hired Lisbon Town Planner Daniel J. Lindstrom explains to
Town Chairman Joe Osterman a new ordinance relating to the
controversial Barnwood residential development near Lake
Five and Silver Spring roads.
Kelly Smith/Special to The Freeman
OF LISBON — Town Chairman Joe Osterman was surprised — perhaps
even shocked — as he gazed at a virtually empty Town Hall
meeting room before a public hearing Thursday night relating to
the controversial Barnwood residential development.
thought we would have an hour of public hearing,” said Osterman,
who had expected a large crowd at the meeting.
all, at the last two meetings about Barnwood, the meeting room was
packed wall to wall, standing room only, with about 40 residents
of adjacent neighborhoods objecting to the 52 lot-75-acre
development near the intersection of Lake Five and Silver Spring
only person attending Thursday night’s public hearing was a
reporter for The Freeman.
hearing lasted about 40 seconds.
The Lisbon Plan Commission was
surrounded by empty seats Thursday night when no one except
a reporter showed up for a public hearing on an ordinance
related to the controversial Barnwood residential
development along Lake Five Road.
Kelly Smith/Special to The Freeman
during the commission meeting, commissioners and newly hired
planner Daniel J. Lindstrom spent about 75 minutes in a section by
section review of a new ordinance, the subject of the public
hearing, that is being created because of the Barnwood
the town approved a zoning change and a conditional use for the
development, the town’s attorney advised that the Town Board
must create a special planned unit development district before the
development can receive final approval.
instead of a proposing an ordinance specifically for the Barnwood
development, Lindstrom is developing a proposal that could be
applied to several different kinds of future developments.
is for more than just Barnwood,” Lindstrom told the commission,
“this is for other projects that will be coming down the
cited the 150-acre multiuse residential and commercial development
along Hwy 164 that has been proposed by Neumann Companies as an
said the existing town code does not provide for such a large
multiuse development, but the newly created planned unit
development special district code might be able to accommodate it.
of the reasons the town hired Lindstrom, who is employed by the
engineering and planning firm Vierbicher of Madison, is to assist
town officials in dealing with complex development proposals that
are expected to be submitted in the future, according to Osterman.
said a public hearing scheduled for the Town Board meeting on Jan.
22 will be canceled as a result of Thursday’s meeting.
said they want to further review Lindstrom’s proposal on a
Feb. 1 commission meeting before making a recommendation to the
board will hold a public hearing on the commission recommendation
before voting on whether to adopt the new ordinance.
the ordinance is adopted, then a special district specifically for
the Barnwood development can be proposed, according to Lindstrom.
Mark Meyer described the new ordinance as “a big change for
is complicated stuff,” he added.
think it will put us in a better position in the event of
litigation with conflicts such as Barnwood,” added Commissioner
neighbors in the residential developments adjacent to Barnwood are
objecting there are too many lots that are too small that pose too
many water quality, noise pollution, land value and traffic hazard
all the lots in those subdivisions are approximately one acre
(42.000 square feet) in size while 13 Barnwood lots are about one
acre and the remaining 39 are about 30,000 square feet.
also admonished Lindstrom to craft the new ordinance “as clear
and as unambiguous as possible.”
like to try to eliminate as many questions as possible,”