Amendatory Ordinance No. 05-A3
Amendment to Section H : Land Use
Element, Comprehensive Plan of the Town of
Whereas the Town of
Whereas a public hearing has been held on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 in compliance with the requirements of section 66.1001(4)(d) of the Wisconsin Statutes;
Whereas the Plan Commission
of the Town of
The Town Board of the Town
Page H-1 under Executive Summary:
family farm and farmland in the Town of
· Guide the future growth of the Town in a planned fashion
· Plan for the provision of necessary public services
· Protect the natural environment
Preserve the rural atmosphere in the Town of Arena
Page H-2 under Land Use Policies:
The Town of ·
Continue to review all criteria included in the Land
Use Section. (At a minimum the Town
Board and Plan Commission will review the development density (1 per 40 acres)
and minimum lot size (5 acres) by January 1, 2006.)
Page H-2 under Farm Preservation:
3. Limit non-farm development
on productive farmlands (lands having a history of farming activity including
cropland and pasture land)
and /or lands containing soils defined as Class
I, II, or III soils as designated in the Soil Survey Report for .
One exception to this policy will be granted to allow an owner of a farm prior to January 1, 1985, to build on a maximum 5 acre parcel of productive farmland, contingent upon that parcel being bordered on two sides by a roadway or property line, and the owner has an available building site based on the residential density standards.
Restrict the location of new private driveways or roads through the Town
New private driveways or roads shall not be permitted
to cross or dissect productive farmlands unless
allowed located along
existing line fences as of October
1985 January 1, 2005, or natural features such as a stream.
Page H-3 under Residential Development:
Allow a maximum of
four six homes to cluster in any given
No more than
six dwelling units will be allowed to cluster with abutting parcel
boundaries or on a shared driveway. 2.
No more than four dwelling units will be allowed to
cluster with abutting parcel boundaries or on a shared driveway. (Duplicate Statement)
5. All future
mobile homes in the Town of
a mobile home on that site has been humanly occupied since
January 1, 1985.)
H-5 under Town of
Farm: A farm unit providing a person or family with
at least 30 percent of their taxable income (depreciation may be added back
into the farm income) from agricultural products or goods produced on the farm. Farm-Related
Dwelling: A dwelling for a person or
family providing at least 30 percent of the total labor necessary to operate
the farm. Farmlands: Lands having a history of farming activity
(including cropland and pastureland) or lands containing soils defined as Class
I, II, or III soils as designated in the Soil Survey Report for Animal
Unit: One animal unit shall be defined as being equivalent to 1 cow, 4 hogs, 10
sheep, 10 goats, 100 poultry, 1 horse or 1 pony. Farm
Unit: Farm buildings, structure, and/or
dwellings arranged in a cluster served by a common driveway and meeting the
definition of farm provided herein. Mobile
Home: Manufactured housing built on a
chassis and designed to be transported.
A mobile home shall be construed to remain a mobile home whether or not
wheels, axels, hitch or other appurtenances of mobility are removed and
regardless of the nature of the foundation provided. A mobile home shall be construed to include
travel trailers and other forms of recreation vehicles set up for occupancy.
H-5 under Town of
following performance standards have been developed to implement the Town of
1. The existing County Zoning Ordinance and Sanitation Ordinance
2. A Town of
3. A Town of
4. A Driveway Ordinance
Page H-5 under Driveway Standards:
1b. Two (2) to
four (4) six (6) maximum dwellings on a shared driveway
require a 16’ roadway width. The maximum
grade slope must not exceed 10 percent with a horizontal curve radius of 40’.
2. Driveway Construction will not be permitted
to bisect farmlands except within the one (1) acres of the building site. In cases where there is no other option,
driveway construction may be permitted within fifty (50) feet of line fences as
October 1985 January 1, 2005
or other natural feature currently dividing farmlands.
3. Driveways may be shared but shall be limited
to provide access to no more than
(4) six (6) dwelling units or parcels.
Any driveway proposed for joint use shall be required to have recorded
multi-party access easements and maintenance agreements reviewed and approved
by the Town.
9. Grading for driveway construction will be
required to preserve or match the natural contours of the site. Driveway alignment should follow the natural
terrain. Grading should attempt to
retain existing trees and other natural vegetation to stabilize hillside
The maximum grade of cut and fill slopes shall be 3 horizontal to 1
vertical. The top and toe of the
slopes shall be rounded to avoid additional erosion. Any cut and fill slopes greater than 3 to 1
will require the construction of a retaining wall, rip-rapping or similar soil
stabilization technique. Erosion control
measures shall be required to be planted with permanent vegetation to reduce
soil erosion. The Town may require the
preparation of construction and erosion control plans approved by a registered
engineer of the Iowa County Soil Conservation Service Office.
Page H-6 under Building Standards:
person, firm, or corporation shall construct or locate any building or
structure listed below in the Town
None of the following building or structures shall be
constructed, erected, or located within the Town of
a. Principal buildings or structures as defined in the Iowa County Zoning Ordinance.
b. Recreation cabins
accessory building, storage buildings not related to a principal building or
use of the site.
c. Agricultural confinement buildings meeting the standards in number 8 of the Farm Preservation Policies.
Page H-6 under Variances:
1. Where, in the judgment of the Plan Commission and the
Town Board it would be inappropriate to apply literally the provision of the
exceptional or undue hardship would result, the requirements may be
waived or modified to the extent deemed just and proper. All such variances will require the approval
of the Town Plan Commission and the Town Board.
The reason for any variance or modification shall be stated in writing
and entered in to the official minutes of the Town.
Page H-6 Add Section D Fees:
· Residential building permit $1000
· Recreational building permit $100
· Driveway permit $500
· Rezoning fee $250
· Land division fee $250
· Conditional use fee $250
· Mobile home replacement fee (excluding mobile home parks) $100
Adopted by the Town Board of
the Town of
Robert Murphy, Chair, Town of
Laurie Ziebarth, Clerk, Town
Date Posted: 12/12/2005