Planning Board Mintues 2-12-09 Print E-mail


7:30 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building


No New Business to be Conducted Past l0:00PM


Mr. Maggio  - present               Mr. Karkowsky - present        

Mr. Sandham - present           Ms. Nielson - present             

Mr. Lipari - present                 Mr. Lewis - present

Mr. Hines - present                 Mr. Speciale (alt#1) - present

Mr. Visco - present                  Mr. Tobias (alt#2) - present

Mr. Canning – absent






No public and no members


Board members Jim Sandham & Lawrence Tobias asked if Mrs. White could register them for the NJPO class that will be held Saturday Feb. 21st class.

Annual Report – Mrs. White summarized.  Mr. Lewis voiced concerns on the Board of Adjustment’s Annual Report section since it really doesn’t give guidance to the Planning Board on ordinances that should be reviewed and/or reconsidered.  Mr. Karkowsky indicated he intended to have a meeting with the Board of Adjustment chair to discuss goals and objectives and will carry this message to the Board. 

Introduction of Ordinance #2009-06, Chapter 16.44.150, Traffic Visibility on Corner Lots – adoption scheduled 2/24/09 at Township Committee level

Motion to adopt made by:  Russ Lipari

Seconded by:  John Visco

Roll call:  Unanimous


Michael Carroll, Esq. – Trust for: $33.75, $67.50, $168.75, $101.25, $202.50, $101.25, $135, $101.25, $101.25, $101.25, $67.50, $116.25

Omland Engineering – Trust for: $101.25, $236.25, $135, $116.25, $135, $270

Burgis Assoc. – Trust for: $510, $240, $270, $120

Bricker & Assoc – Trust for: $1,500 (Keating)

Motion made by:  Larry Hines

Seconded by: Tony Speciale

Roll call:  Unanimous



PMS08-14 – Heller Group - 1 John Henry Dr. B: 135, L: 5 – Minor Site Plan to allow bagel/bakery use involving renovation of existing site – Approved 12/11/08 meeting - Eligible: Mr. Karkowsky, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Visco, Mr. Maggio, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Hines, Mr. Canning, Gary Lewis

Motion made by:  Deb Nielson

Seconded by: Gary Lewis

Roll call:  Unanimous

PMSP/F 02-28 – Peter Nagel - Forest Ridge –Request for extension of Final Approval to 12/9/09 – B: 109, L: 30 – Approved 12/11/08 – Eligible:  Refer to Schepis letter of 11/24/08 - Eligible: Mr. Karkowsky, Ms. Nielson, Mr. Visco, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Lipari, Mr. Maggio, Mr. Hines, Mr. Canning & Mr. Speciale

Mr. Sandham voiced concerns on a complaint from an adjacent neighbor about mud coming down the hill into the yard, dust on the road.   He noted he understood that the road on the left hand side was just paved, the other was gravel.  Mrs. White indicated she would ask Mr. Barile about the issue and asked that he let us know this has been addressed.    

Motion made by:  Russ Lipari

Seconded by: Art Maggio

Roll call:  Unanimous


  • PMSP/F89-28-97 Phase II and III Bear Rock - Request for waiver from complying with installation of treescape – discuss with planner and engineer and reschedule at a future meeting.  Discussion ensued as to whether or not we can see if there is a way that alternate plantings can be made.  That if the developer is given a waiver of installing on this property per code, either that amount of monies and/or trees are planted some place else in community.  Nothing exists like this now, but we will be updating ordinances and master plan and items like this should be addressed.  Subject to be reviewed after input offered by board planner and engineer. 

  • Receipt of Highlands Planning Assessment Grant - $15,000 & Highlands Plan Conformance Grant - $50,000 - Mrs. White indicated that we have received both of these grants.


Minutes of 1/22/09 – Ladis Karkowksy, Victor Canning , Deb Nielson, Gary Lewis, Art Maggio , Russ Lipari, Jim Sandham, Larry Hines, Tony  Speciale, Lawrence Tobias

Motion made by:  am

Seconded by:  Russ Lipari

Roll call:  Unanimous







PMN08-17– CAMPIONE - 4 Montville Ave. & 53 Rt. 202 – B: 51.02, L: 1 & 27 – minor subdivision with variances– Notice Acceptable     

                                                                             ACT BY: 5/8/09

(Note:  Mr. Lewis left meeting) 

Gary Needleman, Esq.

