Sherman approves land split

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

SHERMAN — A public hearing preceded the June 6 meeting of the Town Board.

A request had come from Jeffrey Hiller, who wants to split a 40-acre parcel. It is currently zoned A-1 (agricultural land preservation district). Hiller would like to divide this into a five-acre parcel rezoned A-2 (agricultural land preservation district, small-scale); a 15-acre parcel rezoned A1-PR (agricultural parcel remnants district), and the other 20 acres staying zoned at A-1.

Hiller intends to sell the five acre parcel to allow the purchaser to build a home.

From the audience, Mike and Larry Brumm asked for an explanation of the zones and how they worked.

“The ratio is basically one house per 20 acres,” Supervisor Patricia Horne explained.

But simply requiring 20 acres minimum to build a home would have two negative consequences.

First, if a person purchased those 20 acres, built a home, and decided not to farm it, that entire 20 acres will have been removed from farming.

Second, a person might not be able to obtain a loan for building a home on a 20-acre parcel, or otherwise be able to afford purchasing 20 acres.

This practice, developed a few years ago when Sherman’s Plan Commission met bi-weekly for over two years to review and rewrite the zoning ordinance, was to limit the density of homes to one per 20 acres. From a 20-acre parcel, if a few acres are split off to build a home (as in this case), the rest of that 20 acres, as Horne explained, would be rezoned to A1-PR, on which no home can be built under the current zoning ordinance.

Brumm expressed concern that more homes would be built and he wanted the area to remain rural. After a discussion of how the zoning works, Brumm said he felt more reassured.

The public hearing was adjourned, the regular meeting called to order, and the rezoning request was approved unanimously.

Other town business

The board unanimously voted to designate Town Line Road a Class B highway, so that a weight limit can be put on the road after it is repaired.

Supervisor Kris Klein reported that chip-sealing was done on Creek Road and Stoney Birch Road.

Walt Camp, agent for Rural Mutual Insurance Co., introduced himself to the board. Camp replaces agent Gary Fisher, who retired. Camp gave a long list of his background accomplishments and credentials.

A special board meeting was planned for Tuesday, June 27, to address a liquor license application.

The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, July 5. Meetings are typically the first Tuesday of the month, but July’s meeting was rescheduled to avoid the Independence Day holiday.

Clerk/Treasurer Rhonda Klatt said the Sheboygan County unit meeting of the Wisconsin Towns Association will meet at the Town of Rhine on Friday, July 14. Kevin Struck, who has worked with the town of Sherman in various capacities in the past decade, will speak at that event.

The clerk’s office will be closed June 19 to 21 and July 10.

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