MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP MASTER PLAN SUBCOMMITTEE
8:00 a.m. Start
Minutes of August 11,
Mr. Karkowsky - absent
Ms. Nielson - present
Mr. Lipari - absent
Mr. Lewis - present
Mr. Visco -
Also Present: Joseph
Mr. Burgis reviewed the current status of the overall Land Use
Plan; he is synthesizing the various corridor studies and reports into a
single, comprehensive Land Use Plan. He expects the document to be completed by
mid-September. The Committee agreed that the Towaco Master Plan should be
incorporated into the overall Land Use Plan, but kept as a stand-alone
The Committee welcomed Bill O’Dowd, Brian O’Dowd and Jeff
Albanese. Mr. O’Dowd attended the
meeting to comment on the Route 202 Corridor Study. Mr. Burgis recapped the
history of the study and the development process of the study.
Mr. O’Dowd stressed that there is only a single client
interested in the site…Quik Chek at the light. He reiterated that he is willing
to provide the stated access road in conjunction with the site development. The
site must have a gas station to be viable.
MP Chair Lewis re-affirmed the overall Master Plan process,
which involved dozens of properly-noticed public meetings of the Subcommittee
in addition to several public Planning Board workshops and ultimately the
public hearing. There was absolutely no expert testimony provided at any point
in that process indicating that the draft recommendations were wrong or
incomplete. No additional expert testimony received today to enable the
Subcommittee to re-open the discussion at the Planning Board, which adopted the
Corridor Study unanimously.
Mr. O’Dowd reiterated that there was insufficient economic
incentive in the current plan; Mr. Burgis disagrees. The Plan reflects not just
the current building climate, but also the long-term planning health of the
community. Mr. Burgis reiterated that
the avenue for a development application contrary to the Master Plan was
rightfully the purview of the Zoning Board, and that any property owner is
welcome to plead the specifics of any lot for relief.
MP Chair Lewis promised to convey the results of the meeting
today with the full Subcommittee, and that there was simply not any new
information to re-visit the approved study area.
At that point, all invited guests left the meeting.
Several unanswered questions from the previous Subcommittee
meeting were reviewed in Mr. Burgis’ August 6th memo, specifically
the southern stretch of Changebridge
Road, an existing residential stretch on Old Bloomfield Avenue,
and the Lake Valhalla area. Mr. Burgis is to review
the existing lot frontage behind Bonefish on Old Bloomfield Avenue for ownership and
feasibility for re-zoning from R-15 to commercial to allow a rear entrance.
For the next rendition of the plan, Mr. Burgis will have a
draft map and recommendations for the protection of the existing residential
community character and a delineation map around Lake Valhalla.
The Subcommittee and Mr. Burgis agreed that the Plan
deliverable would be in Montville
no later than 9/22. The Subcommittee will reconvene at 8:00 a.m. on 9/29….Land
Use to provide Sunshine Notice.