Planning Board Minutes 3-24-11 Print E-mail

 

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD

7:30 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building

MINUTES OF THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2011

No New Business to be Conducted Past l0: 00PM

Welcome to the Montville Township Planning Board hearing of March 24, 2011 commencing at 7:30 p.m.

Please turn off all cell phones during the proceedings.  Thank you.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

 

ROLL CALL

Board Members:

Mr. Maggio-entrance noted        Mr. Karkowsky-present

Mr. Sandham-absent                 Ms. Nielson-absent                               

Mr. Lipari-present                     Mr. Lewis-present

Mr. Hines-absent                      Mr. Speciale (alt#1)-present

Mr. Visco- present                    Mr. Tobias (alt#2)-present

Mr. Canning-present

Board Professionals: 

Board Attorney:                        Michael Carroll, Esq.- present

Board Engineer:            Stanley Omland, PE, Omland Engineering (NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND)

Board Planner:              Joseph Burgis, PP, AICP, Burgis Associates (NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND)

 

SWEARING IN OF PROFESSIONALS

REPORTS FROM BOARD LIAISONS:

COMMITTEE

LIAISON

COMMENTS

Board of Adjustment

Gary Lewis  

No report

Board of Health

Larry Tobias

No report

Environmental Commission

Vic Canning 

Arbor Day is Friday April 29. Ms. Hunscher ordered a free tree from the County

Water & Sewer

Arthur Maggio 

No report

Historic Preservation Commission

John Visco 

Meeting is March 28 and Mr. Minoia will be reappearing with revised architectural drawings

Design Review Committee

Deb Nielson  

No report

Site Plan/Subdivision Committee

Russ Lipari Chair, Ladis Karkowsky, Deborah Nielson, & John Visco (alt)

No report

Economic Development Committee

Jim Sandham, Tony Speciale

No report

Open Space Committee

Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson & Jim Sandham

No report

Master Plan/COAH 3rd Round

Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deborah Nielson, Gary Lewis & John Visco (alt)

The Master Plan subcommittee met 3/23 to discuss zoning ordinance.  Mid-year presentation is anticipated to the PB

Cross Acceptance Committee

Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari  

No report

Highlands Legislation Review Committee

Gary Lewis

No report

Fire Department Districts

Russ Lipari – Towaco;

Tony Speciale for Pine Brook;

Art Maggio for Montville

No report

 

PUBLIC DISCUSSION

 

Open to public discussion

Audrey Barnish spoke regarding her property at Route 202 and 287 and requested clarification as to process for consideration of re-zoning the property.  Mr. Lipari states that the constraints of the property were previously discussed at length and that the Planning Board subcommittee reached the same conclusion as during the master plan process that the property should remain residential.  Mrs. Barnish states that by not re-zoning her property, the board is spot zoning since there are other businesses in the area.  Mr. Karkowski referenced a colored land use map from the master plan that showed that the majority of the existing land uses in the area are residential.  Mr. Lipari suggested to Mrs. Barnish that she file a formal application with the Land Use office to have the property rezoned.

Mr. Ghandi – 56 Ridge Drive, Montville

Mr. Ghandi spoke regarding the property at 63 Route 46, Allbrand Tire, for which he has interested tenant or property owners.  He requested an update to the status of changing the zoning as part of the master plan.  Mr. Lipari indicated that the draft zoning ordinance is anticipated to be complete by mid-year.   Once the Township Committee adopts the ordinance, then the zoning will be changed. 

Close to public discussion

Motion made by: Mr. Visco

Seconded by: Mr. Canning

All in favor: unanimous

PLANNING BUSINESS

- Discussion regarding total budget for Planning Board 2011.

Ms. Hunscher presented a revised total budget for the Planning Board to consider that included funds for recording secretary and additional funds for a Housing Plan, ordinances, and funds for hearing attendance by the consultant Planner for the zoning ordinance.  Total budget proposed is $38,000.

A motion was made to request additional funds from the Township. 

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowsky

Seconded by: Mr. Lewis

All in favor: unanimous

*Mr. Maggio Entered

- Discussion regarding HPRC consultants and escrow.

Mr. O’Brien, HPRC Chair, and Ms. Fisher, HPRC secretary appeared and answered questions related to the proposal for consultant services. The Planning Board inquired as to budget and the HPRC indicated there was a proposed budget of $1500 for 2011. 

A motion was made to approve Connelly & Hickey as the architect to the HPRC in case their services are needed.

