MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
CALL TO ORDER
Meeting began promptly at 7:32pm.
STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE
“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”.
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
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:
Geography, including topography and steep slopes.
Geology including bedrock type, depth and glacial
Hydrology, including watersheds, streams & ponds,
flood hazard areas, aquifer and well head protection area.
Soils, including where development is appropriate,
farmland soil and solar farms.
Wetlands, including vegetation, soils and types of
Vegetation including plant species.
Historic and Cultural features including archaeological
digs, historic districts and contaminated sites.
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
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
On a motion made by Michele Caron
and seconded by Andrew Pappachen, the August 15, 2012 minutes were approved by
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.
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
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.
motion made by Angelo Intile and seconded by Monica Mianecki the meeting was
adjourned at 9:13pm.