MINUTES OF DECEMBER
Cain, Jr., Chair Margaret
Everett Vreeland Kevin Seidel,
Nielson , Alt.
Speciale, Planning Board Liaison
ABSENT: Ron Soussa,
Jennifer Horowitz, Arnold
Schancupp, Alt. #1, Jim Sandham, Township Committee Liaison
Board of Adjustments application
update-Deane Discoll reported that Valhalla
made several applications, one for a lighted volleyball installation. This application and the others that were
presented will be dealt with differently once the zoning for this area is
changed pursuant to the Master Plan.
Master Plan Update- Deane
and Tony reported that at the Public Meeting the Quick Check applicant argued
before the Board that his application was being denied in an arbitrary matter.
The board pointed out that before the application was made the property was not
zoned for this type of use and that there were ordinances in place that would
prevent the requested use.
Trinity Baptist Church
sough the addition of a gymnasium.
Restaurant was approved.
Property owners of a parcel located
on Route 202 by the 287 entrance ramp requested that the zoning in the Master
Plan be changed to something other than residential. The Board will investigate this.
Montville Bagel was denied their
request for more time to complete the exit they had been required to create.
Website Development-Jane is
updating the vacancy posting on the Township Website.
Temporary Sign Policy-
Rather than design a Temporary Sign Policy, which is not the charge of the EDC,
the ordinance itself will be addressed
as part of the zoning ordinance revision.
Update on Developer Inquires-
Meghan will be asked to keep a list of inquires that she receives.
Deane, concerned about existing
building with vacancies, has offered to speak to Rick Vanderbeck at First
Industrial to see what he would recommend to the EDC to be more effective.
Tony stated that rather than ask
the interested parties seeking to move to Montville
what they need, we should be touting our new Master Plan which should be ready
in the next six months with revised zoning and ordinances in place. The EDC
should embrace the Land Use elements of the Plan and communicate it to realtors
Kevin suggested a catch phase
dealing with the new Master Plan to launch this event.
It should be introduced to
Commercial Realtors and developers as a new friendly and welcoming plan. A plan composed of clear rules so that
newcomers will know what to expect. It
was discussed that an event should be scheduled. Margaret suggested an “Open House”
throughout town with all landlords visible and a map showing available properties
given out to the realtors and developers.
Deb suggested a wine and cheese event
that could be hosted by a Commercial Landlord or Kevin graciously offered the
Chelsea Senior Living as an event location.
Deane Offered to talk to Ron Soussa
and other Commercial Realtors in town to see what they think of an event.
Deb mentioned how important it is
to get the Commercial Realtors on board since they have a vested interest in
making this work.
We briefly discussed the charge of
our committee and how it is to attract and keep businesses in town with the
goal to enhance current tax rates.
Subcommittee formation to evaluate
consultant(s) for retail analysis an economic development-Deane asked Deb if
there are municipal programs that could guide the EDC in this area. Deb will
investigate but thought there were DVDs available but the layout of the towns
is usually much different than Montville
MINUTES: On motion
made by Deane Driscall seconded by Everett Vreeland the minutes of the November
17, 2010 were unanimously approved.
Recap of 2010 and any follow-ups.
Discussion regarding a possible annual dinner
honoring business leaders-consider an event for Realtors and developers.
Signage regulations for new land
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come
before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 9:35 AM.
January 19, 2011 at 8:00AM
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