PB Subcommittee Minutes 5-24-12 Print E-mail




195 Changebridge Rd. - Main Conference Room

Mr. Lipari called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.


Mayor Tim Braden - present

Mr. Ladis Karkowsky    (AE)

Mr. Russ Lipari - present                                  

Mr. John Visco - present


Township staff:             Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner - present

                                    Victor Canning, Township Administrator - present

                                    Robert Oostdyk, Township Attorney - via teleconference


There was no old business to discuss.


PMISC12-16 NJ Badminton Club – 2 Changebridge Rd. – B: 44, L: 1 – OB-2A – 14,000 s.f. badminton club & training facility – Mon-Thurs 9am-10:30pm; F-Sun 9am-11:30pm – number of employees 3 – no outdoor storage – no trucking activity – new signage requested

The subcommittee unanimously approved the waiver.

PMISC12-17 Henkels & McCoy//PSE&G – 85 Bloomfield Ave – B: 167, L: 28-32; B: 178, L: 1; B: 179, L: 1 – no signage – outdoor storage of construction materials & temporary construction trailers to serve as offices – 20 employees – PSE&G also requesting outdoor storage of materials

In attendance for the applicant was Kevin Boswell, PE, Boswell Engineering; Rene Avila, property owner; Mitch Roman, real estate broker; and Matt McGinley of Henkels and McCoy, contractors for PSE&G.

Mr. Boswell is requesting an interim user for this property in particular a “lay down” site for PSE&G and contractors from which to keep equipment for the expansion of the transmission wires.  Ms. Hunscher indicated that a contractor’s yard was permitted in the other “B” zones, but not in the B-6 zone. 

Bob Oostyk Esq explained that the pre-existing non-conforming use was determined by the courts to be an auto salvage yard use.  Any storage activity is not within the scope of the pre-existing non-conforming use and the Township cannot administratively hear this; the BOA is the appropriate jurisdiction.

Mr. Boswell was concerned that the PSE&G contractor had a tight deadline and could not apply to the BOA.  He asked whether the care storage for 200 Hondas on 70,000 square feet with 20 trips a day would be another option.  Mr. Oostyk said that he would look into it an issue a memo.  Ms. Hunscher said she could not issue a permit since the use is not expressly permitted by ordinance. Mr. Boswell said that any interim use would be limited to a period of two years since he is still looking to develop the property with a retail use.  If an interim user is not found, the alternative may have to be ramping up the auto salvage operation.

The subcommittee denied the waiver request since a site plan was required and per the Township Attorney so was a use variance.

PMISC12-18 Kids Connect – 2 Changebridge Rd. – B: 44, L: 1 – OB-2A – day care & pre school ages 0-6yrs - hours of operation 7am-6pm Mon-Fri – 5-7 employees - signage requested

The subcommittee unanimously approved the waiver request.

PMISC12-19 S&D Assoc. – 628A Main Rd. – B: 40, L: 52 & 53 – TC-1 – insurance office 520 s.f. moving from downstairs to upstairs – hours of operation Mon-Fr 9am-4pm; Sat by appointment – 3 employees – new signage requested by door and on side of building

The subcommittee unanimously approved the waiver request.

Sovereign Bank - Discussion re: signage, landscaping, sidewalks pre-submittal review

The subcommittee agreed that it would be more appropriate for a formal submission to be made and have the Board Professionals review and comment on the application.  Ms. Hunscher will send correspondence to attorney to this effect.


There being no further business to discuss, the subcommittee adjourned at 9:35 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner

Certified true copy of minutes adopted at Planning Board meeting of June 14, 2012.


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