Economic Development Committee 12-17-08 Minutes Print E-mail




Vacancy                                                          Ron Cain, Jr. - present

Everett Vreeland - Present                                Mark Tabakin - present

Ron Soussa - present                                        Deane Driscoll - present

Jennifer Horowitz - present                               Carol Ann Soroko (Alt #2) - present

Anthony Speciale - absent



Township Officials:       Linda White, Land Use Administrator

Planning Board Liaison:  Gary Lewis – absent

Township Committee Liaison:  Deb Nielson


  • Update on status of new information for posting on web – Ron Soussa


Deb Nielson indicated that there is a pending application located off of Jacksonville Road for retail/residential development.  It is an 8,000 sq. ft. building with 6 apartments above and exactly depicts exactly what our community is all about:  it complies with current zoning and has the architectural features that will enhance this area.

She also indicated that we have a complete renovation of Kay’s deli.  It will be a bagel/deli/bakery type of use and the Planning Board worked with the owner to develop a side entrance to allow it to be more accessible and to assist the owner with succeeding in this new business.  The Planning Board also allowed him to have no more than 12 tables.  The streetscape features will also be incorporated. 


Letter from GI requesting EDC endorsement of development of Lowe’s – Old Bloomfield Avenue

Discussion ensued on whether or not it was appropriate for the EDC to review a site that is before a BOA for use.  Several remembered reviewing the Old Towne properties and commented that it was a general letter supporting innovative zoning and redevelopment aimed at revitalizing the shopping area in Towaco.  Mrs. White was asked to discuss this issue of a request for review and/or letter of endorsement with the Township Attorney.  If the Township Attorney indicates he sees no legal impediment, then scheduling can proceed for January 21st agenda.

NJLM adoption of Resolution support Main Street Economic Stimulus Priorities. 

These were copies of resolutions given by the League with form resolutions supporting main street economic revitalization efforts at State level.  No action needed.


Adoption of EDC minutes of 9-17-08 – Eligible:  Mr. Soussa, Mr. Cain, Deane Driscoll, Ms. Soroko, Ms. Horowitz - adopted unanimously.


Mrs. White distributed the letter from the Chamber of Commerce.  Said letter asked for relief from prohibition of temporary signage noting that in today’s economic business atmosphere, our local restaurant and businesses need the extra signage.  Mrs. White indicated that she has allowed temporary signage to assist them during this season, but noted that the Planning Board is opposed to these types of signs.  Discussion ensued.  Several members of the EDC felt as strongly about prohibiting these types of temporary signs/banners noting they are ugly and detract from our business area.

Mr. Cain noted that Mr. Speciale is stepping off the EDC.  Mrs. Nielson indicated that the new appointment from Chamber will be Ms. Sanders.  

Discussion continued on working with the Planning Board during the Master Plan re-examination process, especially when it comes to things like the signage in the community and possibly other areas that may be recommended for change that would help in boosting economic and/or redevelopment of areas.

Mr. Cain asked Mr. Soussa and Mr. Deane to act as liaisons to the Planning Board during this process.  Mrs. White will inform Planning Board of the desire to work with Planning Board.

Mr. Soussa brought up the issue of how to better enhance and promote the EDC’s capabilities and function, asking if it should be changed to a Commission vs. Committee.  Discussion ensued.  He felt that the EDC should have more of a meaningful voice.

Mr. Soussa also felt that the township should look at Emery Lane as a possible area for rezoning to allow for a small village type of retail area in view of the surrounding area.  Mrs. White will forward this to Planning Board. 

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda M. White

With explanation

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