MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ADOPTED MINUTES OF APRIL 15, 2009
Ron Cain, Jr. – present
Miller – Sanders - present
Vreeland - present
Mark Tabakin - absent
Ron Soussa - present
Driscoll – present
Jennifer Horowitz – present
Alexander Kachmar – Alt. #1 - present
Greg Milazzo – Alt #2 -
Township Committee: Deb Nielson
Township Officials: Linda White, Land Use Administrator
Planning Board Liaison:
Gary Lewis & Tony Speciale - present
– update – discussed the website. Mr.
Vreeland indicated no issue on
current layout. Mrs. White reminded
members that Mr. Soussa was going to review another town’s website that we
found interesting and see if ours could be modified accordingly. This matter
addressed again later in meeting, resulting in the finding that the EDC should
not be listed under a land use board but should be in it’s own category. Mrs. White will see if Mr. Perkins can change
that since it is outside her expertise and permission. She would also follow up to see if the List
of Properties that are vacant can have it’s own icon vs. just highlighted to
Update: Pending BoA
& Planning Board applications
Mrs. White provided an updates given on various applications
pending at the Planning Board & BoA. Members discussed the pending Lowe’s
application, the status and the carry date is June 3rd.
Mrs. White indicated the Planning Board subcommittee
continues to meet on the lifestyle mall that this EDC reviewed a while back for
Mr. Lakhiani. The problem was that the ordinance allows 3 and the
applicant wanted as many as 7 small sized units which would change the
lifestyle mall anticipated in this area.
The Planning Board continues to meet with this applicant to help with
this redevelopment area.
Update: Temporary Signs
Mrs. White indicated to help our local businesses, the
Planning Board and the Chamber met to try and find a temporary solution to
allowing these types of signs. As a result, a sign policy was created
allowing for these types of signs to be displayed and this will be used as a
trial policy for a one year period only starting April 1st,
2009. Mr. Driscoll elaborated on some of
the sites with these types of signs. The
Chamber will be doing a public relations attempt with their members to help with control of this and
understanding the policies of the community.
Update: Master Plan update
Mr. Lewis indicated that the Planning Board is doing the
Re-exam as a stopgap measure to comply with the MLUL laws, and that this
document was given to the EDC. The
Master Plan subcommittee will be meeting with the EDC in the future to seek
their input on some of those areas in the township that may want to be visited
to see about economic development opportunities. Mr. Lewis felt this item should continue to
be listed on the EDC agenda to allow the members to brainstorm on the issues
and areas they feel might be worthy of review.
He thought it would be better if the EDC discussed it at this level so
that when they meet with the Master Plan subcommittee, at least there would be
a consensus of ideas to present at that time.
Different ideas presented: encourage internal connections,
perhaps sometime of a bonus on the larger lands with this type of concept. Mrs. White indicated that she has already
given Emery Lane
to the planner, as well as the corridors along Rt. 202.
Mr. Cain created a subcommittee to head this project: Jennifer Horowitz agreed to head this committee
up, and Greg Milazzo and Deane Driscoll agreed to work with her on it.
Update: Dick Vreeland & Deane Driscoll on
attending Morris County EDC seminar on March 18, 2009
Mr. Driscoll felt that some of the information presented at
this session may not really assist them, noting that this year’s seminar
focused a lot of redevelopment/transit villages and COAH requirements. Mr. Vreeland felt it was something we should
continue to go to.
It was mentioned that at the seminar Maggie Peters Morris
County EDC indicated that they would be visiting towns to meet with the large
companies to talk with them about their needs and how the County can better
serve them. Mr. Driscoll indicated that
he did discuss this with Ms. White who called Ms. Peters since she mentioned
they were going to Montville as part of this,
and thought we should better coordinate this between our EDC and Morris County. Mrs. White indicated Ms. Peters did put this
on hold, since she found out that the County Freeholders
also were working on visiting different towns with similar concept. She would get back to us when more
information is available or if they are coming into Montville in the future.
Adoption of EDC minutes of 3-18-09
– Eligible: Mr. Cain, Mr. Driscoll, Ms.
Sanders, Mr. Kachmar, Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Soussa, Ms. Horowitz, Mr. Tabakin, Mr.
Minutes adopted unanimously.
Linda M. White