Planning Board minutes 5-26-11 Print E-mail


195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building


7:30 PM Start

Mr. Lipari welcomed the public and applicants to the Montville Township Planning Board hearing of May 26, 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 Liz Johansen



Board Members:

Mr. Maggio1                              Mr. Karkowsky - present

Mr. Sandham1                           Ms. Nielson1                              

Mr. Lipari - present                   Mr. Lewis - present

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

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

Mr. Canning1

Board Professionals: 

Board Attorney:                        Michael Carroll, Esq. - present

Board Engineer:            Wayne Corsey appearing in lieu of Stanley Omland, PE, Omland Engineering 

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


Township Staff


Principal Planner / Board Secretary:       Meghan Hunscher, PP AICP - present

Recording Secretary                              Liz Johansen - present







Board of Adjustment

Gary Lewis  

Mr. Lewis has no report.

Board of Health

Larry Tobias

Mr. Tobias absent, no report.

Environmental Commission

Vic Canning 

Mr. Canning absent, no report.

Water & Sewer

Arthur Maggio 

Mr. Maggio absent, no report.

Historic Preservation Commission

John Visco 

Mr. Visco states that they have training occurring.

Design Review Committee

Deb Nielson  

No report; previous meetings have been cancelled

Site Plan/Subdivision Committee

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

Mr. Lipari indicated next meeting is June 1.

Economic Development Committee

Jim Sandham, Tony Speciale

Mr. Speciale states that Mr. Stan Omland spoke at their meeting and it was very informative.

Open Space Committee

Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson & Jim Sandham

Mr. Karkowski has no report.

Master Plan/COAH 3rd Round

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

Mr. Lewis has no report.

Cross Acceptance Committee

Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari  

No report.

Highlands Legislation Review Committee

Gary Lewis

Mr. Lewis states that there were a number of changes to the appointments that may have an effect on direction of Highlands.  Mr. Burgis reports there were 3 new appointees this week and Montville is awaiting review of plans submitted.  Following this, a timeline will be established for completion of final phase.


Mr. Karkowski questioned Ms. Hunscher what is happening at Jewel Estates.  Ms. Hunscher states that the windows arrived and that DEP is involved.  Work will resume shortly on construction.

Mr. Lipari commented on 321, 323 and 325 Changebridge Road. He suggests Ms. Hunscher make contact to have the lots cleaned up.




Mr. Lipari opened the meeting to the public.  No one appeared.  Public Discussion Closed on motion made by: Mr. Lewis; Seconded by: Mr. Karkowsky; All in favor by voice vote and so carried.


COAH impact fee ordinance

Mr. Burgis reports that COAH plan was submitted a year ago and is still under review by the Highlands.   He states that the ordinance was submitted, reviewed and approved by COAH with a 1% residential impact fee.  The Planning Board approved, but the ordinance still has to be adopted by the Township Committee.  Mr. Lewis expressed concern that this fee was not the final agreed upon fee.  Ms. Hunscher will look back at prior minutes to see what the board discussed. This will be carried to the June 9th meeting for further discussion.  Mr. Burgis indicated that he will provide a range of options and exemptions for the board to consider.  Ms. Hunscher asked Mr. Burgis to address what may be concerns about adopting this ordinance prior to the Third Round being resolved by COAH and the courts.  Mr. Burgis indicated that a rehabilitation share obligation would most likely still be required and this amount would either have to come from taxes or through impact fees. 





No invoices to approve.





PSOIL10-01 Dellrock Development – 9 Patrick Ct – B: 11, L: 11.61 - dismissal

Motion to approve made by Mr. Karkowsky

Seconded by: Mr. Visco

Approved as presented and so carried.



Minutes from May will be carried to June 9.








PMS11-04 Marotta Controls – 78 Boonton Ave – B: 1, L: 29 – minor site plan – Notice Acceptable

ACT BY: 6/27/11

David Brady, Attorney with Brady and Correale, LLP of Morristown, appearing for the applicant, states that the applicant is looking to demolish and replace a garage to be used for storage.

Thomas Marotta, sworn in, with Marotta Controls, states that the company is a defense contractor mainly for the aerospace industry that has been at this location for 66 years.  The purpose of the building will be for documents and material that need to stored as required by government law for 20 years.  Building will have heat, air conditioning and sprinklers.  Maintenance equipment will also be stored in a section of this building. They would like to install a restroom.

Exhibit A1 was a photograph submitted which shows current garage condition from the exterior. 

This building will be upgraded. The new building will be setback farther to allow for better truck circulation on the property. 

Brent Papi, PE, engineer, sworn in, states that there is a total of 79,000 square feet of building area and  there will be 292 parking spots whereas 247 spaces are required based on breakdown of office, manufacturing and storage space.  The parking is more than sufficient to provide for employees since the number of employees has reduced from 310 employees in 1980s to 165 at current year.  This is largely due to increased mechanization of production.   There will be 5 additional handicapped spots. The retaining wall will be 3.5 feet tall.  A detailed pavement restoration plan will be submitted.  Mr. Corsey PE states that the utilities will be needed to be hooked up for restroom.

Jose Santinho, Architect, sworn in, architect, indicates there will be constructed a Butler style building with metal paneled roof with stucco siding.  The height of the new building will be 24.6 feet.  The existing building height is 29.6 feet.  The separation between the existing buildings is 24.4 feet.  The separation between new building and existing will be 29.5 feet.

Public Session Opened on a motion made by Mr. Visco and seconded by Mr. Hines.

Public Session Closed on a motion made by Mr. Hines and seconded by Mr. Karkowsky

Mr. Lewis indicated that he felt the application could be approved since there were no variances, the upgrades will provide for better on-site conditions for storage of important documents, appearance of building, and improved on-site circulation.  The additional handicap accessible spaces provide a public benefit. 

A motion to approve this application was made by Mr. Karkowsky and seconded by Mr. Lewis.  All in favor: Mr. Lipari, Mr. Hines, Mr. Visco, Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Lewis and Mr. Speciale.  Plans were approved as presented with exception of new landscaping to be provided for review by Mr. Burgis.  Motion carried.







There being no further business to discuss, on a motion made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Hines, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Liz Johansen, Secretary

[1]  Absent with explanation


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