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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH PLANNING BOARD
MINUTES
JANUARY 12, 2004


7:30 P.M. SUB-REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING

1. OPENING STATEMENT

The combined public/work session meeting of the Planning Board of the Township of Mahwah, held at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J. was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Dr. Ross, Chairman. The Opening Statement was read according to the Sunshine Law, followed by the flag salute and roll call.

These minutes are a synopsis of the meeting. A verbatim recording is on file with the Board Secretary at the Planning Board Office, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J. Copies of the recording may be purchased for a fee.

PRESENT: Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian (8:21), Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Jandris, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph, Mr. Roth.

PROFESSIONALS: Peter Scandariato, Esq., Michael Kelly, P.E., Joseph Burgis, P.P.

II. APPROVAL OF BILLS

9/26/03 Law Office of Carmine R. Alampi, Esq. $ 85.00
Peter Scandariato, Esq.

12/17/03 Law Office of Carmine R. Alampi, Esq. $1,200.00
Peter Scandariato, Esq.

12/17/03 Law Office of Carmine R. Alampi, Esq. $1,062.50
Peter Scandariato, Esq.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Mr. DaPuzzo and seconded by Mr. Trent. All in favor.

III. APROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the minutes of December 1, 2003 was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent. All in favor.

IV. RESOLUTIONS

None.

V. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Lamster and seconded by Mr. Trent.

Francis Ferraro, 1059 Ash Drive introduced herself. She had concerns about the new buildings to be put up on the corner of North Central and Macarthur Blvd. Dr. Ross asked her to reserve her questions for the public hearing.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Lamster. All in favor.

VI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. DKT. #462 MACARTHUR BLVD. LLC, BLOCK 139, LOT 4 (RUSSO
DEVELOPMENT

Richard Berger, Esq. appeared on behalf of the applicant. Mr. Berger recalled Mr. Spataro, Architect, to discuss the signage issues and the variances needed with respect to these issues.

They believe there are three types of signage needed: A project identifier at the entrance; a directional for each of the buildings at the end of the driveway and a tenant identifier at the building for each of the spaces. Mr. Spataro addressed these three sign variances. The projected signs are not in the site triangle.

Scott Koenig, 12 Route 17 North, Paramus, N.J. was sworn in as an expert witness in Landscaping.

Landscaping Plans/Details for Russo Development dated 8/29/03 was marked into evidence as Exhibit “A-11”. He described these plans addressing the comments in reports from Boswell Engineering and Burgis Associates.

The Lighting Plan dated 8/29/03 was marked as Exhibit “A-12”. Mr. Koenig described the lighting plan. Mayor Martel objected to Mr. Koenig’s testimony on lighting as he is not a lighting expert. He will limit his testimony to lighting as it relates to landscaping. There will be a 6 ft. high fence to run behind the proposed landscaping which was in compliance with a request by the Environmental Commission and the residential neighbors to the southwest.

Mike Kelly requested that the applicant have the plans show the trees that are proposed to be removed within the 100 ft. buffer.

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. DaPuzzo. All in favor.

Francis Ferraro, 1051 Ash Dr. introduced herself. She had concerns about the lighting and the truck traffic.

Maria Nigro, 1111 Ash Dr. introduced herself. She asked about the refuse.

Tammy Leancy, 1218 Mulberry Dr. asked if there would be discussions on parking and traffic.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. DaPuzzo. All in favor.

Mr. Lapatka discussed the lighting and stated that there would be no spillage on residential properties. At the request of the Police Department and the Board the applicant has agreed to move the light poles back at the entrance on both North Central and MacArthur Blvd.

There was a discussion regarding the alternate parking plan marked Exhibit “A-5”. They have eliminated the parking garage concept and spread out additional parking spaces around the parking lot where space was available. They also eliminated some of the loading spaces and put in parking spaces. They are proposing 790 parking spaces now and they have additional room on the site to build up to 1264 spaces which is code.

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. DaPuzzo and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. All in favor.

Francis Ferraro had questions regarding the parking spaces.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. DaPuzzo. All in favor.

Dr. Ross requested that Boswell McClave give the Board a list of 3 Traffic Engineers to do a traffic study of the site and the surrounding area to be funded by the applicant’s Escrow account.

A motion requiring the applicant to have an independent traffic study was made by Mr. DaPuzzo and seconded by Mr. Roth. A roll call revealed aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Jandris, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth.

This matter was carried to the meeting of January 26, 2004.

B. DKT. #461, VISTA BAHN ESTATES, BLOCK 23, LOTS 53, 54, 55.

Bruce Whitaker, Attorney for the applicant was present.

Mr. Whitaker reviewed the issues that were still open with the Board at the last meeting and have been resolved by the applicant.

Mr. Whitaker stated that the soil movement application has been amended to reflect that the soil movement is now only for the roadway and detention system. There will be a soil movement application on the individual lots.