Motion made by: Mr. Visco

Seconded by: Mr. Lewis

All in favor: unanimous

- Discussion regarding grant for Historic Preservation element – Ms. Fisher and Ms. Hunscher will fill out the application for the grant.  The HPRC would like to include more properties on the local historic properties list.

A motion was made to recommend the movement of grant to the Township Committee.

Motion made by: Mr. Visco

Seconded by: Mr. Maggio

All in favor: unanimous

- Planning Board recommendation for wireless ordinance (March 8 - first reading by Township Committee)  

A motion was made to recommend the ordinance for approval.

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowsky

Seconded by: Mr. Canning

All in favor: unanimous

WAIVERS

PMISC11-12 Boori USA– 20 Chapin Rd. Unit 1001 – B: 183, L: 7.2 - office (2,923 s.f.)/warehouse (4,697 s.f.)/showroom/shipping of baby furniture – 6 employees – hours of operation 8am-5pm Mon-Fri – 1 UPS truck delivery daily – signage to be in compliance with approved theme (First Industrial)

Motion to approve made by Mr. Karkowski, seconded by Mr. Visco.  Roll Call: Mr. Maggio, Mr. Lipari,  Mr. Visco, Mr. Canning, Mr. Karkowski, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Tobias

PMISC11-13 GEM Ambulance – 101 Rt. 46 Unit 131 – B: 181, L: 1 – Office (1,480 s.f.) for medical transportation – 10 employees – hours of operation 24/7 – 2-3 ambulances parked in the rear of the building – no dispatch from site – signage in compliance with approved theme (white background with medium blue or dark grey lettering) (Rensselaer)

Motion to approve made by Mr. Speciale, seconded by Mr. Tobias.  Roll Call: Mr. Maggio, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Visco, Mr. Canning, Mr. Karkowski, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Tobias

PMISC11-15 Secure Energy Solutions – 115 Horseneck Rd. – B: 139.3, L: 7.3 – office (875 s.f.) for energy co – 3 employees – 9am-5pm Mon-Fri – replacing tenant name on monument sign same colors (Casha)

Motion to approve made by Mr. Lewis,  seconded by Mr. Karkowski.  Roll Call: Mr. Maggio, Mr. Lipari,  Mr. Visco, Mr. Canning, Mr. Karkowski, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Tobias

PMISC11-16 II-VI – 20 Chapin Rd. Unit 1008 – B: 180, L: 7.2 – expansion of existing space to allow for additional 1,690 s.f. office/4,710 s.f. warehouse  (currently 19,200 s.f. for a total of 25,600 s.f.) for research/development of crystals for semi conductor industry – 9 employees – hours of operation 7am-6pm M-F – no new signage (First Industrial)

Motion to approve made by Mr. Karkowski, seconded by Mr. Visco.  Roll Call: Mr. Maggio, Mr. Mr. Visco, Mr. Canning, Mr. Karkowski, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Tobias

PMISC11-17 Creative Salon Concepts – 20 Chapin Rd. Unit 1009 - moving from unit 1008 to unit 1009  - Office (1,643 s.f.)/warehouse (3,685 s.f.) for distribution of professional beauty products – 12 employees – hours of operation8:30am-5pm M-F – 2-3 box truck/UPS deliveries per day – no new signage (First Industrial)

Motion to approve made by Mr. Lewis,  seconded by Mr. Maggio.  Roll Call: Mr. Maggio, Mr. Visco, Mr. Canning, Mr. Karkowski, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Tobias

PMISC11-14 Jupiter Environmental Services – 323 Changebridge Rd. – B: 160.2, L: 19 – office (1,300 s.f.)/warehouse (8,700 s.f.)/outdoor storage of office trailer and construction equipment for asbestos abatement business – hours of operation 6am-9pm – 10 employees – no signage requested – propose 8’ chain link fence with privacy shield (Olympia Properties)

Appearing for the applicant:  Steve Schepis, Esq. and Pane Repic, owner

Mr. Schepis states that the owner would like to occupy the property and building as soon as possible.  He would like to install an 8’ fence and plants. A site plan  will be in approximately 90 days.

The board has numerous questions about the nature of his business and adherence to procedures to ensure no asbestos is brought back to the site.  Mr. Repic described in detail the procedures for cleaning the asbestos off the equipment including HEPA vacuum cleaners are used to clean the equipment. The owner states that no of the asbestos waste come to the site.  He is willing to keep log books and air sample test for inspection by the Township.

