Planning Board 5-12-11 minutes Print E-mail


7:30 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building


No New Business to be Conducted Past l0: 00PM

Mr. Lipari welcomed the public and applicants to the Montville Township Planning Board hearing of May 12, 2011 commencing at 7:30 p.m. and asked that all present please turn off all cell phones during the proceedings. 



STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE - read by Ms. Johansen



Board Members:

Mr. Maggio- present                              Mr. Karkowsky - present

Mr. Sandham - present                                      Ms. Nielson - present   

Mr. Lipari - present                               Mr. Lewis - present

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

Mr. Visco - present                               Mr. Tobias (alt#2) [1] (AE)

Mr. Canning - present

Board Professionals:  NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND

Board Attorney:                        Michael Carroll, Esq.- not present (AE)

Board Engineer:            Stanley Omland, PE, Omland Engineering - not present (AE)

Board Planner:              Joseph Burgis, PP, AICP, Burgis Associates - present

Township Staff:

Principal Planner / Secretary:     Meghan Hunscher, PP AICP - present
Recording Secretary:                 Liz Johansen - present




**Art Maggio entered at 7:35 p.m.




Board of Adjustment

Gary Lewis  

Mr. Lewis reports that Lake Valhalla application is carried to the June meeting.

Board of Health

Larry Tobias

Mr. Tobias absent, no report.

Environmental Commission

Vic Canning 

Mr. Canning has no report.

Water & Sewer

Arthur Maggio 

Mr. Maggio has no report.

Historic Preservation Commission

John Visco 

Mr. Visco has no report.

Design Review Committee

Deb Nielson  

No report

Site Plan/Subdivision Committee

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

Waivers and sign concepts wee reviewed at the 5/12 meeting

Economic Development Committee

Jim Sandham, Tony Speciale

Mr. Sandham & Mr. Speciale have no report.

Open Space Committee

Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson & Jim Sandham

No update

Master Plan/COAH 3rd Round

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

Mr. Lewis states that the zoning ordinance is on schedule and will be presented to the full board late summer or early fall

Cross Acceptance Committee

Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari  

No update.

Highlands Legislation Review Committee

Gary Lewis

Mr. Lewis has no update.

Fire Department Districts

Russ Lipari – Towaco;

Tony Speciale for Pine Brook;

Art Maggio for Montville

Mr. Speciale states there was a joint meeting to discuss county dispatch.  Mr. Lipari and Mr. Maggio have no updates.



Mr. Lewis states that there is now a ten year review cycle on the Master Plan Reexamination instead of the former six years. Mr. Speciale questioned if the new owner moved into 331 Changebridge Road.  The lawn is overgrown. Ms. Hunscher will investigate. Mr. Karkowsky questioned the maintenance of 321 Changebridge Road.  Ms. Hunscher states there is a $200,000 bond secured by the owner, but needs to be posted. The attorney requested six months to repair the parking lot and an additional six months for the landscaping. Mr. Lipari questioned the status of the Milan property.  Ms. Hunscher states the property is for sale.  Mr. Speciale states that a portion of the parking lot should be taken to widen Hook Mountain Road for any subsequent application. 

Ms.  Hunscher indicated that Lowes will be filing an amended site plan.  The applicants will be requesting to construct three (3) buildings instead of the two (2) previously approved.  The overall square footage of the property would remain the same.  Also, the NJDOT formally denied the island on Bloomfield Avenue.  The Township Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss the cul-de-sac options for Maple Avenue.

The Technology Committee is also investigating ways to reduce paper and also increase transparency and public involvement.  There will opportunities for the Planning Board to take advantage of the projector and screens that will be installed within the next year.


Mr. Lipari opened the hearing for public discussion at 7:45 p.m.  There being no one wishing to be heard, the public hearing was closed on a motion by Mr. Lewis and seconded by Mr. Karkowsky. 


1) The Planning Board heard presentation by Ms. Kathy Fisher and Mr. Michael O’Brien regarding Historic Society courtesy presentation for Morris Canal Park along Emery Lane. Ms. Kathy Fisher states that they presented to the Township Committee and received approval.  The next step is to order signs.  Mr. Sandham indicated that the same presentation was made to the Township Committee earlier in the month and the Committee supported the proposed design and signage. 

2) The Planning Board heard a presentation by the Historic Preservation Review Commission representatives Ms. Kathy Fisher and Mr. Michael O’Brien regarding the re-naming or W. Serafin Wa to.  “Mandeville Road.”  They explained that the HPRC had not received notice of the subdivision in advance until after it was approved and deeds were filed. 

Board members discuss the implication to homeowners and paperwork necessary if the change were recommended.  Ms. Nielson states that there are already two people living on the street and currently have deeds.

Because more information is required, a motion was made by Ms. Nielson to table this discussion, seconded by Mr. Sandham and so carried.

3) The HPRC representatives also presented a request to the board to endorse a grant application that would provide funds to investigate inclusion of additional properties on historic listing known as a Cultural Resource Survey. 

The grant application is now due on June 1.  The HPRC would hire architects to survey the areas and sights and make recommendations. Ms. Fisher would like to update the historic list and submit to the Planning Board for approval.

The board members supported the endeavor and Mr. Lipari requested a motion. Motion made by Mr. Lewis to approve the grant application for cultural resource survey, seconded by Mr. Visco and so carried.



There were no waivers to come before the board.



Michael Carroll, Esq. – Trust for: $1,181.75, $651.25, $1,653.75 (Pinto), $675, $877.50, $810, $96.25, $33.75, $168.75, $236.75., $33.75, $405, $33.75

Burgis Associates – O/E for: $101.25; Trust for: $168.75, $1,147.50 (Pinto), $405, $641.25, $33.75, $270, $607.50, $270

Omland Engineering – Trust for: $1,586.25 (Pinto), $2,430 (Pinto), $540, $202.50, $405, $168.75, $127.50, $135, $126.50, $67.50, $1,325 (RBR), $202.50, $270, $776.25, $135

Johnson, Murphy -Trust for: $135

Motion made by: Mr. Hines

Seconded by: Ms. Nielson

So carried.



There were no resolutions to adopt.


There was no correspondence to be discussed.



Planning Board Hearing - April 14, 2011 - eligible:  Mr. Maggio, Mr. Sandham, Mr. Hines, Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Special, Mr. Tobias

Motion made by: Mr. Lewis

Seconded by: Mr. Karkowsky

Approved as presented and so carried.

Planning Board Master Plan subcommittee meeting - April 18, 2011 - eligible: Mr. Lewis, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Karkowsky

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowsky

Seconded by: Mr. Lewis

Approved as presented and so carried.

Planning Board subcommittee meeting - May 2, 2011 - eligible: Mr. Lipari, Mr. Visco, Mr. Karkowsky, Ms. Nielson

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowsky

Seconded by: Ms. Nielson

Approved as presented and so carried.



There were no LOI/DEP Notifications to be discussed.



There were no legal updates to be discussed.



There was no old business before the board.



1) Barn Theater - replacement sign.


The Barn Theater is looking to put up a replacement sign to post notices and announcements of upcoming performances. 

Motion made by: Mr. Karkowski

Seconded by: Mr. Visco

So carried.




There were no concepts brought before the board.



There being no further business to discuss, on a motion made by Mr. Sandham, seconded by Mr. Hines, and so carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Liz Johansen, Secretary

Certified true copy of minutes adopted at Planning Board meeting of May 12, 2011.


Meghan Hunscher, Sec.

[1]  Absent with explanation


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