Environmental Commission Minutes 9-19-12 Print E-mail




Meeting began promptly at 7:32pm.


“As required by the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been provided.  The notice specified the time and place of the meeting to the extent known at the time.  The notice was posted on the bulletin board at the Municipal Building, sent to the Daily Record and placed on file in the Township Clerk’s office”.

Roll Call

Present: Garry Annibal, Michele Caron, Angelo Intile, Larry Kornreich, Monica Mianecki, Sam Monte, Deb Nielson, Andrew Papachen, Keith Lee, Alex Nesterok and Rachel Campbell


Guests: Gary Lewis, Planning Board and Master Plan Subcommittee

Tim Braden, Mayor

Joseph Burgis, Planning Consultant

Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner

Mr. Burgis introduced the NRI.  It is designed to identify all elements of natural resources.  The following items will be included in the NRI:

1.      Geography, including topography and steep slopes.

2.      Geology including bedrock type, depth and glacial sediment thickness.

3.      Hydrology, including watersheds, streams & ponds, flood hazard areas, aquifer and well head protection area.

4.      Soils, including where development is appropriate, farmland soil and solar farms.

5.      Wetlands, including vegetation, soils and types of wetlands.

6.      Vegetation including plant species.

7.      Land use

8.      Historic and Cultural features including archaeological digs, historic districts and contaminated sites.

9.      Regional Master Plan

In the fall, the draft document will be completed.  The public hearing will be held in early 2013.  This document will become part of the Master Plan document. 

Mr. Annibal questioned if any field validation was done.  Mr. Burgis states it was not.

He also questioned if a comparison from twenty years ago of the number of lots, farms, forested areas, contaminated sites and number of sites being remediated will be listed in the NRI. Mr. Burgis states it will be sections for comparison.  He questioned if there will be a section to keep track of wetlands for the future.  Mr. Burgis states there will be.

Mr. Kornreich stated that members of the commission are will to do field verification, if needed.

Mr. Burgis introduced the ERI section which covers the Highlands.  The Highlands Council was created in 2004 and prepared the regional master plan, which was adopted in 2008.  It covers both Planning and Preservation Areas.  The Preservation Area covers 28% of the town and the Planning area covers 72% of the town. The zones are the protection zone, existing community zone, environmentally constrained sub-zone and lake community sub-zone.

Mr. Annibal questioned the septic density.  Mr. Burgis will review and advise what the correct formula should be.

Mr. Burgis stated this document has already been approved by the Highlands Council.

Mr. Kornreich suggested that the public hearing on the ERI be held at the October meeting; and the Commission agreed.


Board of Adjustment –.Michele Caron had no report.

Board of Education – No report

Economic Development – Monica Mianecki reported that Michael Chrobak from Choose NJ was the speaker and he spoke about attracting businesses to New Jersey as well as Montville.

Board of Health – Garry Annibal reported that an abrasives and mineral company was approved on Chapin Road, and Pennett Corp will begin their soil removal process shortly.

Open Space Committee – Angelo Intile had no report.

Planning Board – Larry Kornreich reported that the Lake Valhalla resolution was approved. The Commission’s recommendations for the plantings were considered.  The following businesses are looking for approval: skin care company, tropical fish store, Dunkin Donuts and a child care center.

Township Committee – Deb Nielson had no report


LOI - Evangelical Mission, 36 Alpine Road

Verizon Wireless - gas generator in Parsippany


On a motion made by Michele Caron and seconded by Andrew Pappachen, the August 15, 2012 minutes were approved by voice vote.


Planning for fall event – Monica Mianecki reported that Mr. Meyers will be organizing a recycling day.   The Elementary schools will be doing a program on water conservation.  On October 13, Mr. Mazzacaro will be giving the EC members a tour of the aquifer.  October 20 will be the Water Conservation Fair at Camp Dawson.  There will be information on rain barrels, rain gardens and a presentation on the drip irrigation system.

Tuscany Village - Sunoco station property – Mr. Burgis will work with the EC and owner for the proper plantings.

PSE&G - Garry Annibal will meet with Mr. Canning to get copies of plans and resolutions.  Valhalla Glen will only be used for footpaths. 


Conservation Easements - Mr. Burgis was asked by Ms. Hunscher to update all of the conservation easements.

Sovereign Bank - Is applying to the Planning
Board for a variance to construct a new paver walkway, a new sign and new planters. Larry Kornreich will send a letter approving these changes.


On a motion made by Angelo Intile and seconded by Monica Mianecki the meeting was adjourned at 9:13pm.

Respectfully Submitted.

Liz Johansen



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