Town sees no reason to deny resident’s request, but says remaining parcel will remain for agricultural use
The Town of Belgium Plan Commission decided to allow a resident to divide his home from the rest of his property in the first such case under the Farm Preservation Program the town adopted last July.
The commission last week unanimously voted to allow Jeremy Spriggs, 7246 Hwy. LL, to divide five to seven acres of his land — on which home and buildings are located — from the overall 57.39-acre parcel that is zoned A-1 in the Farmland Preservation District.
The commission in July tabled the issue to tap into the expertise of Ozaukee County Director of Planning and Parks Andrew Struck.
“I’m a big believer in talking to people who know more than I do about this,” commission member and Zoning Administrator Charlie Parks said.
Two sections of the town’s zoning ordinances address the request, one outlining uses allowed on land zoned A-2 and the other outlining requirements for rezoning A-1 Farmland Preservation land.
Spriggs’ parcel is zoned A-1.
Uses allowed for land zoned A-1 and A-2 are identical, Parks said, aside from A-2 allowing energy conversion systems.
In order for A-1 land to be rezoned to A-2, three conditions must be met:
• The land is better suited for a use not allowed in A-1.
• The rezoning is consistent with the town comprehensive plan and Ozaukee County certified farmland preservation plan.
• The rezoning will not substantially impair or limit agricultural use of surrounding parcels or land zoned for agricultural use.
“I see no reason not to allow (the division),” commission member Al Poull said.
“This is not designed to stop progress,” Parks said. “Farmers need a place to live. If they have land, they should be able to build a home on it.”
Town Chairman Tom Winker said it’s important that only the smaller parcel is allowed to have buildings.
“We want to be very sure that there’s one buildable lot on the 50 acres,” he said.
Spriggs could return to the commission with a request to rezone the rest of his land, but the town could turn that down.
“The town never has to rezone, but if a farmer wants to build a home, there needs to be a balance,” Parks said.
The commission agreed to rezone five to seven acres of land that includes the residence and outbuildings from A-1 to A-2. The actual acreage will be determined later. Spriggs will need a certified survey map.
A public hearing and a vote by the Town Board will be held at a later date.