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Bayfield, WI, United States, 2010/10/06 - On October 5, the Town of Russell Plan Commission met for the consideration of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that was filed with Bayfield County last month by CFS, LLC (CFS) for the private airport at Waypoint.
Last night, the Town of Russell Plan Commission met for the consideration of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that was filed with Bayfield County last month by CFS, LLC (CFS) for the private airport at Waypoint. The evening marked the first of three public meetings as a part of the official review process for the request.
Upon opening the agenda item for the Waypoint CUP, commission member Tessa Levens moved to recommend denial of the request to the Town Board. Following more than an hour of public discussion, the motion to deny failed. Commission member Judy Meierotto’s motion to approve the request resulted in another two-to-two split with one abstention from member Rocky Tribovich, whose firm was hired to complete work at the Waypoint site.
The Town of Russell Board will consider the request on Tuesday, October 12th at 7pm. The request is also on the agenda for the October 21st public hearing and Bayfield County Zoning Committee meeting at 1pm.
In September, CFS filed a full Water Quality Certification application for the project with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). The revised plan reflects months of work with the DNR and ACOE to restore the wetlands, reduce noise, preserve the natural ridgeline and minimize overall impact on the land.
The proposed airport is designed for GPS landing of private aircraft by home, hangar and landowners of Waypoint. The proposed runway is reduced in length by more than 800 feet since the original plans to minimize the clearing area while still maintaining safe landing and takeoffs.
The airport is part of a master site plan for Waypoint, a residential community developed by land holding company CFS, LLC. Over the past three years, through a process of refining the vision, listening to local concerns and effectively addressing environmental challenges, a sustainable development has emerged. Waypoint (waypoint46n.com) seeks to provide an inspiring and safe access to the Bayfield area, bringing new semi-permanent residents and supporting long-term economic development through new real estate taxes and local spending.