MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD
195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building
MASTER PLAN MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
Nielson – Present
Lipari - Present
Lewis - Present
Mr. Visco - Present
Mr. Karkowsky - Present
ALSO PRESENT: Joe Burgis,
Land Use Compatibility Issues
Mr. Burgis reviewed the draft
matrix for the subcommittee. He
developed the matrix to compare 7 components as it relates to the Highlands to give numerical weight as to whether we
should opt in or not. The Affordable
Housing numbers get adjusted by the Highlands
after each assessment. COAH’s numbers
are currently 316 and the Highland’s
revised numbers is 84 units.
Mr. Burgis - Not losing any
deference from the current MLUL but if in Highlands
they pay for legal representation. If we
opt in there is a greater change of getting planning grants. Ms. Nielson – The Township is built out, how
many planning grants would we need? Mr.
Burgis – There is not a lot of build out potential in Montville
Township but if the Township opts in
there will be more studies required by the Highlands. Mr. Burgis suggested another column in the
matrix that would give a weight of importance (5 being most important and 1 being
least important) so we can get a level of importance for each point.
Mr. Burgis – We have an extension
unit June 8, 2010 so it does not make a difference. We do not have to have a public meeting on
the housing obligation on September 24, 2009.
said that there is no October 1st deadline on the Affordable Housing
Obligation aspect only. By December 7th
the Township needs to make a decision to opt in or out of the Highlands. The Highlands
have done an analysis to determine growth.
There is an 84 unit obligation under the Highlands
as opposed to the 316 unit obligation under COAH. If the Township opts out of the Highlands, they can use this analysis to go back to COAH
to request reduction in obligation numbers.
Ms. Nielson – When will we know what the net out is between the growth
share and the 2nd round numbers?
Mr. Burgis – Within a month. Need
to look at the existing Affordable Housing Units and relate it to 2nd
and 3rd round to come up with a differential.
The Masterplan Subcommittee
will meet again on September 23, 2009 at 8:30am to discuss numbers. Mr. Burgis indicated that the Highlands have
reinstated RCA’s within the Highlands
Municipal Build Out
The County did a build out
analysis of 567 residential units and 1,438,800 non residential sq.ft. where
the Highlands did an analysis of 92
residential units and 27,927 non residential sq.ft. with 43 jobs. Opting into the Highlands
would have no growth in Town. Discussion
ensued on the water allocation within the Township.
Impact on Planning Program
The Township is only required
to do a re-examination of the master plan every 6 years. Under the Highlands,
there are 11 plan elements that need to be prepared. Mr. Burgis reviewed the regulatory
process. Ms. Nielson asked if once the
Township opts in, can they opt out at a later date? Mr. Burgis indicated that he has not gotten a
firm answer on that question to date.
Transfer of Development
Mr. Lewis indicated that he
was not sure this program was realistic.
Ms. Nielson indicated that if the Township opts out they would have to
go back to the County on the wastewater issue.
Need to find out the deadlines in dealing with this.
The committee was requested
to submit their tally’s to Ms. White no later than 9/18/09 in order for her to
forward to Mr. Burgis so it can be completed prior to the September 24th
Discussion ensued on
combining some of the OB zones. Would not be feasible to have one OB zone but some can be combined. OB2B needs discussion on building coverage
allowable numbers since none are in place currently. There can be some combination of OB1 & 2. The lot sizes are comparable along with the
list of permitted uses previously discussed.
Can bring the lot size down to 60,000 sq.ft. Ms. Nielson – Would that result in additional
possible subdivisions? Mr. Burgis – Yes
but no major impact.
Mr. Burgis indicated that he
needed to put everything discussed into a text format at this point. Ms. Nielson indicated that they needed to
have a deadline on the Residential aspect of zoning.
Mr. Lewis indicated that for
the September 24th subcommittee hearing the matrix is to be refined
and the COAH summary discussed and over the month of October the matrix will be
used to opt in or out and make recommendations to the Township Committee.
Linda M. White