Economic Development Committee Minutes 11-17-10 Print E-mail





Ron Cain, Jr. - present                          Margaret Miller – Sanders - present

Everett Vreeland - present                                 Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2 - present

Ron Soussa - present                                        Deane Driscoll - present

Jennifer Horowitz - present                               Alexander Kachmar (excused absence)

Arnold Schancupp – alt #1 – present                           


                        Township Committee: Jim Sandham – excused absence;

Deb Nielson (alt) - present

                        Planning Board Liaison: Tony Speciale  - present



            BoA & Planning Board applications update

Mr. Driscoll discussed the on-going “no show” issue with the BOA; Ron Soussa inquired about why the board limits the applicants to one hour.  Deane indicated that two additional hearings will be added in 2011. 

Mr. Speciale discussed the Rails application was approved and that the master plan draft is available to review.  December 9, 2010 is the public hearing and all are invited to attend.  He also suggested that the Planning Board look at the impervious coverage requirement for decks be eliminated. 

            Master Plan Update

The draft master plan is available.  Ms. Hunscher brought a copy for the members to review.  It is also posted on the website.  Mr. Vreeland and Mr. Cain requested CD versions. 

            Website Development – update

Mr. Driscoll discussed the need for updates on the website.  Ms. Hunscher asked for specifics.  These included the vacancy list and areas in town that would be candidates for redevelopment.  Ms. Horowitz questioned whether the effort to maintain a vacancy list was necessary since realtors and developers already knew of this information in their networks.  Also, politically it might be untenable to post suggested areas for redevelopment on the Township website, especially if they have not been designated as such. 

            Temporary Sign Policy  

Ms. Horowitz indicated that she had spent a lot of time and effort into updating with suggested revisions the 2009 policy, but had not received a response from subcommittee members.  She was understandably upset that no one had responded with constructive comments to provide guidance on the policy.  The committee decided to have Tony Speciale bring it up at the next Planning Board meeting and Ms. Hunscher will add it to the agenda for 11-22 to discuss extending the policy and/or modifying it.  Ms. Hunscher will also circulate the modified policy. 

            Update on developer inquiries

Ms. Hunscher reported that there is interest being generated in the Lowes pad site (40K), possibly a grocery store; developers are interested in property including the Pine Brook Motel and the O’Dowd property; there have been some discussions regarding rezoning and tenants are leasing up space and in some cases there is a turnover of tenants in existing strip commercial centers. 



Subcommittee formation to evaluate consultant(s) for retail analysis an economic development

A subcommittee of Ms. Miller-Sanders, Mr. Vreeland, and Mr. Driscoll was formed to meet with the retail analyst consultant along with Ms. Hunscher to determine whether this would be useful to the Township and if a proposal should be solicited.  Ms. Hunscher will reach out to the consultant to set up a time. 


Adoption of EDC minutes of 10-20-10 – Eligible: Cain, Miller – Sanders, Vreeland,  Seidel, Driscoll, Soussa, Horowitz, Schancupp, Kachmar


Motion: Mr. Driscoll

Seconded: Mr. Vreeland

Roll call: unanimous


Ron Soussa recommended that a suggestion be made to the Township Committee to reduce the sign permit fee for real estate signs from $150 to $25.  A motion was made by:

Motion: Ron Soussa

Seconded: Maggie Miller-Sanders

Roll call: unanimous

A presentation was made by Brad Bischoff of Sovereign Bank about how his bank actively seeks to make loans to small businesses to expand

Mr. Driscoll asked the committee to spread the word that the Montville Kiwanis located at the United Methodist Church Route 202 has a food pantry available to those in need.

Ron Soussa asked that the planning and zoning board agendas be forwarded to the committee; however in an effort to reduce clutter on everyone’s inbox, the agendas are posted on the Township website for review.


Meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Hunscher

Meghan Hunscher, PP AICP

Principal Planner

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