Economic Development Committee Minutes 4-20-11 Print E-mail

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

MINUTES OF APRIL 20, 2011

8:00AM

 

ROLL CALL

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

Everett Vreeland - present                                Deane Driscoll - present

Ron Soussa - present                                        Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2 - absent

Jennifer Horowitz - absent                                Arnold Schancupp – alt #1 - absent

Alexander Kachmar - absent                                                                                       

Liaisons:

            Township Committee:   Jim Sandham - present; Deb Nielson (alt)         

Planning Board Liaison:             Tony Speciale - present

            Environmental Commission:       Monica Mianecki - present

Township Staff:            

Meghan Hunscher, PP - present

 

Also in attendance:

            Gary Lewis, Planning Board representative - present

           

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

A.                BoA & Planning Board applications update

a.       Deane Driscoll - BOA

Deane Driscoll reported that Lake Valhalla Club was continued to next month.

b.      Tony Speciale - Planning Board     

c.            

Tony reported that no major applications have been heard.

B.                Master Plan & Zoning Ordinance Update

Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance revisions are on schedule and on-going.

C.                Subcommittee Reports

None to report

D.               Speaker - RICK VANDERBECK FIRST INDUSTRIAL

Mr. Vanderbeck gave an overview of his background and his experience working on real estate leasing in New Jersey.  He recommended that Montville EDC reach out to brokers and hospitals directly to market location and existing vacant facilities.  Suggestions include surgical centers, rehabilitation centers, wellness centers and the like.  He also indicated that educational facilities including satellite locations and training centers could be a good use in the Township.

Overall vacancy rates in the State are high for office and commercial, although there are a few key spots in New Jersey such as Raritan Center that attract industrial tenants.  Montville competes with surrounding municipalities, including Parsippany, and needs to be competitive.  Rick suggested Montville designate redevelopment areas that would give owners incentives to redevelop property given special loan packages and lower tax rates.

Also, he suggested that land use boards in Montville evaluate their image that is seen from outside as being difficult to developers. He also suggested that boards be upfront with developers about expectations for property development so that businesses can anticipate the cost.  Certain conditions, such as a sound barrier for First Industrial property, can cost businesses thousands of dollars and it may dissuade them from moving into Montville. 

E.                Other initiatives        

a.       Organic farming on municipal open space - Ron Soussa

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

APPLICANTS

MINUTES

Adoption of EDC minutes of 3-16-11 – Eligible: Ron Cain, Jr., Margaret Miller – Sanders, Everett Vreeland, Deane Driscoll, Ron Soussa, Kevin Seidel, alt. #2, Jennifer Horowitz, Alexander Kachmar      

Motion to approve: Deane Driscoll

Second: Ron Soussa

Roll call: unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Hunscher, PP

Principal Planner

 

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