Mr. Needleman summarized that this is a lot line change, summarizing the minor subdivision involves the taking of 126 sq. ft to add to his lot.  There are three variances involved.  Mr. Needleman summarized variances requested:  4 Montville Avenue:  min. lot area, min. lot width at street line, lot one also requires lot area variance. 

Mr. Campione indicated that this was being requested for landscaping purposes and in that regard submitted photos depicted extensive landscaping in this area being conveyed to his lot from adjacent neighbor.

Photos marked in as A1 collectively reflecting the photos of the area

No professional concerns noted.

Motion to grant minor subdivision with all variances requested, normal applicable conditions of approval made by: Russ Lipari

Seconded Deb Nielson

Roll call:  Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson, John Visco, Art Maggio, Jim Sandham, Larry Hines, Tony Speciale & Lawrence Tobias 

PMS08-18– JIFFY LUBE – 56 Rt. 46 – B: 176, L: 17 – minor site plan with variances for signage –                                                                                                                         ACT BY: 5/8/09 Notice Acceptable

Present:  Randall Chiocca, Esq.

Renovation of existing Wendy site testified to.  Mr. Chiocca indicated that based on Mr. Omland’s report, the applicant provided a series of photos for exhibit as well as providing better dimensions on the plan. 

This exhibit was marked in as Exhibit A1

Application is an upgrading and re-facing of the existing site.  The freestanding sign will be internally lit.  Applicant is seeking variances for replacement signs of 3 existing signs (two letter signs on façade, the other elevation is the band).  The applicant agreed to remove the pylon sign and replace it with a monument sign.  The wall sign is no larger than 18” in height.  Signage lettering is 3’ and runs along north and south elevations of the building.

Adam Remick, PE – sworn in

A2 – site plan revision marked as exhibit responds to complying with the sight distance.  He noted the freestanding sign is not located in the ROW of the sight line area.  Mr. Omland indicated that this sight distance was addressed and he is comfortable that the proposed location will not impact sight distance.

Garage doors are included in the make over of the building and will be painted same as façade/trim.

Mr. Omland indicated that the Board might wish to consider if they want streetscape lighting installed.  Applicant was also asked if there is room for additional landscaping.

Mr. Chiocca indicated that the landscaping has been upgraded some time ago.  This is not a site that isn’t landscaped, but upon further discussion and review, Mr. Chiocca indicated that the applicant will embellish and supports additional landscape.

The applicant asked that the streetscape light be waived.    The board requested that the applicant supply one streetscape light on this site.  Mr. Chiocca indicated that on this issue the applicant would agree but asked that the installation of the lights be postponed until the end of the year due to cost expended to date.  The Planning Board indicated that the applicant can have until the end of September on this installation issue. 

Deb Nielson asked as to page 2 of diagrams which reflect the one elevation with just a red strip.  Mr. Chiocca indicated that there is no lettering and/or illumination on this strip.  There is nothing on façade that is illuminated.  This is just the logo strip which they asked for in variance. 

Russ Lipari asked that the amended landscaping be shown and reviewed by the Planner, and moved that this site plan and all requested variances be approved, subject to the installation of the lights by September 30, 2009 as well as compliance with testimony of record, landscaping upgrades subject to review by planner and installed. Normal conditions of site plan resolution.   Seconded by Larry Hines

Roll call:  Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson, John Visco, Art Maggio, Jim Sandham, Larry Hines, Tony Speciale & Lawrence Tobias 

Mr. Karkowsky indicated that at the next meeting of the Planning Board he wanted the liaison reports discussed, nothing long, but anything of interest should be noted.

Mr. Maggio indicated that he could report that he met with Water & Sewer and there will be sewer rate increases in the community, averaging about $100 a household.



Motion made to unanimously adjourn by Larry Hines, seconded by John Visco.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda M. White

With explanation


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