Bayfield, WI – The Town of Russell Plan Commission met October 5 for the consideration of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) filed with Bayfield County in September by CFS, LLC 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 7 p.m. The request is also on the agenda for the October 21st public hearing and Bayfield County Zoning Committee meeting at 1 p.m.
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.