Large parcel rezone passes
The St. Croix County Board agreed last week to rezone 600 acres in the town of St. Joseph from Agricultural to Ag-Residential.
The land, owned by John and Georgine Schottler, is located at 1374 County I, Somerset.
Rezoning such a large parcel of land "is not a minor occurrence," said former Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Ron Raymond, as he asked for more information before voting.
The request came with the support of the Town Board, and most of the land in the town of St. Joseph is already zoned Ag-Residential, replied Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Wallace Habhegger.
He said the Schottlers don't intend to change the use of the property immediately.
"That's really all we know," said Habhegger, adding that no one spoke against the rezoning at the hearing.
St. Joseph has a land management plan, said Raymond, who wondered if that plan shows this land as Ag-Residential.
The county doesn't pull out a town's plan every time rezoning is requested, but usually just relies on the Town Board's recommendation, replied Code Administrator Robert Bezek.
"We don't call their motives into question," he added.
"These townships aren't extremely rural anymore," Habhegger pointed out, adding that St. Joseph is one of the more "urbanized" towns in the county.
The resolution to rezone the property passed unanimously.
In other business, the board voted to rezone:
--Thirty-seven acres in the town of Troy from Agricultural to Ag-Residential. The land, located at 225 County F, Hudson, is owned by Tom and Renee Patnode. A subdivision is planned.