Ms. Hunscher indicated that a variance was necessary for the larger trailers.  Mr. Repic indicated that he will keep the larger equipment at a different location until the site plan is completed.  The board will allow up to four vans on-site and occupancy of the office.  They did not approve a fence or landscaping at this time. 

Motion to approve the use of the office and warehouse and parking for four vans only made by Mr. Karkowski, seconded by Mr. Lewis.  Roll Call:

 Yes - Mr. Maggio, Mr. Lipari,  Mr. Visco, Mr. Karkowski, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Tobias

No - Mr. Canning

Break: 9:16pm

Back from Break: 9:20pm

Mr. Canning left

PMISC11-11 Ajaco – 65 Rt. 46 – B: 184, L: 2 – office (1,528 s.f.) for towing company– hours of operation 7am-10pm 7 days a week – 12 employees – outdoor storage of 16 tow trucks and temporary vehicle storage to park inside and outside of building – no signage proposed

Appearing for the applicant:  Michael Sullivan from Stickel, Koenig & Sullivan and Michael McGown, PE and Mr. Cleffi, owner.

Mr. Sullivan states there are multiple buildings on the property and the property owner intends to file a site plan within two years anticipating site remediation.  Mr. McGowan, PE, states that Ajaco will have 1528 sf of office space.  There will be 6 employees on site, 1 clerical, 4 drivers and 1 owner.  Towed vehicles will only be stored inside the bays if the vehicles cannot be brought to alternate location.  13 to 16 tow trucks will be parked on the property. 

Mr. Sullivan states that the Health Department and the Pine Brook Fire Department have requirements that need to be met.

Mr. Lewis questioned owner, Jason Cleffi, if all statements are accurate.  Mr. Cleffi states they are.  Mr. Karkowsky questioned noise given the proximity to apartments.  Mr. McGowan states that the trucks will be parked on the west side of the property so there should be no complaints of noise.  Mr. Visco questioned if there will be marked spots.  Mr. McGowan states they were not planning on marking the spots, but will place signage designating parking for the tow trucks.  The existing Toyota vehicles will be parked in a more organized manner closer to the front of the property. Mr. Lipari questioned if new lighting was being installed.  Mr. McGowan states there is sufficient lighting in place already.

 

Motion to approve based on compliance with Health Department and Pine Brook Fire requirements made by Mr. Visco, seconded by Mr. Maggio.  Roll Call: Yes - Mr. Maggio, Mr. Visco, Mr. Karkowski, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Tobias, Mr. Lipari

Mr. Speciale recused himself.

 

INVOICES

Burgis Assoc. –Trust for: $708.75, $405, $101.25

Michael Carroll, Esq. –Trust for: $1,232.50, $405, $1,620

Omland Engineering –Trust for: $135, $438.75

Johnson, Murphy –

Anderson & Denzler –

Motion made by: Mr. Lewis

Seconded by: Mr. Visco

All in favor: unanimous

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Ms. Hunscher discussed the letter received from the Heller Group offering a donation in lieu of constructing the access driveway.  Mr. Carroll indicated that the board should not consider the offer.  Mr. Karkowsky reiterated that he wanted to see the access drive built due to safety concerns.

 

MINUTES

 

Minutes of Planning Board Subcommittee March 8, 2011 - eligible: Mr. Karkowsky, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Visco, Mr. Lipari

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowsky

Seconded by: Mr. Visco

Roll call: Yes - Mr. Karkowsky, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Visco, Mr. Lipari

Minutes of Planning Board March 10, 2011 – eligible: Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Sandham, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Visco, Mr. Lewis

Motion made by: Mr. Lewis

Seconded by: Mr. Karkowsky

Roll call: Yes - Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Sandham, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Visco, Mr. Lewis

LOI/DEP NOTIFICATIONS

 

None

 

LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

 

Township of White vs. Castle Ridge Development Corp: New published case regarding private roads.  Mr. Carroll states that Developers agreements need to be worded correctly with regard to requirements for plowing of roads.

 

OLD BUSINESS 

 

None

 

NEW BUSINESS

                                                                       

None

 

CONCEPTS

 

None

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

9:45pm

 

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowski

Seconded by: Mr. Maggio

Roll call: Unanimous

There being no further business the board unanimously adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Liz Johansen

Recording Secretary

Certified true copy of minutes adopted at Planning Board meeting of March 24, 2011.

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Meghan Hunscher, Sec.

 

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