195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building
MINUTES OF THURSDAY JUNE 9, 2011
7:30 PM Start
No New Business to be Conducted Past l0: 00PM
Lipari welcomed the public and applicants to the Montville Township Planning
Board hearing of June 9, 2011 commencing at 7:30 p.m. and asked that all
present please turn off all cell phones during the proceedings.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - performed
STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE- read by Ms. Johansen
Canning - present
Hines - present
Karkowsky 1 (AE)
Lewis, Vice Chair - present
Lipari, Chair - present
Maggio - present
Nielson - present
Sandham - entrance noted
Speciale (alt#1) - present
Tobias (alt#2) (AE)
Visco - present
Attorney: Michael Carroll, Esq. - Not present
Engineer: Stanley Omland,
PE, Omland Engineering - Not
Planner: Joseph Burgis, PP, AICP, Burgis
Associates - present
Planner / Board Secretary: Meghan
Hunscher, PP AICP -present
Secretary Liz Johansen - present
SWEARING IN OF
Lipari swore in professionals.
Presentation of the Open Space and
Recreation Plan (OSRP) - Trails Plan
Presenters: Rich Conklin, Chairman of the Montville Open Space Committee and Barbara Davis, PP AICP,
Director of Programs for the Land Conservancy of New Jersey.
Mr. Conklin gave a brief
overview of the Open Space Committee and accumulation of land. The funds have
to purchase additional land has decreased. Focus has changed from acquisition
to utilization of existing properties. Process
indicating that members of the Historic Preservation Review Commission (HPRC),
Recreation Commission, Environmental Commission, and Planning Board and the
Land Conservancy met at a number of meetings to provide input on the Open Space
and Recreation Plan Update to set goals as to how to use the land.
Mr. Conklin then gave the
floor to Ms. Barbara Heskins Davis, who gave an overview of land preservation
in Montville, the Open Space Trust Fund, which
is bonded, that exists and Montville’s
aggressive program to maximize the capacity of funds to purchase land. The Land Conservancy was hired by the
municipality to prepare an update to the open space map with a trails plan
component. The plan was partially funded
through a grant from ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental
Commissions) and the purpose of which is to identify trail projects that may be
funded through Green Acres - Planning Incentive Program (PI). The maps from the
OSRP were enlarged and arrayed on the floor of the Chambers for the public and
board members to view. Ms. Davis
indicated that the state likes the color scheme. She discussed how this plan represents the
“second generation” of land acquisition where communities may not wish to identify
purchase of additional land, but evaluate uses of existing land. The focus of
this plan was trails for walking, hiking and biking. Portions of the plan were taken from the
Morris County Master Plan. She states that
Green Acres requires that the OSRP be readopted with each master plan update or
evaluated every six years, or as required by statute, as part of the General
Reexamination to receive additional funding.
current OSRP is over ten (10) years old.
*Mr. Sandham entered.
Overall, 1,065 acres have
been preserved since inception of Open Space Trust Fund. 25% of municipality is permanently
protected. The Recreation and Open Space
Inventory (ROSI) was updated in 2010. An
“Open Space Map” has been prepared in addition to other maps including trails
and greenway. A separate “Preserved Land
Map” and “Trails and Greenway Map” were prepared. Public hearings revealed that there are
certain focal points that the community would like to address. The committee is also considering access to
rivers for canoeing. The Land
Conservancy is working on a project with the County and local municipalities to
protect lands along the Passaic
River and allow for
public access. This is a regional
project. The highest focus is Camp Dawson
Ms. Davis explained that the
next step is for the Planning Board to hold a public hearing, finalize and vote
to adopt the plan as part of the Master Plan.
Green Acres requires that this plan be adopted as part of the master
plan. Ms. Davis then asked for questions
and Chairman Lipari opened requested comments from the board.
Chairman Lipari also asked
whether the plan could be part of the Community Facilities Plan to Mr. Burgis.
Mr. Burgis said yes or Recreation or Conservation element. Mr. Burgis indicated that this approach was
an anomaly since another committee instead of the Planning Board prepared the
plan and the Planning Board was then requested to adopt the plan. Mr. Burgis asked if the plans were based on
topographic maps? Ms. Davis said yes,
but indicated that this plan is conceptual.
The scale is broad and is meant to give the Open Space Committee and
idea of where the trails could be located without obligation. She clarified that this is an Open Space and
Open Space Plan update with trails plan.
The police and engineering departments should review once plan will be
Chairman Lipari also asked if
the proposed timeline be changed to indicate “short, medium, and long” term
goals as opposed to months or years for milestones. Ms. Davis said that Green Acres is typically
amenable to this approach. Chairman
Lipari asked Ms. Davis approximately how many miles the trails would amount to?
Ms. Davis will check and report back. Chairman
asked Mr. Conklin if he had any other comments, which he did not, and then
opened up questioning to the board.
