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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH PLANNING BOARD
MINUTES

OCTOBER 24, 2005


6:45 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 Dr., Mahwah, N. J. was called to order at 7:00 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 audio tape recording is on file with the Board Secretary at the Planning Board Office, 475 Corporate Dr., Mahwah, N. J. Copies of the tapes may be purchased for a fee.

PRESENT: Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Ms. Richter, Mr. Rudolph,
Mr. Sherer.

ABSENT: Mr. DaPuzzo, Mayor Martel, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian (8:00 p.m.)

PROFESSIONALS: Peter J. Scandariato, Esq., Mike Kelly, P.E., Joe Burgis, P.P.

SWEARING IN OF NEW/REAPPOINTED MEMBERS:

Ward Donigian was sworn in as Class IV Member and Todd Sherer was sworn in as Alternate II Member by Peter J. Scandariato, Planning Board Attorney.

II. APPROVAL OF BILLS

9/29/05 Harwood Lloyd $540.00
Peter J. Scandariato, Esq.

10/12/05 Harwood Lloyd $216.00
Peter J. Scandariato, Esq.

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

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the minutes of September 26, 2005 was made by Mr. Crean and seconded by Mr. Rudolph. All voted in favor and Ms. Richter abstained.

IV. MEMORIALIZING RESOLUTION

FROM SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 MEETING

1. #05-004T – HASCO, LLC. & BETTS CONTRACTING – EDISON &
MOLLIE CT.
2. E-BD-216-1813 – POLICASTRO PROPERTIES LLC – 35 MASONICUS
3. E-BD-216-1814 – POLICASTRO PROPERTIES LLC – 43 MASONICUS
4. E-BD-216-1832 – TREMBLAY BUILDERS – 2 DONNER COURT
5. DKT. #112-B-A – RAIA PROPERTIES – MAHWAH II, LLC – 330
FRANKLIN TURNPIKE
6. DKT. #488 – SMS DEVELOPERS, LLC. – AIRMOUNT RD.

A motion to approve the Resolutions was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Jandris. A roll call of eligible members revealed 5 aye votes by Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean and Mr. Rudolph.

V. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A motion to open the meeting to the Public was made by Mr. Jandris and seconded by Mr. Trent. All voted in favor.

A motion to close was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Rudolph. All voted in favor.

VI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

There were no scheduled Public Hearings.

VII. WORK SESSION

A. CONCEPT PLAN – MINOR SUBDIVISION, ABMA’S FARM, 201 E.
CRESCENT AVE.

Mr. Russo, Attorney for the applicant, Steve & Karen Koestner, appeared before the Board.

The applicant is seeking to subdivide the existing lot into 2 lots. They would discontinue the nursery and restore the Victorian home to use as their residence. The applicant will need a variance for lot frontage on each lot. The proposed frontage will be approximately 132 ft. on each lot where 150 ft. is required. Mr. Koestner stated the in-ground pool may stay depending on how the new house is designed.

Mike Kelly stated that an additional variance would be needed if the one story garage and the masonry garage are to remain. The applicant would need a variance for an additional accessory structure.

The existing home and the new home will be serviced by sewer. There is a well on the property which the applicant intends to use.

The Board is recommending that the applicant go ahead with their plan for the minor subdivision.

B. E-BD-216-239-395 – KEVO, 18 PATRICK BREM COURT

George Koushagjian of Kevo Development Co. appeared before the Board.

Mike Kelly stated this is one of the last lots in Phase 12 of Rio Vista. He indicated that the elevation that is proposed for the first floor is 3-1/2 ft. above what was approved on the subdivision plans. He has no problem with this issue.

The applicant is providing seepage pits to retain the run off. They addressed all concerns in the Boswell report.

Dr. Ross had some concerns regarding tree removal. Mike Kelly stated they will be required to have one replacement tree for this lot.

A motion to approve was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Crean. A roll call of members present revealed 7 aye votes by Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Ms. Richter, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Sherer.

C. E-BD-216-1852, DANY, 16 MOUNTAIN RD.

Andrew Dany, 16 Mountain Rd. appeared before the Board. The applicant is seeking a waiver for slopes of 1V:3H grade instead of 1V:4H. They will be adding an addition to the existing house. There is an existing well on the property.

Mike Kelly stated there are minor issues to be addressed by the applicant’s Engineer. This lot is located in the Highland’s Preservation area and Mr. Kelly stated that based on his review this application is exempt. The applicant will not have to submit an exemption request to the State. Mr. Dany stated that he was in touch with the NJDEP regarding this issue and they informed him that he does not fall within their guidelines.

A motion to approve was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Rudolph. A roll call of eligible members revealed 7 aye votes by Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Ms. Richter, Mr. Crean, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Sherer.

D. DKT. #471-F – AIRMONT ACRES, LLC, 272 AIRMONT AVE.

The applicant is seeking their final subdivision approval. Mike Kelly stated the application is the same as the preliminary application. There still are some issues to be addressed and Mr. Kelly stated they will allow these to be conditions of final approval.

A motion to approve by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Rudolph. A roll call of members present revealed 5 aye votes by Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Rudolph and 2 abstentions by Mr. Crean and Mr. Sherer. Ms. Richter recused herself.

E. COMMITTEE REPORTS

1. TA05-2031 – RICCIO HAIR SALON, 425 FOREST AVE.

A motion to approve was made by Mr. Crean and seconded by Mr. Jandris. A roll call of eligible members revealed 7 aye votes by Mr. Jandris, Mr. Crean, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Ms. Richter, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Sherer.

2. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Burgis indicated that a Public Hearing will be held at the next Planning Board meeting of November 14, 2005 on the Town’s Housing Plan. The Town is obligated by the COAH Certification to file this plan no later than December 20, 2005. After the Planning Board takes action, the Council will then have to take action.

Mr. Burgis stated that for all the Mt. Laurel projects dealt with over the last 20 years, the Town has 420 excess credits at a minimum and it more than addresses our obligation.

Mr. Burgis stated the Board will be receiving a 90 page document from him detailing to COAH as to how they arrived at all the conclusions. This doesn’t require the Town to do anything new in terms of housing construction.

VIII. ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Rudolph. All voted in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.




These minutes were prepared by Rosalie DeMartino.






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