Mr. Whitaker addressed the Winter House on Lot 1 with regards to the Historic Preservation Society’s concern. They are proposing to preserve and maintain the Winter House and the Well House. The barn would be removed. The concept is that it would be deed restricted and considered an accessory building to the home that would be built on that lot.

Mr. Whitaker recalled Mr. Schlesinger. He referred to the Boswell McClave report of January 7, 2004. New plans have been prepared based on their comments. Regarding the catch basins, Mike Kelly informed Mr. Schlesinger that there must be signage on all inlets being put in. It is etched into the headpiece of the inlet.

Regarding the letter of Hormoz Pazwash of January 6, 2004, Mr. Schlesinger stated that they can accommodate all the issues in the report.

Mr. Schlesinger met with Mr. Green of Sun Valley Farms regarding the drainage issue.

Regarding the marking of the wetlands, Mr. DaPuzzo suggested and Mike Kelly recommended there be concrete monuments at each point where it crosses the lot line and at all other bends and at mid points of curve lines they will put in iron rods.

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. All in favor.

Richard Green, Sun Valley Farm introduced himself. He discussed his meeting with Mr. Schlesinger and the conditions both parties agreed upon. He also voiced his concerns about the steep slope variance requested by the applicant.

Wayne McCabe, Historian Planner who serves the Township Historic Preservation Commission introduced himself. He was asked to come before the Planning Board to voice the concerns and the suggestions from the Historic Preservation Commission. They feel very strongly about the preservation of the Winter House and the Well House.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mr. DaPuzzo and seconded by Mr. Jandris. All in favor.

Mr. Trent made a motion to grant conditional approval and seconded by Mr. DaPuzzo. A roll call revealed 9 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth. Mayor Martel and Mr. Lamster abstained from voting.
VII. WORK SESSION

A. UPS EXPANSION REQUEST

Evan Yassky, Architect appeared on behalf of the applicant UPS for a project on the MacArthur Blvd. property. UPS is interested in building two stories above the basement vault. It is Phase II of a project that came before the Board in 1993 and was given preliminary approval at that time.

George James, Engineer, gave a brief summary of the first expansion done in 1993. They are requesting an additional 27,000 sq. feet of mechanical space. Dr. Ross asked the applicant to return with more information as to the number of additional parking spaces that will be needed and the amount of empty parking spaces they have now. He also wanted the number of additional employees that they are planning to bring in. They are to submit this information with an application.

Mr. Yassky asked the Board for their consideration on locating a separate utility building to house engine generators. Dr. Ross indicated that this would not be a problem as long as it is far enough away from a residential area and the noise is attenuated.

B. TA 04-200 PRESTIGE MOTORS, 73 RAMAPO VALLEY RD.

Bill Dator appeared on behalf of Prestige Management Service for a tenant application for a 30,000 sq. ft. building at the site of the Mahwah Business Park.

Chris Turner of Prestige Motors stated that they will be using this space for new cars, used cars and repairs. Dr. Ross objected to the spray booth. Mr. Turner stated that they would be installing a new spray booth and would meet the current rules of the EPA. Mr. DaPuzzo explained that if it is a new booth there would be little or no contamination.

There are 120 parking spaces being allocated to Prestige. With this approval they would eliminate two parking lots; one at Rt. 202 and the other by the Post Office.

Mike Kelly asked for the site plans which show the details of the oil water separator to make sure it conforms to Township requirements.

A motion to grant conditional approval was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mayor Martel. A roll call revealed 11 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Jandris, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth.

C. COMMITTEE REPORT

1. TA 03-2038, NATURE VIEW LANDSCAPE, 113 MOFFAT RD., BL. 59,
LOT 15.

This applicant is moving into the new building at Moffat Rd. There is enough parking for the employees and the equipment.

II. TA 03-2039 MARTTYNAS CEROAUSKAS, 62 FRANKLIN TURNPIKE

This application is for auto repair at the Shell Gas Station on Franklin Turnpike

Mr. Trent made a motion to approve the 2 tenant applications seconded by Mr. Brotherton. A roll call revealed 11 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Jandris, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth.

D. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

1. LOT DEPTH ISSUE

At the last meeting the Board asked Mr. Burgis to look into the issue of how to measure lot depth. Mr. Burgis prepared a memo dated December 1, 2003. He reviewed this memo and the ordinances regarding lot depth and explained his suggestion for a minor adjustment to determine the calculations. He will draw up a proposal and present it to the Board at the next meeting.

2. WACHOVIA BANK

There was a discussion regarding the lights at the Wachovia Bank site. The lights under the canopy are brighter than what was approved and Mike Kelly asked for a new plan to remedy this situation. There have been minor temporary measures taken but there are still items that need to be addressed. The parking lots are acceptable.

A motion to close the meeting was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. Trent. All in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 11:08 p.m.





These minutes were prepared by Rosalie DeMartino.












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