Bayfield County Committee for Responsible Land Use has challenged the decision by Bayfield County to approve a rezone of 380 acres on Compton Road in the Town of Russell from A-1 and F-1 to R-RB, C, and A-1 to accommodate a large, private, fly-in community, and multiple commercial entities planned by CFS LLC, a Minnesota Limited Liability Corporation with no previous development experience. The case will be heard in Judge Anderson’s courtroom on February 2, at 9 am.
This is a landmark case. It is the first time in Wisconsin that a zoning decision has been challenged due to its inconsistency with the comprehensive plan. The State comprehensive plan law, which took effect on Jan 1, 2010, declares that all zoning actions of towns and counties must be consistent with locally generated comprehensive plans.
According to the CFRLU lawsuit, “The comprehensive plan developed by Bayfield County’s elected officials, residents and consultants is a sound one, and if implemented, will advance that and the other goals outlined in the law and serve its residents well. The decision to rezone the CFS property, however, not only does not advance the plan or most of its objectives, it overtly conflicts with them, in violation of Wis. Stat. § 66.1001(3), and should, therefore, be reversed.”
The Compton Road property is located in a rural, forested area in the Town of Russell, 5 miles south of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area. The acreage consists of approximately 70% saturated soils and is located adjacent to North Pikes Creek, a class I trout stream, and the wetland complex that surrounds the creek. Pikes Creek is an important source of water for the Les Voigt State Fish Hatchery located adjacent to the creek mouth at Chequamegon Bay.