Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 16:30
New plan gives officials freedom to back requests for family land divisions
The Town of Saukville Plan Commission is settling into a pattern of reviewing and approving simple land divisions that were previously not allowed.
Prior to last yearâ€™s adoption of the 2035 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, officials felt hamstrung when requests were made for divisions of less than 35 acres.
That restriction would have prevented consideration of a pair of family requests recently presented to the town.
This month, the Town Board approved dividing 15 acres from a 55-acre parcel on Highway I owned by Marlene and Donald Tesker. The land division was requested by their grandson, Michael Tesker, who intends to build a home on the site.
The Plan Commission had recommended the land division.
The commission also made a conceptual review of a land division proposed by Margie Goeden-Chapman near the intersection of Shady Lane and St. Finbarâ€™s Road.
Goeden-Chapman told the planning board she hopes to divide a 10-acre parcel at the bend in Shady Lane into two five-acre lots, which will be given to her two daughters in her will. Her son Richard already has a home on a five-acre parcel to the north.
Goeden-Chapman said the land, which is adjacent to Daly Lake, has been in her family for 112 years and has long been used as a vacation getaway.
â€śThe land has much meaning to our family,â€ť she told the commission.
With the backing of the planning body, Goeden-Chapman was told to return with a certified survey map finalizing the land division.
Town officials said the leeway allowed in the land-use plan has been effective in the preservation of farmland while accommodating smaller development.
â€śWe allowed five-acre lots for decades, but there was a period when we had to live by the 35-acre minimum, which virtually eliminated all growth,â€ť noted commission member Ginnie Pierson.
â€śWe donâ€™t want to go back there, but there was a time when the leadership of this town didnâ€™t want to see anything built here â€” zero,â€ť echoed Town Chairman Barb Jobs at the October commission meeting.