconded by Feller. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Nickels Farm Concept Plan. Jakel explained that the property includes extensive wetlands that can be mitigated per WDNR regulations. The development will include 27 single-family lots with Lots 1 through 7 matching up to existing single family homes in the back and Lots 17 through 27 adjoining the proposed recreational space. In addition, there will be one pony field and three Little League fields with parking to accommodate 210 stalls – which would be sufficient for hosting tournaments. Mr. Jakel explained that a two-acre storm water area would be required to accommodate the development and the eventual extension of residential to the south. Mr. Jakel explained that Lots 8 through 12 and 16 include extensive wetlands and the owners would need to be aware of potential large street assessments. The assessments could impact the asking price but they are large lots which could accommodate larger homes and the wetlands could be incorporated into the landscaping. Mr. Jakel suggested a 20-foot gap for access to the two-acre storm pond between Lots 16 and 17 which could also accommodate pedestrian access to the park. Chairman Penterman asked about the smaller size of Lots 10 compared to the surrounding lots. Mr. Jakel explained that Lot 10 is still an average size lot for the surrounding area. Mr. Schoenike asked about maintenance responsibility for the owners of lots adjoining wetlands. Mr. Sundelius explained that the Storm Water Utility covers the cost of pond maintenance. Mr. Schoenike asked about access to STH 55. Mr. Sundelius suggested asking the WDOT to pay for turning lanes off the state highway and suggested securing a permit now for the option in the future. Mr. Moore asked if the fields could accommodate softball and soccer as well and suggested that signage reflect the multi-use option. Mr. Jakel explained that the fields could likely be used for softball and youth soccer has adequate facilities with the ability to expand. Mr. Sundelius suggested eliminating Lots 24 through 28 to free up space for the recreational area and investigating revenue loss versus more parking and additional green space. Mr. Sundelius explained that the sharp 90 degree turn would calm traffic but would be difficult to navigate and the ADA requirements for corner lot crosswalks and ramps could be better accommodated by pushing the corners back and flattening the ramps. Mr. Moore asked if the fields would be lighted. Mr. Jakel explained that he did not anticipate lighting however that would be up to the Council to decide. Mr. Sundelius asked about an agreement between the City and youth baseball regarding payments, use of the facilities, lighting, etc. Mr. Jakel explained that all items are yet to be determined and the Council will be involved in the platting process as owners of the property. Mr. Neumeier explained that the consultants are handling the storm water items and there have been no concerns on our end. A motion to direct staff to proceed with the preliminary platting process taking into consideration the items noted above was made by Moore, seconded by Feller. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Two Lot CSM adjoining East 18th Street – Griesbach. Jakel explained that it is the intent of the applicant to acquire Lot 2. An existing house on Lot 2 and the new lot will both meet all setbacks and requirements. There are no easements to note. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the CSM as presented was made by Schoenike, seconded by Moore. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Three Lot CSM adjoining Ridge Court – Williamson. Mr. Jakel explained that the proposed lots would be very large and will meet all regulations and setbacks. An existing utility easement will continue through the front yards. Chairman Penterman asked about access to the lots. Jakel explained that they are accessed through Ridge Court. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the CSM as presented was made by Thiele, seconded by Schoenike. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
There being no further business to be brought before the Commission, a motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:40 p.m. was made by Moore, seconded by Sundelius. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
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