Ms. Nielson commended the
Land Conservancy for their work. She asked
about the time frame was for approval per the grant requirements. Ms. Davis states that ANJEC does have a time
limit, but as long as the Township provides them with quarterly updates that
should be satisfactory. However, she is
anxious about the Green Acres deadline which is anticipated to be fall 2011. There
was additional discussion as to whether the plan should be adopted as a
stand-alone element or whether it should be incorporated into the Community
Ms. Davis states that in her
opinion it was preferred to adopt the document independent of another
element. One benefit is to keep all
supporting documentation together to make grant filings easier. The Community
Facilities Plan could then reference the OSRP. Mr. Sandham asked how many other communities
append the document and Ms. Davis indicated none that she was aware of. In response to a question from Mr. Maggio, Mr.
Burgis advised the board that the plan could be appended to the Community
Facilities Plan and adopted in that fashion, however the Community Facilities
Plan is unlikely to be adopted before the end of the summer. He indicated that the title is misleading due
to the need for a detailed needs assessment, existing conditions, future needs
and how to address. These specific
contents are missing. Ms. Davis indicated in response that this is an update
and the 2001 plan addressed needs more generally. This is aimed toward open space and use of
that space for second generation usage.
Ms. Nielson indicated that
she would like the master plan subcommittee to review the plan. Mr. Burgis
emphasized to the board that they must evaluate the plan prior to adoption
since once adopted they are ultimately responsible for the
recommendations. Chairman Lipari asked
why this was not presented to the Planning Board last year. Ms. Davis states meetings were held in September
and October in 2010 to which board members were invited to provide input. She
indicated that it is usually helpful to have the Chairman of the Open Space
Committee provide updates to the Planning Board when an OSRP is being
Mr. Conklin returned to the
podium and thanked the Planning Board for their time and consideration and
identified the members of the Open Space Committee and Historic Preservation
Review Commission that were in the room.
He thanked everyone for their hard work on the plan.
Lipari opened the hearing to the public for purposes of discussing the OSRP. Seeing no one wishing to be heard, Chairman
asked for a motion to close the public hearing.
A motion was made by Mr. Visco, seconded by Mr. Sandham and so carried.
Lipari opened the hearing to the public for purposes of discussing any item not
on the agenda. Chairman asked for a
motion to open the hearing to the public.
A motion was made by Ms. Nielson, seconded by Mr. Hines and so carried.
no one wishing to be heard, Chairman asked for a motion to close the public
hearing. A motion was made by Mr. Visco,
seconded by Mr. Hines and so carried.
Lewis reports that the BOA will be meeting on June 16 and Lake Valhalla Club
will be heard
Tobias absent, no report.
Canning has no report
Maggio has no report
Visco states that the next meeting is at the end of the month.
Hunscher indicates that the DRC will meet on June 14 to discuss 323 Changebridge
Lipari Chair, Ladis Karkowsky, Deborah Nielson, & John Visco (alt)
Lipari and Mr. Karkowski have no report.
Jim Sandham, Tony Speciale
Speciale states that Maggie Peters from the Morris County EDC will be the
Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson
& Jim Sandham
Karkowsky is absent.
Plan/COAH 3rd Round
Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deborah Nielson, Gary Lewis & John Visco (alt)
Lewis reports that the committee is working hard to submit an ordinance by
the end of the summer.
Karkowsky, Russ Lipari
Highlands Legislation Review
Lewis has no report.
Districts Tony Speciale No report
Art Maggio No
Russ Lipari No report
Hunscher indicates that the Land Use Advisory Board has been meeting regularly
and has a goal of a draft white paper to be released at the end of
September. Ms. Hunscher also indicates
that the interns are working diligently and projects include an Environmental
Handbook in addition to support of department activities.
Lipari indicated that a complaint was received about outdoor storage at Home
Depot. Ms. Hunscher indicated that the
fire inspector directed Home Depot to remove the items stored at the rear of
the property in the fire lane. Ms.
Hunscher also indicated that she will be reviewing the resolution of approval
as to whether it permits outdoor display and outdoor storage. Home Depot will have to return to the board
for approval if these were not previously approved.
PMISC11-21 J & H
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in compliance with approved theme (green/gold) First Industrial
Ms. Hunscher gave overview of
Motion to approve made by:
Seconded by: Mr. Maggio
Carroll, Esq. – Trust for:
Associates – Trust for:
Engineering – Trust for: $202.50: $67.50
Murphy -Trust for:
Motion to approve made by:
Seconded by: Mr. Maggio
were no resolutions before the board.
Mr. Lipari states that a
complaint was received regarding outdoor storage at Home Depot. Ms. Hunscher
states that a letter was sent out to the attorney indicating that a variance is
required for outdoor display and any outdoor storage.
Planning Board Hearing - May
12, 2011 Eligible:
made by; Mr. Maggio
by: Mr. Lewis
Planning Board Master Plan
Subcommittee meeting - May 12, 2011 Eligible:
made by; Mr. Lewis
by: Mr. Visco
Planning Board Hearing - May
26, 2011 Eligible:
made by; Mr. Hines
by: Mr. Lewis
were no LOI/ DEP notifications to discuss.
were no legal or legislative updates.
was no old business before the board.
was no new business before the board.
were no concepts before the board.
being no further business to discuss, on a motion made by Mr. Sandham, seconded
by Mr. Speciale, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Liz Johansen, Secretary
Certified true copy of minutes adopted at Planning
Board meeting of June 9, 2011.
Meghan Hunscher, Sec.
Absent with explanation