Thursday, February 3, 2011

Judge Seeks More Information In Bayfield County Lawsuit

Ashland Current February 2, 2011 by Andrew Broman

A decision on whether to allow for the rezoning of land in the Town of Russell for the construction of a resort community with a private airfield could take a few more weeks, according to a lawyer representing a group seeking to prevent the rezoning.

A hearing Wednesday resulted in Bayfield County Judge John Anderson requesting more information about the rezoning issue, according to Shari Eggleson, who represents the Bayfield County Committee for Responsible Land Use.

The citizen group's lawsuit takes issue with the Bayfield County Board's decision in March to rezone 380 acres from agricultural and forestry land to agricultural, residential-recreational, and commercial use. The rezoning would accommodate a private, fly-in community called Waypoint, planned by CFS, LLC.

The citizen group says the case is the first time in Wisconsin that a zoning decision has been challenged due to a perceived inconsistency with a comprehensive plan. Wisconsin's comprehensive plan law took effect on Jan. 1, 2010 and declares that zoning actions of towns and counties must be consistent with locally generated comprehensive plans.

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