Planning Board Masterplan Subcommittee 10-14-10 Print E-mail


October 14, 2010

7:00 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building


Mr. Karkowsky - present

Ms. Nielson - present              

Mr. Lipari  - present              

Mr. Visco  - present

Mr. Lewis   - present


Also Present:    Joseph Burgis, PP, PB Board Planner;

Meghan Hunscher PP, Township Principal Planner


Members reviewed the remaining half of the draft Land Use Plan Element submitted by Burgis Associates.  Mr. Burgis presented a hand-out “Outline of Changes to Draft Land Use Plan Elment.”  The majority of the changes were technical in nature, however there were a few substantive changes that addresses Lake Valhalla and sites identified to satisfy Montville Township’s affordable housing obligation. 

Mr. Lewis indicate that there was initially and expectation to update the entire master plan, including all of the plan elements, both required and option, per the Municipal Land Use Law.  There was an informal poll and a unanimous agreement that Burgis Associates should prepare the additional elements.  General discussion regarding those elements ensued.

Ms. Nielson requested additional information on grants from the Highlands.

There was discussion about a time table that involves presenting the draft to the full board in early November and have a public hearing in late November and early December.

Additional discussion regarding the contents of the Land Use Element includes:

1.       A policy statement to address the neighborhood character of Lake Valhalla as opposed to the creation of bulk standards (e.g. FAR) to control structure size.

2.       Continue the investigation into the Pennick property and potential linking with adjacent property to divert traffic to Route 202.

3.       There was discussion regarding the current zoning of the Pennick property.  Currently the R-20 designation remains.

4.       There was discussion regarding the Market Place at Montville property on River Road (Block 124, Lots 19, 20, 20.01) for which the owner requested a re-zoning request be considered from residential to commercial as part of the master plan process.  The property is currently zoned for single family residential and is constrained by environmental conditions.  In his professional opinion, Mr. Burgis discussed office as a potential alternative zoning option. 

The next master plan subcommittee meeting will be held on November 3 at 7 p.m. at town hall. 

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Hunscher, PP

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