MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Minutes of April 21, 2010
Ron Cain, Jr.- absent Margaret Miller – Sanders – present
Vreeland – present Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2 – present
Ron Soussa – present Deane Driscoll - absent
Jennifer Horowitz – present Alexander Kachmar – present
Arnold Schancupp –
alt #1 – present
Township Committee: Jim Sandham – present
Township Officials: Linda White, Land Use Administrator
BoA & Planning Board applications update
White updated EDC on current activities: She
noted there is a great deal more activity, that there were seven changes of tenants’ filings in
one week, and that the applications are
up from last year at this time.
She indicated Lowe’s is still
proceeding, and is working with the Township
Committee on vacation of easements to assist in furthering this project.
She indicated she has been in contact
with LaSala at corner of Jacksonville
& Rt. 202. His intent is to proceed
with construction. Mr. Soussa
volunteered he is waiting before building
until he acquires some tenants
She indicated that she has scheduled
Rails Steakhouse, a project consisting of
a restaurant and retail stores for the EDC meeting of May 19, 2010, noting their application is filed.
She noted the Quick Chek filing at the
Board of Adjustment asked to be rescheduled
to their July 7th meeting.
Mr. Soussa asked if Mrs. White could
post on the EDC agenda all of the
pending applications filed with the Board of Adjustment and Planning Board. After general discussion, Mrs. White will
attach copies of the EDC agenda to the
Planning Board and Board of Adjustment
agenda for distribution at the EDC meetings.
Master Plan Update
Mrs. White summarizes the Planning
Board Rt. 202 master plan document,
which public hearing on this
section of the master plan will
be held April 22nd. She
indicated this is an on going study in the
township’s comprehensive approach to the master plan process.
This component is review of the 202 corridor from Towaco to Boonton town line. A summary was presented of the various changes being considered. She indicated this document is posted on the web for the members to review,
and to offer comments. Mr. Sandham elaborated. The goals of the plan is to assist
in helping the EDC promote economic revitalization and continued growth while mitigating traffic concerns and delays along this corridor. Members were invited to attend.
Mrs. White said she had received no
update on the status of any changes
on website, other than there will be a company that will highlight various areas in the
community. She is not sure where this project lies.
White asked if there was any update on the documents she developed for posting on the web which
would serve as a guide to the
community, as well as several other welcome letters that could be posted on the web by the EDC and
the Township Committee. Mayor Sandham asked that they be sent again to
The Township Committee supported the
‘welcome’ letter that the EDC uses
when there is an interested business coming into the community. Mrs. White indicated she has sent out several, and that copies of these are generally
emailed to the membership.
– Mrs. Horowitz indicated that she felt the current
temporary sign policy should be reviewed voicing her input as to the types of signs that we may want to support and those we may
not want to. General discussion ensued,
resulting in a decision to form a
committee chaired by Ms. Horowitz, consisting of
Margaret Millers-Sanders from this committee and the Chamber, as well as Dick Vreeland from EDC. Ms. Sanders would speak with Chamber for some members from that
summarized that this current policy was established after many months of meeting and research of
other township’s signs and although it
didn’t reach the complete goals of Chamber, was a document that satisfied their concerns during the current economic climate. She was later
notified that Barry Braverman would
participate from Chamber.
White indicated she would confer with chairman of Planning Board for members to participate on
this subcommittee. Mr. Lipari and Mr. Visco will serve from Planning
Board membership. A tentative meeting is scheduled for May 5th
at 8:30AM subject to confirmation by
Adoption of EDC minutes of 3-17-10 – Eligible: Mr. Cain, Mrs. Horowitz, Mrs. Sanders, Mr.
Driscoll & Mr. Kachmar – adopted unanimously in a Motion made by Mrs.
Horowitz, seconded by Mr. Cain
Meeting adjourned unanimously in a
Motion made by Dick Vreeland, seconded
by Ms. Horowitz.