MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
of October 20, 2010
Ron Cain, Jr. Margaret
Miller – Sanders
Vreeland Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2
Ron Soussa Deane
Jennifer Horowitz Alexander
Schancupp – alt #1
Committee: Jim Sandham; Deb Nielson
Board Liaison: Tony Speciale
Planning Board applications update
BOA application Holiday /
Briar Hill - proposed signage size is an issue with the board.
Mr. Gannon requested PB look at rezoning Market Place
property as part of master plan process.
Update - master plan draft will be
released in November.
Website Development – update:
Committee would like to have vacancy list posted on the website
Temporary Sign Policy – Additional
improvements to the sign policy are being discussed by the subcommittee.
1. 2011 Budget discussion - $500 budget for 2011. Mayor Sandham also recommended that the
committee present funding needs to governing body if a need arises for special
projects to assist in economic development of the Township.
2. Presentation from Tony Barile introducing Meghan Hunscher and
outlining her responsibilities to the EDC.
Ms. Hunscher will be handling meeting minutes and agendas.
Adoption of EDC minutes of 9-15-10 – Eligible: Cain, Soussa,
Horowitz, Miller –Sanders, Driscoll, Kachmar.
Motion to approve: Ron Soussa;
Seconded: Margaret Miller Sanders; Roll call: unanimous.
Suggestion that letter from
Township Committee be prepared commending the landscapers who decorate the
“Welcome to Montville”
signage at Township gateways.
Soussa discussed need to evaluate zoning flexibility to First
Industrial vacant property for sale on Route 46 due to retail potential. Parking issues may need to be addressed.
Ms. Hunscher discussed developer
inquiries regarding various properties in the Township, including the approved
Lowe’s site on the former junkyard and the O’Dowd property, as well as in the Towaco Center
area. There is interest by grocers in
the Township, both supermarkets and niche specialty grocers. Change of tenancy applications are brisk,
despite vacancies in town, areas are leasing up or leases are turning over,
including subdivision of space in industrial areas. Contractors have an interest in a number of
properties to have offices and store a few service vehicles.
Ms Hunscher also raised the
prospect of retaining retail and economic development consultants to provide
insight and expertise to guide the Committee’s and Township’s efforts in
economic development. Formation of a
subcommittee was discussed to interview the prospective consultants.
Meghan Hunscher, PP AICP