MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD
6:00 PM Start
MASTER PLAN MINUTES OF JULY 23, 2009
Also Present: Joseph Burgis, Planner
Mr. Burgis summarized the Highland’s Element as it
relates to build out analysis. He indicated that their numbers are low
summarizing them in the report
given to the Board members. He stressed
that until we hear numbers from
COAH, and the concern over the way the building permit computer generates new construction vs.
alteration, that this is another issue that will be clarified over next few months. He elaborated on assumptions and past history. General discussion ensued.
Members discussed the need to use our
website, with Mr. Lewis expressing that
we need to make sure that we have a section on web totally dedicating to the master plan, containing all of
the info, different links, the minutes, statements,
goals and objectives, etc. He would also
like to see a ghost email address
that allows residents to send in statements, questions, areas of concern to the Planning Board, and
asked that this be coordinated. Mrs. White will discuss with Administrator.
Members also want it very clear that
anything posted is clearly marked ‘draft’
since the Highlands documents we are receiving under the grant program is not the work of the township, and
we have had little review of these
documents at this time, and that we do not support an opting in or out until we have had adequate time to analyze
the documents we are receiving. Mrs. Nielson asked that each page be marked
draft with a ‘date’ on it so that residents
are aware we are still reviewing this document, and since these documents change regularly, it will
allow for better ability to make sure there
is less confusion on the issues. Mr.
Burgis was asked to make sure he puts
a disclaimer on the cover of his documents, as well as the watermark draft’.
Mr. Burgis submitted a map reflecting
the current businesses in town and their
activity according to what the zone allows.
He indicated some of the uses
in the permitted use section (noting a telephone conference center) may be old language and should be
updated. Due to time constraints, the issues of discussion on uses centered
on a church use: should they be allowed in industrial zones vs. residential
zones, which is customary. Mr. Burgis indicated that this area needs to be
clarified since we need to come up
with reasonable conditional standards to allow churches. Due to time constraints,
the Master Plan committee will meet again on August 13th continuing these discussions.
Linda M. White