Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Zoning 10/15/2010

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Sawyer County Zoning Committee Public Hearing

October 15, 2010


Zoning Committee Members

 James Bassett, Chairman

 Fred Zietlow, Vice Chairman

 Warren Johnson

 Bruce Paulsen

 Chuck Gunderson

 Dale Thompson - Alternate


Zoning Administration

 Dale Olson, Zoning Administrator

 Cindy Yackley, Deputy Zoning Administrator

Thomas J. Duffy, Corporation Council



       1)  Call to Order and Roll Call

      Bassett calls the Public Hearing before the Sawyer County Zoning Committee                               to order at 8:30 AM. in the Sawyer County Courthouse, 10610 Main St.,   Hayward, Wisconsin. Roll is called finding present:  J. Bassett, F.Zietlow and            W.Johnson.  B.Paulsen and C.Gunderson are absent.  From Zoning &       Conservation:  D. Olson and C.Yackley and Corp Council Thomas J. Duffy.

2)      Statement of Committee and Hearing Procedure.

      Those persons wishing to speak will be afforded the opportunity provided they      identify themselves and have completed a testimony form.

3)      Statement of Hearing Notice.

      Public Hearing Published as a Class 2 Notice in accordance with Chapter 985 of    the Wisconsin Statutes in the Sawyer County Record on September 28th and         October 5, 2010.







1)         Town of Hunter – Walter Nied et ux. Part of the SW 1/4 NE 1/4, S36, T 40N, R 7W; Parcel 3.7.  Doc# 332851. 1.85 acres. Property is zoned Residential/Recreational One. Permit is desired for the construction of a 56’ x 26’ accessory building on vacant property.  Olson reads the application into the record and presents the maps. The Town Board has denied the application with additional comments. Five opinion letters were sent out. Of those, 1 returned with no objection. Roger Pawles, representing the Nied’s states that the Nied’s would like to construct a pole building on property they own across the road from their home and it would be used for personal storage of boats and cars. He presented a diagram of the proposed layout to the committee. Leonard Eckerly, Chairman of the Town of Hunter spoke regarding the town’s comments and why they denied the application saying that there was no one to answer questions that the town board had. When asked if the town would be willing to rehear the application if the committee were to send the application back to them, Eckerly stated that he thought they would because the only reason it was denied was because there was no one to answer their questions regarding the location, size, color, materials, etc. Discussion held on placing some conditions on the request.

Motion made by Zietlow, Second by Bassett to approve the application contingent upon the town boards approval and that a deed restriction tying both parcels together must be recorded in the Register of Deeds prior to construction; there shall be no commercial storage (personal use only); the walls shall not exceed 10 feet in height; if the town board places more restrictions on their approval other than these, the application must come back to the Zoning Committee for further review; if the Town Board denies, the application is denied by the Zoning Committee. Motion carried.

Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.



2)         Town of Hunter – Jack E. Harris. Part of the NW 1/4 SW 1/4, S3, T 40N, R 7W; Part of Parcel 10.1.  Volume 442 Records page 164. Approximately 15 acres out of the total 40 acres. Property is zoned Agricultural One. Permit is desired for a three (3) year renewal of conditional use permit #02-023 for the location/operation of a non-metallic mineral extraction, including screening, which was approved at public hearing on October 18, 2002; and renewed on August 15, 2008. Olson reads the application into the record and presents the maps. The Town Board has approved the application. Nine (9) opinion letters were sent out, of those 1 returned with no objection.  There was a complaint received about camping trailers parked on the property and that people were living in them. Olson presents photos of the site. The complaint was not on the  pit location but another property south of the pit and it’s determined that the two issues should be handled separately.  Harris was present and stated he only hauls sand out of the pit. That his fees are all paid up and that the DNR said he should have someone watching the pit all the time because he ends up with a lot of stuff that people just dump off.  He needs a place to put that stuff until he can haul it away. So he keeps a flatbed trailer there for that purpose. The camping trailers are used by the two people who watch the pit for him and Harris uses one camper as an office. 

Motion by Zietlow, second by Johnson to approve the application.

Motion carried.

Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values; owner must maintain compliance with the provisions of NR135.


Olson tells Harris that he’s in violation and that no one is to be living in the campers.










1)         Mike Jones – discussion on rentals

Jones addressed the Committee regarding a complaint he has with his neighbor renting out her home. Jones felt this was a commercial type use in a residential neighborhood and a conditional use permit should be required. Discussion was held regarding past discussions and surveys conducted on short term rentals and whether the county wanted to get involved in regulating these types of businesses. It’s determined that this issue should be placed on the December agenda for further discussion.


2)         Discussion was held on the single public hearing case scheduled for November and the cost involved hearing that one case. The discussion was on the Town of Winter’s  three year renewal of their conditional use permit for their gravel pit. It’s determined to give the Town of Winter an extension up to 45 days and the conditional use renewal put on the December public hearing. If there are more hearing requests involving renewals and expiration dates and if it’s the only case scheduled, Zoning is to place the request on the agenda for an approved extension until the request can be heard at the next public hearing.

Motion by Zietlow, second by Bassett to extend the Town of Winter’s CUP up to 45 days (so the permit doesn’t expire) and to place the application on the December public hearing schedule. Motion Carried.



Motion by Bassett, second by Johnson to adjourn. Motion carried.



Minutes prepared by Cindy Yackley, Deputy Zoning Administrator