11-10-11 PB minutes Print E-mail


7:30 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building


No New Business to be Conducted Past l0: 00PM

Chairman Lipari welcomed the public and applicants to the Montville Township Planning Board hearing of November 10, 2011 commencing at 7:30p.m and asked that all present please turn off all cell phones during the proceedings. 


Stated for the record


Stated for the record


Art Maggio – Present                            Ladis Karkowsky– Present

Mayor Jim Sandham - Present               Committeewoman Deb Nielson – Present                      

Russ Lipari, Chairman - Present             Gary Lewis, Vice Chairman - Present

Larry Hines - Present                            Tony Speciale (alt#1) - Present

John Visco- AE                                     Larry Tobias (alt#2) – AE

Vic Canning – Entrance Noted

Not Present:

Board Attorney:                        Michael Carroll, Esq.

Board Engineer:            Stanley Omland, PE, Omland Engineering

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

Also Present:

Principal Planner / Secretary:     Meghan Hunscher, PP AICP

Recording Secretary:                 Liz Johansen


Board of Adjustment – Mr. Lewis

Mr. Lewis states that he was not in attendance.  Mr. Driscoll states JCP&L is carried to December and Romola Enterprises was approved.

Board of Health – Mr. Tobias

Mr. Tobias absent, no report.

Environmental Commission – Mr. Canning

Mr. Canning had no report

Water & Sewer – Mr. Maggio

Mr. Maggio had no report.

Historic Preservation Commission – Mr. Visco

Mr. Visco absent, no report. 

Design Review Committee – Ms. Nielson

Ms. Nielson states there has not been a meeting.

Site Plan/Subdivision Committee – Mr. Lipari Chair, Mr. Karkowsky, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Visco (alt)

Mr. Lipari states they discussed Diversified Heat, 60 new employees, minor site plan needs to be submitted.  Quality Assurance Lab, 2 Como Court, vehicle storage, 20 plus trucks, 6 storage trailers, 2 tractor trailers, minor site plan also needs to be submitted.

**Victor Canning entered

Economic Development Committee – Mr. Sandham, Mr. Speciale

Mr. Speciale states the meeting is next week.  Mr. Sandham states the EDC is co-hosting with the Township Committee a “meet and greet” with local business owners on December 1.

Open Space Committee – Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Lipari, Ms.Nielson & Mr. Sandham

No report

Master Plan/COAH 3rd Round – Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Lipari, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Visco (alt)

Mr. Lewis states that the public hearing is November 27th by the Township Committee for adoption of the ordinance.

Cross Acceptance Committee – Mr. Karkowsky, Mr. Lipari

No report

Highlands Legislation Review Committee – Mr. Lewis

No report

Fire Department Districts – Mr. Lipari – Towaco; Mr. Speciale - Pine Brook; Mr. Maggio - Montville

Mr. Lipari - no report, Mr. Speciale commented on the hard work from all the districts. Mr. Maggio - no report.

Ms. Hunscher attended the American Planning Association - NJ Chapter annual conference and reports that there is a draft of the new state plan under Governor Christie which seeks to be more business friendly.  She will keep the board updated.  She also attended sessions on regulating solar energy devices and different ways to use hand-held GIS devices to involve the public in data gathering and planning studies.


Ms. Nielson states the Veteran’s Day ceremony is at 11am tomorrow and invites Board members to attend.


Mr. Lipari opened the meeting to the public.  Seeing none, he asked for a motion to close this portion of the meeting.

Motion to close: Mr. Lewis, Seconded by Mr. Hines.  Roll call: Unanimous


Master Plan consistency hearing for draft Zoning Ordinance – Ms. Hunscher states the Zoning Ordinance was referred back to the Planning Board by the Township Committee for the Board to make the finding that it is consistent with the Master Plan. Ms. Nielson states that a memo by Mr. Burgis has been incorporated into draft. Mr. Lewis states that the document is identical to the one presented.

Public Discussion

Motion to open: Mr. Sandham, Seconded by Mr. Hines.  Roll call: Unanimous

Robert Gannon- 6 West Lake

Mr. Gannon states that Hotels were allowed in the OB zone but at some point were removed as allowable use.  He questioned if Hotels are an allowable use again since he has a client that is interested in developing property. 

