Planning Board Minutes 4-14-11 Print E-mail


7:30 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building


No New Business to be conducted past 10:00PM


Mr. Maggio – present                                        Mr. Karkowsky - present

Mr. Sandham – present                                     Ms. Nielson – (AE)

Mr. Lipari – (AE)                                              Mr. Lewis – present

Mr. Hines – present                                          Mr. Canning – (AE)

Mr. Visco – (AE)                                              Mr. Speciale (alt #1) – present

                                                                        Mr. Tobias (alt #2) – present




Mr. Lewis, Vice Chairman, presided as chair due to Mr. Lipari’s absence. 


a)   Board of Adjustment – Gary Lewis reports that Lake Valhalla has been carried to the next meeting in May.

b)   Board of Health – Lawrence Tobias has no report.  The board meeting was cancelled for April.

c)   Environmental Commission – Victor Canning absent, no report.

d)   Water & Sewer – Arthur Maggio has no report

e)   HPRC – John Visco absent, no report.

f)    DRC – No update.  Ms. Hunscher indicated that the DRC is cancelled for April.

g)   Site Plan/Subdivision Committee – Ladis Karkowsky states that the next meeting is April 21, 2011.

h)   Economic Development Committee – The farmers market was investigated as a possibility, but Mr. Speciale reports that he spoke with some local farmers and they would not be interested in participating.   Organic farming was approved by the Township Committee. 

i)    Open Space Committee – Jim Sandham reports the Township was awarded a grant for $450,000 for use on new acquisitions or previous acquired properties.  A draft OSRP plane has been released and will be presented to the Planning Board in June. 

j)    Master Plan/COAH 3rd Round – Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson, Gary Lewis, John Visco.  The committee will meet on April 18 to discuss the signage ordinance. 

k)   Cross Acceptance Committee – Ladis Karkowsky & Russ Lipari.  No report.

l)    Highlands Legislation Review Committee – Gary Lewis gave no report.

m)  Appointment to Fire Department Districts – Russ Lipari – Towaco, Tony Speciale – Pine Brook and Art Maggio – Montville – Russ Lipari, no report, Tony Speciale, no report Art Maggio, no report.  Mr. Schaub retired and the district is looking to rehire a replacement. 


Mr. Lewis opened the meeting to the public and seeing no one that wished to be heard, closed to public on motion made by: Mr. Karkowsky, seconded by: Mr. Tobias and so carried.


Mr. Karkowsky states that the property at 321 Changebridge Road is still in disarray and has not been improved per conditions of approval. Ms Hunscher will check if there is bonding on the property and provide a report with updates and if any enforcement action can be taken. 


Montville recipient of NJPO “Achievement in Planning” award for 2011 for Towaco Center Master Plan.  Ceremony is May 5, from 6:30-9:30pm in Woodbridge.  Gary Lewis, Ladis Karkowsky and Ms. Hunscher will be attending.

Mr. Tobias requested that Ms. Hunscher resend the annual ethics form. 


Burgis Assoc. – Trust for: $337.50

Michael Carroll, Esq. – Trust for: $472.50, $472.50, $101.25, $33.75, $506.25

Omland Engineering – O/E for: $202.50; Trust for: $135, $337.50, $405, $67.50, $168.75

Johnson, Murphy – Trust for: $45, $165

Anderson & Denzler – Trust for:

Motion to approve made by: Mr. Hines

Seconded by: Mr. Maggio

So carried



There were no resolutions to come before the board.


There was no correspondence to come before the board.



Minutes of Master Plan Subcommittee March 23, 2011 – eligible: Mr. Lewis, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Visco, Mr. Karkowsky, Ms. Nielson

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowsky

Seconded by: Mr. Lewis

Approved as presented and so carried.

Minutes of Planning Board March 24, 2011 - eligible: Mr. Maggio, Mr. Visco, Mr. Canning, Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Tobias, Mr. Lipari

Motion made by: Mr. Speciale

Seconded by: Mr. Karkowsky

Approved as presented and so carried.




There were no DEP matters to come before the board.




21 Brook Valley Road – HPRC application. Jurisdiction is with the Planning Board to instruct Zoning Officer to approve or deny zoning permit.  Ms. Hunscher summarized that Mr. Minoia changed the roofline to accommodate the HPRC. The HPRC was satisfied with the changes and issued a resolution indicating unanimous approval.

Mr. Lewis opened the meeting to the public and seeing no one who wished to be heard, closed the meeting to the public on motion made by: Mr. Speciale and seconded by: Mr. Tobias and so carried

Mr. Sandham made a motion to approve the application and have Zoning Officer issue zoning permit for exterior modifications to residence. 

Seconded by Mr. Karkowsky and so carried on roll call of 9-0 to approve. 



Mr. Lewis explained to the board that the budget, as requested, had been reduced by the Township Committee.  Ms. Hunscher indicated that the amount requested was $47,400 and that $34,200 was appropriated.   Mr. Sandham explained that the Township Committee made this reduction due to the expectation that a revised Housing Plan would not be required in FY 2011 and if that were the case, the governing body could always issue an emergency appropriation. 

Additionally, the Township Committee felt that the Township Attorney could prepare any ordinances under their retainer agreement as opposed to spending additional funds on the Board Planner for preparation of these ordinances.



There was no other business to come before the board.




There being no further business to discuss, on a motion made by Mr. Hines, seconded by Mr. Maggio, and so carried, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Liz Johansen, Secretary


Last Updated ( Monday, 23 May 2011 )
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