TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
MINUTES OF MAY 16, 2007
Cifaretto - absent Ron Cain, Jr. - present
Everett Vreeland – present Mark Tabakin
Leonard Murphy - present Ron Soussa - present
Horowitz (Alt #1) - absent Carol
Ann Soroko (Alt #2) - present
Speciale - present
Ron Cain, Jr.
Committee: Art Daughtry - present
‘How Do’ Guide &
Nothing new was available
at this time from Mr. Soussa. Mrs.
White indicated she sent documents she gathered on this subject from various
other website/townships, modified them to respond to our community’s process,
and forwarded them to Mr. Cifaretto and Mr. Perkins. The web is being updated, and will be much more user friendly
with drop downs, and ease in locating municipal information. Mrs. White indicated last week she met with
Township Administrator, Frank Bastone, Bob Perkins and the Department Heads to
review the new web format being created for our community which will be similar
to the Montclair site. Members were
asked to look at that website. The web
will encourage photos of the community.
EDC may wish to look at the various areas recently redeveloped or new to
the community and take photos of these areas for the web: Montville Inn, Bonefish, Lake Valhalla,
Berlex-Bayer, Tiffany’s, Atlantic Stewardship.
Members thought we should also take photos of existing vacant buildings
and add this information to web. Mr.
Vreeland to coordinate this. Members
encouraged to review current website and provide recommendations to Mrs. White
to pass along to Mr. Perkins for changes/upgrades to EDC web page.
updates/Kramer Road/Changebridge Rd.
Mrs. White indicated
that she had spoke to the owner of the site located on corner of Kramer and
Changebridge Road, understood he was scheduled for July 18, 2007 meeting of
EDC. Mrs. White indicated she advised
owner and spoke with his attorney indicating that he should send a letter into
the Township Committee requesting consideration of expansion of the existing
retail zone up to this area from the Changebridge Plaza. This lot is in an industrial zone and any
retail would be a use application. Mrs.
White indicated the owner did not have a known tenant at this time, but is
looking for higher end tenants for this site.
Redevelopment of Changebridge Road properties should be encouraged.
Mrs. White indicated
that the Towaco Master Plan would be adopted end of June. General discussion ensued. She explained
along with Mayor Daughtry about the zoning ordinance drafted, acknowledging
that there will be some changes made to a draft zoning ordinance. Concerns voiced on need for more impervious
coverage to allow outside café’s, etc.
small side yards.
Mr. Speciale mentioned
that the Planning Board recommended a study to provide for retail in existing
industrial buildings to help with revitalization, a goal this committee
mentioned several times.
Boss Glass building
discussed on Changebridge Road. Many
recreational tenants are moving into this facility; someone mentioned that a
bakery was interested in this site. The
recent tenant was hockey.
Carlson Tool building
discussed. Nothing filed on this at
this time. Owner is encouraged to meet
with town in order to talk redevelopment concepts.
Casha Office building
on Rt. 202 discussed. Mrs. White
indicated that there was someone interested in using this building as a car
wash. Mrs. White expressed that this
type of activity wasn’t one envisioned along the corridor, and that it was a
use application at the Board of Adjustment.
The adjacent church
building has someone interested in coming into town. Mrs. White indicated she spoke to this applicant’s attorney,
nothing filed at this time. No
Quick Chek is filed at
the Board of Adjustment. Discussion
ensued on traffic studies conducted in area, and the need to possibly address
these studies thru updating the Master Plan element for Circulation.
Mr. Cain asked what was
going on with Stiles Lane. Mr. Daughtry
indicated the road improvement isn’t happening soon due to budgetary issues,
but that there was a plan developed by township engineer, and perhaps developers
along this roadway may be required to post some off-site contribution. The building immediately past Christine
Valmy is due to be demolished and a new landscaping building will go in this
place. There is also a Board of
Adjustment application for Paul Miller.
Mr. Cain noted that the proposal before board was to have outside
parking for 75 cars. Concerns arose as
to how this may affect our redevelopment hopes in this area. Mrs. White indicated the board’s professionals
were aware of the streetscape and upgrades we have made in area, and this is
scheduled for Design Review Committee meeting next week.
Mrs. White asked to
correspond with Mr. Barile on this proposed roadway improvement along Stiles,
and if we need to address in master plan, then perhaps we should do this now
also to make sure any off-site improvements, if they can be taken into
consideration, are discussed at proper board levels.
Discussion ensued on corrections being made by County on Rt. 202
near Montville Inn. Several feet of
concrete is being removed to correct traveled way.
Adoption of EDC minutes
of: 5-20-07 Eligible: Mr. Speciale, Mr.
Cifaretto, Mr. Cain, Ms. Soroko, Mr. Tabakin
- Adopted unanimously in a motion by Mr. Tabakin, Seconded by: Mr.
Next Meeting: July 18th
Linda M. White