TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
OF APRIL 16, 2008
Nick Cifaretto - present Ron Cain, Jr. - present
Vreeland - present Mark
Tabakin - absent
Ron Soussa -
Driscoll (Alt #1) - present
Jennifer Horowitz - present Carol Ann Soroko (Alt
Anthony Speciale - present
Township Officials: Linda White, Land Use Administrator –
Planning Board Liaison:
Gary Lewis - present
- Website Development – Update
Mr. Vreeland indicated he has made some minor changes on the
text existing on our website relating to adding NJ transit, Lakeland Bus
info. Additionally he thought we should
airport and add
Airport. He although though it a good idea to add
health care and ‘pharmaceutical’ international trade. Mrs. White will make the necessary edits on
- Coordination of Survey for Business owners
Mr. Cifaretto noted we received five responses, and due to
the low return, that we should wait another month to see if more are received,
then offer comments to the Township Committee based on the input received. Most offered they would like to see more
retail along Changebridge, but found
a good community to have their business in.
- Change of Meeting Time to 7:30AM
Board members moved the 8:00AM start back to 7:30AM. Mrs. White will provide new notice
ZONING STUDY UPDATES
Mrs. White indicated the ordinance has been favorably
recommended and forwarded to Township Committee. This is on their agenda for April 22nd,
and back on Planning Board agenda for May 8th, then scheduled for a
public hearing at Township committee meeting to May 13th at the
Discussion continued on concerns voiced about a memo from
the Board of Health relative to controlling noise in the area, and perhaps this
was over regulating, and that there are noise ordinances that prohibit loud
noises, etc. and that this should be able to be controlled without ordinance
amendments. Mr. Soussa also felt there
should be some leeway on designs of a building and that we should continue to
work with helping applicants interested in upgrading this area.
- Changebridge Road study and Rt. 46 &
Old Bloomfield Avenue
Mrs. White indicated these
subjects are on agenda of Planning Board for April 24th
meeting. When these reports are
available, Mrs. White indicated she will distribute.
- Master Plan & Re-Examination Update
Mrs. White indicated the Planning Board will be looking to
do the master plan and re-examination, starting with the re-examination due to
the many rezoning requests received. The
whole review process will take around 18 months from start. The re-examination will be probably around a
6 month process.
Mrs. White indicated she didn’t receive the print out of the
Stiles Lane Road improvements yet, and will reschedule for next month. As mentioned previously, the budget has this
cost in it, but priority is set by the Township Committee. Mr. Cifaretto mentioned the County had no
objection to this improvement going forward.
- Form Letter for ‘Welcome to
Board members reviewed the draft form letters. Mrs. Horowitz indicated that the final draft
will be sent to the members to review.
Discussion ensued on the subject of an appointment of a member to act as
a formal advocate for an applicant. This
person would be a contact name to help any business owner in their processes
and/or to respond to a question/concern that may arise after occupancy. Reference was made to the issues with Winebow
and the installation of a fence and how an EDC representative may have been
able to help this business. Mrs. White
was asked to discuss this with the Township Committee/Administrator and how to
develop this process and/or consider expanding their current
duties/function. Mr. Cifaretto indicated
that he would like to act as liaison, and asked Messrs Cain, Sousa, Vreeland to
participate as well as Ms. Horowitz who were all amicable. Ms. White indicated she will reschedule
subject in May.
- Waiver of Site Plan application review
Members asked if the number of copies requested on a filing
can be reduced to allow 4 until completeness vs. 20. Mrs. White indicated she had no real problem
with allowing a reduction to completeness, and was only trying to resolve
problems encountered at the actual time of the board hearing. Mr. Cifaretto also indicated that he saw no
reason to wait 45 days for answers on an application. Discussion ensued on delays and carry over’s
at board level as well as setting of an agenda. .
- Joint Meeting of Planning Board &
Board of Adjustment
Mr. Cifaretto thought it would be a good idea if a member of
the EDC could attend. Messrs. Cain and
Vreeland indicated they would probably attend.
Mrs. White indicated it is an informal meeting aimed at discussing the
development issues and upcoming items that may affect the community.
- Write up on ‘Starting a Business in…’
Mr. Cifaretto asked the members to review this write up
found on a website for another community and see if it is something we would
like to see in our community. Mrs. White
will put on agenda for next meeting.
Adoption of EDC minutes of 3-19-08 – Eligible: Mr. Vreeland, Ms. Soroko, Mr. Speciale, Ms. Horowitz
& Deane Driscoll – adopted unanimously
Mr. Cifaretto asked Mrs. White to check on the EDC
membership requirements since Mr. Cifaretto has sold his residence. She will check with ordinance & if
necessary ask Township Attorney.
Mr. Cifaretto also asked Mrs. White to talk to Mr. Tabakin
since he has been absent at many of thee meetings and in view of the policy of
the township on missed meetings, there is a problem at this level.
Meeting adjourned unanimously.
Linda M. White