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MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD

7:30 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building

MINUTES OF Thursday, January 12, 2012

No New Business to be conducted past 10:00PM

Chairman Lipari welcomed everyone to the Montville Township Planning Board hearing and asked everyone to turn off their cell phones.

Ms. Kehoe took the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Mr. Tim Braden, Mayor - excused absence       

Mr. Gary Lewis, Vice Chairman    - present

Mr. Art Maggio – entrance noted

Mr. John Visco - excused absence

Mr. Larry Hines - present

Mr. Ladis Karkowsky - present

Mr. Don Kostka, Committeeman - present         

Mr. Victor Canning - present                                                   

                                   

Mr. Tony Speciale (alt #1) - present

Mr. Larry Tobias (alt #2) - present

Mr. Russ Lipari, Chairman – present

Also present:

Board Attorney:                        Michael Carroll, Esq.- present

Board Engineer:            Stanley Omland, PE, Omland Engineering - absent (not required)

Board Planner:              Joseph Burgis, PP, AICP, Burgis Associates - absent (not required)

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

Recording Secretary:                 Kelley Kehoe - present

Liaisons:                       Board of Adjustment - Deane Driscoll

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - performed

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE – Stated by Ms. Kehoe

REORGANIZATION 2012

Appointment of Temporary Chairman – Motion to appoint Mr. Lewis as Temporary Chair, made by Mr. Karkowsky, seconded by, Mr. Canning. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Appointment of Chairman – Motion to appoint Mr. Lipari, made by Mr. Karkowsky, seconded by, Mr. Hines. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Appointment of Vice Chairman – Motion to appoint Mr. Lewis, made by Mr. Lipari, seconded by, Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Appointment of Secretary – Motion to appoint Ms. Hunscher, made by Mr. Karkowsky, seconded by, Mr. Hines. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Appointment of Recording Secretary for a probationary period of 3 months – Motion to appoint

Ms. Kehoe, made by Mr. Canning, seconded by, Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Adoption of By-Laws with no changes proposed – Motion made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by, Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Approval of Designated Meeting Times as presented – Motion made by Mr. Hines, seconded by Mr. Kostka. Roll Call – Unanimous.

*** Art Maggio entered at 7:37pm.

Designation of Official Newspapers: The Daily Record, The Citizen & the Star Ledger for legal purposes – Motion made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by, Mr. Kostka. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Appointment of Michael Carroll as Planning Board Attorney and execution of Professional Services Agreement as written – Motion made by Mr. Canning, seconded by, Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Chairman Lipari indicted there would be no increase in hourly rate for professional services.

Appointment of Stan Omland of Omland Engineering as Planning Board Engineer and execution of Professional Services Agreement as written – Motion made by Mr. Canning, seconded by, Mr. Hines. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Appointment of Joseph Burgis of Burgis Associates as Planning Board Planner and execution of Professional Services Agreement as written – Motion made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by, Mr. Maggio. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Appointment of Members to the Committees as listed on the agenda – Motion made by Mr. Hines seconded by, Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Chairman Lipari thanked all board members for their service to community. He thanked Mr. Sandham & Ms. Nielson for their contributions and welcomed new members. Also, Ms. Hunscher for her help with the board, town & the process. And recognized Liz Johansen for her work as past recording secretary.

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Chairman Lipari asked if Mrs. Hunscher had anything to report.Mrs. Hunscher thanked the Board and enjoyed working with the community over the past 1 ½ years. She indicated that is hard work, but fulfilling.  Mrs. Hunscher informed the board the Highlands Council will be voting to approve the plan as submitted on January 19th at 4pm in Chester. She will be attending. All are invited to attend.

BOARD DISCUSSIONS

No reports from the Committees.

Chairman Lipari asked if any board members would like to speak.

Planning Board members made comments thanking other board members, staff and committees for all their hard work. In particular Mr. Canning, as the Environmental Commission representative, thanked the Township Committee and the Planning Board members for addressing the Natural Resources Inventory. The Environmental Commission supports the preparation of the document and mapping.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION

Chairman Lipari requested a motion to open the meeting to the public for discussion items not on the agenda.  On a motion made by Mr. Karkowsky and seconded by Mr. Hines, the meeting was unanimously opened to the public.

No public discussion.

There being no one from the public present to speak, on a motion made by Mr. Hines and seconded by Mr. Karkowsky, the meeting was closed to the public.

 PLANNING BUSINESS

Chairman Lipari asked Mrs. Hunscher to describe proposals.

Ms. Hunscher indicated that she met with prospective developers of the following properties: 1. former All Brand Tire on Route 46 is proposing an auto detail center with office, 2. the former Sunoco site in Changebridge Road is proposed to be developed as a retail/office center, and 3. an upscale grocer, Fresh Market, is looking at sites in Montville to locate. 

