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Planning Commission Meeting


Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
February 19, 2020
5:30 p.m.

Present:                Commission Chair Shannon Armel, Commissioners Keith Korbein, Mick McCormick

Zoning Administrator Dick Martin, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Michaele Korbein  

Absent:                Gervase Thompson, Ken Jax

Guests:                 None



Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at the Germantown Town Hall at 5:30 p.m.




Possible approval of meeting minutes

A motion was made by Keith Korbein, seconded by Shannon Armel, to approve the minutes from the February 12, 2020 meeting.  Motion carried 3-0.


Discussion and determination on whether or not changes to Island Lake PUD#19 constitutes substantial alteration of original plan

Discussion highlights:  Number of lots would change from 364 to 372 -why are lots being moved around and changing size?  Traffic flow and access discussed.  With limited access into the development, concerns about all the truck traffic and noise (for the duration of remainder of subdivision construction and of all future home construction) continuing for years going by the early finished homes.  Concerns about road construction during development stages, impact of continuous truck traffic on the new roads for continuing to develop the project as well as construct houses, maintenance of the then already well used roads, and turning over road at the end of project.  Is there a timeline or time limit to this development?  Keith Korbein made a motion that the changes to Island Lake PUD#19 do constitute substantial alteration of the original plan, seconded by Mick McCormick.  Motion carried 3-0.    Then the next step for this would be a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission and the Town Board.


Discussion of Pier lengths

At the February 11 Town Board meeting, Eddie Vince had asked to go from 80 feet to 120 feet for piers to get to navigable water for his customers.  Piers are currently addressed in the Shoreland Overlay part of our Zoning Ordinance, saying any pier requested for over 80 feet in length needs to go through the Conditional Use Permit process.   Josh Langen from Vierbicher had indicated this could be discussed as part of the zoning ordinance changes.  Changing length of a pier only addresses the length of the pier to get it to navigable water; it does not change how many slips were assigned by the pier planner, no matter the length of the pier.  Does the DNR need to get involved?  This may be addressed in the County’s updated Shoreland Ordinance, but the County is waiting for approval from the State.   Shannon will check with Josh Langen of Vierbicher on this.


Work session on zoning ordinance updates

Nothing discussed.


The next Planning Commission meeting could be March 11; possible joint public hearing for either March 10 or March 11.   



Keith Korbein made a motion, seconded by Mick McCormick , to adjourn at 6:10 p.m.  Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully Submitted,


Michaele Korbein

Deputy Clerk/Treasurer