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June 19, 2021

5/19/2021 9:41:00 AM
Commission, neighbors hear plans for Hallada subdivision

Greg Jewell of Jewell and Associates discussed the proposed Hallada Subdivision with the Town of Dodgeville planning commission Monday night as the first step in a lengthy approval process for the 19 lot project.
The subdivision is proposed for the Hallada property located a stone's throw from the Dodgeville city limits on land west of Lehner Road extending to Brue Road and the highway. Lot sizes in the 19 plots are set at two acres.
That could change a little if the property abandons a proposed cul de sac which would become a roadway, giving landowners two ways to enter and exit. If the road replaces the cul de sac the sizes of the affected lots would be 1.7 acres.
Supervisor Curt Peterson, who sits on the planning commission, said he is not a fan of cul de sacs.
"We have seven of them in the township and they are a nightmare when it comes to snow removal," he said. "It takes three times as long to plow a cul de sac than it does a through street."
Planning commission chairman Larry Nelson felt Peterson had a point and cited the truck parked in the town garage where the meeting was held.
"We have to be able to get that thing to be able to maneuver through the snow without problems," Nelson said.
It was also pointed out that emergency vehicles would have to be able to service the area and may have problems without a clear entrance/exit pattern.
Mike Pittz, who lives where the change in the road would come out asked that the exit stay away from where car lights would be shining into his window.
"I've seen that happen before," he said."I don't want to have to have my shades drawn all the time."
Dan Judd and another farmer with land around the property were concerned about a potential noise ordinance.
"When it is time to get into the fields I will be out there at 5:30 a.m. running machinery," Judd said.
Another farmer agreed and said when it is time to plant her husband will also be out early.
Peterson said there is no noise ordinance for farmers as there is a state right to farm act that has been passed.
Jewell, whose firm is working with the Halladas and had conceptual drawings for the board and neighbors to look at, discussed the intricacies of changing to a road instead of a cul de sac and with drainage, noted it is all doable but he would have to check with the developer about the potential changes.
Planning commission approval is the first step in the project. The Town Board will also have to approve then it moves to the county level for more steps and approvals.
The planning commission approved the preliminary plat with potential changes.
The commission also gave approval to Dave and Tim Gollon for the rezoning of about 70 acres from AB-1 to A-1 for use by horses and other animals.
A portion of the Roy and Cindy March Revocable Trust property will be rezoned from A-1 Ag to AR-1 Ag Residence for a home which the builder said would include an easement for entrance to the property. He was advised to get a perpetual easement in case the farm was sold.
A request for Randall Ridge LLC rezoning of a parcel presently A-1 Ag for a second farm related residence was approved with conditons by the commission.

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