This report received from Dick Malmin, Town of Linn resident and activist:
This information about the impending rezone for the Hunt Club in Linn Township is being given to help the Plan Commission and Town Board to make a more informed decision on the rezoning application. It is important to know the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions shows The Hunt Club to have been in existence since 2011, as a public offered LLC. Its parent corporation is Nippersink Creek Lodge, whose web info shows that it has been on the web to generate business since 2014. It is clear Mr. Crandall has been running a basically illegal commercial venture for quite some time in Walworth County on this property, by building without first getting permits.
The next discrepancy in Mr. Crandall’s application is that he spoke with Mr. Severt “about one year ago” to go public. DFI records refute this assertion. Mr. Crandall does not specify exactly when he went to Walworth County and learned of his violations, and since he “failed to grasp the magnitude of these violations,” he “permitted” other structures to be built in violation of the ordinances. This conduct is disturbing since Mr. and Mrs. Crandall are members of the Professional Builders Commission of Chicago. As a member of this commission, contractors are made fully aware of the need for permits and inspections; Mr. Crandall apparently chose to act in violation of the ordinances. Furthermore, that building on the property was built within the 2016- 2018-time frame. Mr. Crandall admitted to permitting more structures to be built after finding he was already violating ordinances, as revealed by Walworth County Authorities. On July 9, 2018, Mr. Crandall dissolved both LLCs just prior to the August 27th Plan Commission, in an apparent attempt to appear as if he was just seeking a conditional use for ‘family and friends’ to hunt.
By statute, Mr. Crandall already has the ability to hunt/shoot on his own property with his friends; providing he does it in a safe manner. So, no conditional use permit is required on his agricultural land. He simply can’t be a business. Oops, as a renowned businessman, he was probably aware he was in violation of ordinances with a business on that property. Finally, the application for rezoning shows some legal descriptions and a full property mapping of the 160 acres that he owns. The fact that another 80-acre parcel is adjacent to the 80 acres he is seeking to rezone is indicative of a new trend, for circumventing permit boundaries and extending the “project” area.
The legal opinion, in respect to this new trend, shows that the court has determined the mapping taking in all the property is identified as the “project area” (Golden Sands Dairy v. Town of Saratoga). Also, be aware that Mr. Crandall’s signage is located on the entire 160 acres, identifying that whole property as the Hunt Club. Misrepresentations, and willfully violating ordinances aside, the Town of Linn has the right to deny this rezoning application based upon current zoning and the Comprehensive Plan: State Statutes 60.61 states: “The Town must demonstrate that its decision to approve or deny the permit is supported by substantial evidence.” I believe the above information and the attached documents serve as substantial evidence to deny.
Cartoon by Tery O’Neill