MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD
MASTER PLAN MINUTES OF AUGUST
Mr. Visco - present
PRESENT: Joe Burgis, Planner
Land Use Compatibility Issues
continued on existing zoning and uses permitted and existing within the
community. Discussions held on: existing uses in the I1A zone (Rt. 46 area) and
what I1A uses are permitted by code. The
subcommittee review permitted listed uses and recommended elimination of the
following from the I1A zone: banks,
central telephone exchanges, medical clinics, permit all indoor sports
(eliminate word ‘court’), nursing homes, residential health care, hospitals,
places of worship, add vocational or technical to ‘schools’, eliminate
helistops, power generation stations and outdoor storage.
issue: religious use – should they be
permitted in industrial zones. Mr.
Burgis discussed some examples, and would come back at future meetings with his
B3 zone (Rt. 46 area) existing locations and uses, as well as zoning uses
discussed. Subcommittee recommend eliminating
central telephone exchanges, theaters, motels, bowling alleys, same wording for
indoor sports (eliminate word ‘court’), vehicle sales, fine art studios, art
galleries, museums, libraries, animal clinics, contractors yards, moving and
storage, school bus storage and maintenance, recreational facilities, child and
adult care, and agriculture use.
B4 zone (Rt. 46 area) reviewed. Mr.
Burgis felt that there needs to be a clear distinction as to what is a retail
use vs. a personal services use, noting the differences between the two
resulting in the need to further define and break down the different uses that
would be retail use vs. personal service. The subcommittee saw no problem with allowing
hotel use in this zone.
Zone reviewed. There are various OB zones (OB1A, OB2, etc.). Mr. Burgis was asked to look at all of the OB
zones, their zoning requirements and uses permitted and come back with some
recommendations for these zones and their uses.
& public involvement process discussed.
Committee members stressed the importance of making sure our website has
an area where the residents can review the documents we are working on, which
allows them the ability to communicate to the committee with questions and
comments, and to make sure that they are aware that we need their input on this
important planning document. Subcommittee
minutes and articles are already posted, but the committee wanted assurances
that there is some type of registry set up and email system that allows
residents opportunity to voice their concerns.
Mrs. White will coordinate with township administrator.
for public meetings with residents will be on Saturday mornings so that there
are more opportunities to involve our residents in this important process. These schedules will need to be set up
sometime in the future. Mrs. Nielson stressed the importance of using
whatever media we can to keep our residents up to date and involved in process,
noting we should consider all of the local newspapers with a press release, not
just the Montville Messenger. Discussion
continued on development of meetings with other agencies (.e. Board of
Adjustment). Mrs. Nielson asked that we include
the Chamber of Commerce in
this. This scheduling will also be
Lewis asked Mrs. White to coordinate a master plan subcommittee meeting for the
September 10th meeting of the Board at 6PM, and provide the Sunshine
Notice. The Subcommittee is already set
for the 9/24/09 meeting at 6PM.
Highlands’s discussion: we need to make sure we have our Housing
Element completed before the December 8th deadline regardless of
whether or not we wish to opt in or out to ensure we comply with COAH
requirements. Mr. Burgis was requested
to begin work on the Housing Element, and we will look for which meeting will
work for public hearings (consider October 8th meeting of Planning
Board based on completion of document by Burgis).
Burgis was reminded to submit the pro’s/con’s on opting in/out of the Highland’s for the
9/10/09 meeting of Planning Board. Mrs.
Nielson stressing the importance of having this document in advance since the
Township Committee needs to be involved.
Mr. Burgis concurred and is working on it, and will have it available
for the 9/10/09 meeting.