Chairman Lipari asked for a motion to endorse the Burgis Associates Proposal to prepare the Municipal Response to final versions of Draft Highlands Consistency Report and Recommendations.  A $7500 grant from Highlands has been set aside for this effort.  A motion was made by Mr. Canning, seconded by Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Chairman  Lipari asked for a motion for the Proposal to prepare Natural Resource Inventory consisting of GIS mapping for transfer to MC PRIMA and written document for endorsement by Environmental Commission and adoption by Planning Board.  $7000 was encumbered from 2011 Planning Board Consultant line item. Mrs. Hunscher gave a brief description of the project. Mr. Lewis indicated that this has been a priority for a number of years considering the last NRI was prepared in 1992.  A motion was made by Mr. Hines, seconded by Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

WAIVERS

PMISC11-53 Well Being Therapy Center – 112 Main Rd. – B: 56, L: 10 – 410 s.sf. office for psychotherapy – 2 employees – hours of operation 9am-9pm Sun-Fri – no outdoor storage no signage requested. Chairman Lipari gave overview.

Motion to approve waiver was made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Canning. Roll Call: Unanimous.

 PMISC12-01 One Human Performance/Montville Physical Therapy – 2 Changebridge Rd. Unit F – B: 44, L: 1 – existing tenants moving from unit G to unit F – Personal Training/6 employees/M-F 6am-9pm; Sat.8am-2pm - Montville Physical Therapy 5 employees same hours of operation – total square footage 9,252 s.f. - no outdoor storage - signage requested (Anton). Chairman Lipari gave overview.

Motion to approve was made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Canning. Roll Call: Unanimous.

INVOICES

Michael Carroll, Esq. – Trust for: $67.50

Omland Engineering – Trust for: $337.50, $67.50, $67.50, $67.50

A motion to approve invoices was made by Mr. Hines, seconded by Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 05-11 - Planning Board Consistency Review for Chapter 230 - Land Use and Development Regulations

A motion to approve resolution was made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Karkowsky. Roll Call: Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE / EXTENSIONS / DISMISSALS

PMSP/F03-23 Passaic Valley Estates – B: 82.05, L: 70 –request for extension of approvals through 10/27/12 for two lot minor subdivision.

Mr. Karkowsksy inquired if this was their last extension. Ms. Hunscher indicated it was and they are in the process of perfecting subdivision.

A motion to approve was made by Mr. Canning, seconded by Mr. Hines. Roll Call: Unanimous.

MINUTES

Planning Board Hearing - November 10, 2011 - eligible: Art Maggio, Larry Hines, Victor Canning, Ladis Karkowsky, Gary Lewis, Russ Lipari

A motion was made to approve by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Maggio. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Planning Board subcommittee meeting - November 17, 2011- eligible: Russ Lipari, John Visco, Ladis Karkowsky

A motion to approve was made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Lipari. Roll Call: Unanimous.

Planning Board subcommittee meeting - December 8, 2011- eligible: Russ Lipari, John Visco, Ladis Karkowsky

A motion to approve was made by Mr. Karkowsky, seconded by Mr. Lipari. Roll Call: Unanimous.

LOI/DEP NOTIFICATIONS

No report. Carried over until January 26, 2012 meeting.

LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Chairman Lipari asked Board Attorney Carroll for an update. Discussion ensued about the status of Highlands, Affordable Housing, Parking at NJ Transit Train Stations, and the State Strategic Plan.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Lewis mentioned that there were four minor issues that arose during the public hearing in November 2011 at the Township Committee for adoption of the revised Land Use and Development Regulations (Chapter 230).  The ordinance was adopted 4 to 1, however the Township Committee asked the Planning Board to consider, research and report back to the Township Committee with recommendations for amendments related to political signs, churches, lake recreation zone, uses in the OB-4 zone & right to farm.  Chairman Lipari has set aside time at the January 26, 2012 meeting for the board to discuss this.

Mr. Kostka indicated that the Township Committee voted to approve the zoning ordinance with assurances that these issues would be addressed. Mr. Lewis said board was waiting to hear back from the professionals with advice as to which direction to proceed for board consideration.

Chairman Lipari asked that any future questions be directed through the Chairman.

Mr. Speciale inquired about the waiver for the Therapy business signage at 112 Main Road for fire safety reasons. He encouraged all businesses to have signs identifying the name of the business.  Ms. Hunscher indicated that it should have said no “new” signage and will clarify in the future.

CONCEPTS

There were no new concepts.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, on a motion made by Mr. Maggio, seconded by Mr. Karkowsky, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

______________________________

Kelley Kehoe, Recording Secretary

Certified true copy of minutes adopted at Planning Board meeting of January 26, 2012. 

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Meghan Hunscher, Sec.

 

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