Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebration and Our Work Continues....Issue being hurried through new process

Join Us at Stage North for our Celebration on February 28th. Live music- good times!

However, our work continues. The County is quickly ushering the issue through the requisite meetings. Here's the meeting schedule:

  • Town of Russell votes on rezone, March 9
  • Zoning Committee votes on rezone, March 18th
  • County Board votes on rezone, March 30th

The Shadow Wood Development rezone process, which has been described by the developer as the largest rezone in the history of Bayfield County, needs to provide the appropriate opportunity for public input, which was initially ignored, and to address the substantial issues relative to this project.

We, the citizens of Bayfield County, have the opportunity to vote for County Board members on April 6th. Be sure to mark your calendar and vote on April 6th.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Judge takes Bayfield County to task in Shadow Wood decision

Bayfield County Circuit Court Judge John Anderson, in his written decision in the case of Bayfield CFRLU vs Bayfield County, said Bayfield County proceeded under an "incorrect theory of law" when they agreed to rezone 380 acres of northern Bayfield County land using ordinary zoning regulations.

The Judge’s decision unambiguously reverses the rezone of the 380 acre CFS property. The county is chided for the “curious proposition” that it could fail to apply its ordinance but attempt to deny the challengers’ standing to correct that error. The judge declares that “the plaintiffs… have every right to seek enforcement of the laws governing” navigable waters.

The Bayfield Committee for Responsible Land Use (CFRLU) suit raised various issues contesting the validity of the County Board’s decision. However, the judge felt no need to address any issue other than the presence of navigable waters, because the Board’s failure in that matter was undeniable.

It is the position of the Bayfield Committee for Responsible Land Use that the County should start the process over from the beginning, with a new application, in order to provide the appropriate opportunity for public input, which was initially ignored, and to address the additional substantial issues relative to this project, which has been described by the developer as the largest rezone in the history of Bayfield County.

Read the Judge's decision, www.committeeforresponsiblelanduse.com/pdf/Written_Decision_Feb2010.pdf
Read the Ashland Daily Press article, www.committeeforresponsiblelanduse.com/pdf/Judgetakescountytotask.pdf

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Court sends Shadow Wood Landing rezone back to square one

Judge reverses zoning change and remands to Bayfield County

By RICK OLIVO
Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, Daily Press, Ashland, WI
Reprinted with permission

WASHBURN — Following about 40 minutes of oral arguments, Bayfield County Circuit Court Judge John Anderson Monday reversed a zoning change on 380 acres of land in Bayfield County's Town of Russell and sent the matter of Shadow Wood Landing back to the Bayfield County Board for reconsideration.

The rezoning is the first step in a planned exclusive fly-in development that would eventually include such amenities as a private airstrip, associated condominiums and a hotel complex. A Minneapolis-based group called CFS-LLC proposed the development and sought the rezoning changes needed to create the project.

Opposing the project is a group called "Committee for Responsible Land Use," made up primarily of area landowners, which asserts the project was developed arbitrarily and without adequate community input, does not meet requirements of the Town of Russell Land Use Plan and doesn't meet shoreland zoning requirements based on the presence of a navigable stream on the property. Anderson made his ruling based on only one of those three arguments advanced by the plaintiffs, the issue of shoreland zoning.

[Read the entire article]

Monday, February 1, 2010

Court finds in favor of Bayfield CFRLU

Thank you to everyone who came out early this morning to show support in the courtroom. And thank you to all who have supported our cause over the past year. The court ruled in favor of the Bayfield Committee for Responsible Land Use in our case against Bayfield County for the rezone of the CFS-LLC 380 acre property on Compton Road.

Watch this spot for details!