Plan Commission

The Plan Commission is responsible for investigating and making recommendations pertaining to zoning, land use and regulations within the Township that align with annual goals set by the Plan Commission and Town Board. (You can view current and past Plan Commission goals here.)

Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Gibraltar Town Center. Each member serves a three-year term that ends in January. Meeting agendas and minutes can be accessed here.

Chairperson

Linda Merline

3588 Peninsula Players Rd Fish Creek WI 54212

Phone: (920) 868-3453

Member

Don Freix

8305 Quarterline Rd Fish Creek, WI 54212

Phone: (920) 868-9513

Member

Tom Blackwood

8593 Lundberg Woods Fish Creek WI 54212

Phone: (920) 868-3641

Member

Brian Hackbarth

P O Box 766 Fish Creek WI 54212

Phone: (920) 495-3387

Member

Len Adent

PO 368, Fish Creek, WI  54212

Phone: (414) 403-2650

Goals:

Each year the Plan Commission is tasked with a series of goals set at the annual joint meeting of the Plan Commission and Town Board. View past goals and the progress of current goals here.

Comprehensive Plan:

In September 2001, the Town of Gibraltar began the process of preparing a comprehensive plan in accordance with Wisconsin’s Smart Growth law. The plan was prepared by the Town Plan Commission with help from the Plan Commission sub-committees with help from Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, and approved by the Plan Commission, Town Board, and citizens of the Town of Gibraltar.

This plan is the first comprehensive plan for the Town of Gibraltar and prepared to meet the requirements of Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law (1999 Wisconsin Act 9) and adopted under the authority granted by Section 66.1001 of the Wisconsin Statures. The comprehensive plan is a policy document that provides a specific guide as to where future conservation, growth and development should occur within the community. The plan should be consulted when the Town makes decisions concerning land use and other issues impacting the development of the Town. This plan is scheduled to be updated in 2024.

You can view the current Comprehensive Plan here.

Upcoming Items of Interest...

 

Green Tier Legacy Communities Informational Discussion

6/25/19 - There was a presentation about the Green Tier Legacy Communities at the June Plan Commission meeting. The meeting is June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Town Center (4097 Main Street).

What is the GreenTier Legacy Communities program? It's a unique partnership between Wisconsin communities, non-profit organizations, and state agencies focused on advancing sustainable practices. Members work together to share information and work towards sustainable practices. The mission of the Charter is to assist municipalities to move faster and to go further with their sustainability goals.

A PowerPoint presentation about the benefits of becoming a Green Tier Legacy community was presented at the meeting. A pdf of that same presentation can be downloaded here.

Additional Resources & Information

Green Tier Legacy Communities website: https://greentiercommunities.org/

Green Tier Legacy Communities presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6SqFVrgqHA

 

(Photo credit: Green Tier/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

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Fish Passage Design Concepts Public Meeting Recap

6/18/19 - Miller Engineers & Scientists was retained by the Town and asked to create design concepts for the Fish Creek fish passage. At this public meeting, they presented three design concepts for the culvert, as well as two design concepts for dam should the Town ever acquire control of the dam.

Culvert Concept Design Options

Option 1:  Box Culvert Converging Baffles (SELECTED BY THE TOWN BOARD)

This design allows fish passage through the box culvert by altering the downstream apron and creating current breaks within the culvert. Alterations of the downstream apron consist of cutting a trench through the apron and replacing this section with three elongated 6" steps.

Converging baffles will be cut out of the existing concrete "curbs" along the interior of the box culvert with the addition of approximately four wooden baffles on the downstream and upstream end of the box culvert.

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Option 2: Box Culvert Block Baffles

This design option allows fish passage through the box culvert by altering the downstream apron and placing baffles within the culvert. Alterations of the downstream apron consist of cutting a trench through the apron and replacing this section with three elongated 6" steps.

Alternating timber baffles will be installed within the interior of the box culvert to provide current breaks fish "resting areas". A total of eight baffles (four on each side) are proposed.

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Option 3: Box Culvert Channel Cut

This design option allows fish passage by altering the downstream apron and interior of the box culvert. Alterations consist of removing concrete from the downstream apron through the box culvert and replacing it with a constant sloped concrete channel.

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Dam Concept Design Options

Dam Option 1:  Half Mile Dam Bypass Meander

This design option allows fish passage through a small meandering stream, approximately 300 LF around the dam. The bypass meander provides fish passage without alterations to the dam itself.

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Dam Option 2:  Half Mile Dam Structure Modifications (SELECTED BY THE TOWN BOARD)

This design option allows fish passage through the existing dam with modification of dam structure. Alterations consist of  saw-cutting a v-notch in the center of the dam, which is presently a weir. This design option also allows for variable flow through the dam, as well as maintaining the structure. Ponding of water behind the dam is still anticipated, however the size of the pond would be reduced.

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