Bill O’Dowd – 55 Foremost Mtn

Mr. O’Dowd questioned whether self-storage facilities are allowed in OB zone under the new ordinance, and if not, why not? 

Mr. Lewis indicated that the Master Plan subcommittee will provide answers to the applicants after further review of the ordinance.

Motion to close: Mr. Hines, Seconded by Mr. Sandham.  Roll call: Unanimous

**Motion made by Mr. Lewis and seconded by Mr. Hines, to return the ordinance to the Township Committee for their public hearing and for approval by resolution.  Roll call: Unanimous

Discussion of 2012 budget

Ms. Hunscher indicated that while the overall budget has decreased, certain categories require increases such as education due to continuing education requirements, and printing and stationary due to increased costs in general.  Mr. Maggio inquired as to why the Planning Consultant line item decreased.  Ms Hunscher explained that this line item had been increased in 2011 due to a need for additional funds for the Master Plan.  

Discussion of reappointments for 2012

No discussion

Discussion of 2012 proposed hearing dates for review and approval

No discussion


PMISC11-46 Shenoy Engineering – 39 Rt. 46 Suite 802 – B: 183, L: 6 – 3,500 s.f. office for engineering services – 17 employees – hours of operation 9am-5pm Mon-Fri – signage in compliance with approved theme – no outdoor storage (First Industrial)

No discussion

Motion to approve: Mr. Lewis, Seconded by Mr. Karkowsky.  Roll call: Unanimous

PMISC11-47 Maruka USA – 45 Rt. 46 Unit 610 – B: 183, L: 6 – office (5,094 s.f.)/warehouse (1,757 s.f.)/showroom (2,349 s.f.)  for sale and service of machine tool and injection molding machinery – 20 employees – hours of operation 8am-5:30pm Mon-Fri –no over night parking of vehicles – signage in compliance with approved theme (First Industrial)

No discussion.

Motion to approve: Mr. Hines, Seconded by Mr. Maggio.  Roll call: Unanimous

PMISC11-48 Coccia Realty – 670 Main Rd. – B: 40, L: 33.02 – real estate office (2,100 s.f.) – hours of operation 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-3pm Sat-Sun – 4 employees – no outdoor storage – signage requested (replacement of panels on existing sign)

The Chair asked for a motion to approve.  Mr. Karkowsky expressed concern that there are two façade signs at this location erected without approval.  The application is denied until such time as the sign permit is applied for and the second sign is removed. 

PMISC11-49 United States Elevator, Inc. – 30 Chapin Road, unit 1212 – B: 183 L: 7.1 – office (2736 s.f./warehouse 5264 s.f.) for repair/maintenance of elevators – hours of operation 6:30am-5pm Mon-Fri – 10 employees – outdoor storage of 1 box truck 14’ and 3 vans (First Industrial)

No discussion.

Motion to approve: Mr. Lewis, Seconded by Mr. Hines.  Roll call: Unanimous


Michael Carroll, Esq. – O/E for: $405

Motion to approve: Mr. Karkowsky, Seconded by Mr. Maggio.  Roll call: Unanimous


Resolution 04-11 Referral of Zoning Ordinance to Township Committee for Introduction/First Reading

Motion to approve: Mr. Hines, Seconded by Mr. Karkowsky.  Roll call: Unanimous




Planning Board meeting minutes for October 27, 2011.  Eligible: Art Maggio, Ladis Karkowsky, Jim Sandham, Russ Lipari, Gary Lewis, Tony Speciale, John Visco, Larry Tobias, Victor Canning

Motion to approve: Mr. Karkowsky; Seconded: Mr. Sandham; Roll call: Unanimous

Planning Board subcommittee meeting minutes for November 2, 2011.  Eligible:  Nielson, Visco, Lipari

Motion to approve: Ms. Nielson; Seconded: Mr. Lipari; Roll call: Unanimous











Discussion of reappointment of professionals for 2012

Motion to go into closed session to discuss personnel issues.

Entered Closed Session - 8:16pm


There being no further business the board unanimously adjourned at 8:30 p.m. by Mr. Speciale, seconded by Mr. Sandham; all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,


Liz Johansen, Recording Secretary

Certified true copy of minutes adopted at Planning Board meeting of January 12, 2012. 



Meghan Hunscher, Sec.


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