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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH PLANNING BOARD
MINUTES

JUNE 28, 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 (9:00 p.m.), Mr. DaPuzzo (9:15 p.m.), Mayor Martel (8:30 p.m.), Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth.

ABSENT: Mr. Jandris

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

II. APPROVAL OF BILLS

6/15/04 Law Office of Carmine Alampi $400.00
Peter Scandariato, Esq.

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

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the minutes of May 24, 2004 was made by Mr. Lamster and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. All in favor

A motion to approve the minutes of June 14, 2004 was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent. All in favor. Mr. Lamster abstained.

IV. RESOLUTIONS

FROM MEETING OF MAY 24, 2004:
A. DKT. #472, COTTONE, MAJOR SUBDIVISION

A motion to conditionally approve the Resolution was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent. A roll call of eligible members revealed 7 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth.

V. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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

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

VI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. E-BD-216-239-372, 2 PATRICK BREM CT., SOIL APPLICATION

Notices in order.

Herb Schlesinger, 29 Church St., Ramsey, N. J.; Larry Turco, 51 Crocker Mansion Dr., Mahwah and Tom LaPuma, 3 Bourbon St., Wayne, N. J. were sworn in.

The property is located in Phase XII of Rio Vista, Block 21.09, Lot 1. Mr. Schlesinger stated there should be no import or export of soil and that all movement would be on the property.

The applicant is requesting a waiver for a 3:1 slope where 4:1 is required.

Mr. Kelly indicated that the applicant has designed a seepage pit to handle the additional runoff. Mr. Kelly recommends that a portion of the roof runoff that is needed to meet the design of the subdivision be directed to the seepage pit and the other roof leaders be directed right into the system.

Mr. Brotherton stated that the replacement trees are not to include Norway Maples or White Pines.

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

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

A motion to conditionally approve the application was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Crean. A roll call of members present revealed 7 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr, Roth.
B. DKT. #462-A, RUSSO DEVELOPMENT – PRELIMINARY AND FINAL
SITE PLAN

Notices in order.

Richard Berger, Attorney for the applicant appeared before the Board. They are seeking reconsideration of the decision made April 26, 2004 based upon significant modifications to the plan.

Mr. Berger stated that the following modifications have been made:

1. The footprint of the building has been reduced by moving it back away from the
residential property line. The distance is now 144 ft. as opposed to 124 ft.

2. They have eliminated one of the loading docks closest to the residents to reduce the
noise impact. To comply with the noise ordinance, Mr. Berger stated that all
occupants will have to apply for a tenant application approval before the Planning
Board. They will have to provide hours of operation and restrictions concerning hours
for truck traffic; size and nature of the trucks that the applicant owns and the trucks
entering the property.

3. In order to deal with the noise concern, they have increased the buffer from 145 trees
to 247 trees. These trees will be planted as soon as the application is granted and site
work has commenced.

4. They have adjusted the site lighting. New plans have been submitted.

5. Regarding the proposed left turn lane for traffic in the westerly direction, Mr. Berger
assured the Board that they will make every possible effort to get a left turn signal
approval from the DOT. If the building is erected and they do not have approval then
all traffic will be directed into the site from North Central Ave. rather than
Macarthur Blvd.

Mr. Berger explained the two variances needed. One is the disturbance of the buffer zone and the other is for a Project Identification sign.

The applicant is requesting 3 waivers: Parking; exceeding the maximum curb return radius and maximum depressed curb length. They stated they would provide wheel stops.

Mr. Lapatka, P.E. appeared before the Board. He has been previously sworn in.

Under questioning by Mr. Berger, Mr. Lapatka explained the changes to the footprint of Building “B”. This change was to address one of the concerns of the Board regarding the truck maneuvering around the southeasterly corner around this building. The size of the footprint was reduced from 218,696 sq. ft. to 213,626 sq. ft.

Mr. Lapatka described the lighting plan and the changes made to this plan.

Under questioning by Mr. Berger, Mr. Lapatka explained his reasons for not putting in a sidewalk on North Central Ave.

Mr. Lapatka stated that they will revise the parking plan showing the one additional space from 789 to 790 spaces as requested by Mr. Kelly.

A copy of the revised site layout plan, sheet 1 of 10 dated 5/20/04 was marked as Exhibit “A-14”.

In answer to Mr. Lamster’s question, Mike Kelly stated that the plans reviewed by the DEP were those submitted by Russo Development.

Mr. Kelly recommended that the color of the chain link fence be approved by the residents on Swan Rd. and Mallard Rd.

There was a discussion regarding the left hand turn and the approval by the DOT for the bridge improvements and the improvements to the intersection at North Central and Macarthur. Mr. Berger informed the Board that they have already received conceptual approval for the improvements at the Macarthur and North Central intersection.

Mr. Kelly stated that the revised parking and lighting plans are acceptable. He suggested that there be construction access on both Macarthur and North Central.

Mr. Koenig, Landscape Architect appeared before the Board. He was previously sworn in. Mr. Koenig addressed the revised Landscape Plan explaining the additional trees and their placement on the site.

Mr. Koenig read a letter from the Engineer at Crew Engineering on behalf of Ramsey stating that they are in agreement regarding the removal of the brush at the southeast property line in order to afford adequate site distance for the proposed driveway to North Central Ave. This letter was marked Exhibit “A-15”. The applicant agreed to get a letter from the Borough’s Governing Body.

Mr. Donigian asked that the trees not be spaced any closer than 12 feet. Spacing of the trees are to be noted on the plans.

Joseph Spataro appeared before the Board. He was previously sworn in.

Mr. Spataro addressed the sign issue. He explained the need for a Project Identification Sign at the entrance on Macarthur Blvd.; leading someone into the project and then at the end of the entrance driveway a directory sign for the 1600 and 1700 building. At the parking areas there would be signs for each of the buildings and identification signs. The Project Identification Sign would be a 2 sided masonry sign 6 ft. 8 ins. high from grade with 10 inch high lettering.

Mr. Kelly asked the applicant to agree to resurface from curb to curb along the Macarthur Blvd. frontage up to the Route 17 Right Of Way. Mr. DaPuzzo indicated that the Township will be resurfacing the roadway from Ridge Rd. down to Route 17 Right of Way in the near future. If this happens before the project is completed, then the town ordinance states that you cannot touch a road within two years of the road improvement. Mr. DaPuzzo suggested the town pave up to the applicant’s property line and the applicant would be responsible for the rest. There was a discussion regarding the applicant’s responsibility and the township’s responsibility and a cost sharing agreement will have to be made between the two parties.

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

Carl Creshpane, 33 Swan Rd. appeared before the Board. He is representing Camelot Woods Development which is located behind the proposed facility. He questioned the limit of disturbance and the on-site traffic flow. He also voices his concerns regarding the left hand turn.

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

A motion to conditionally approve the application was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Roth. There was a discussion with the Board members and the Professionals on the motion of approval regarding DOT jurisdiction, left turn signals, off-tract improvements, conceptual approvals given to the applicant by the DOT and the project identification sign. A roll call of members revealed 8 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph, Mr. Roth and 2 abstentions by Mayor Martel and Mr. DaPuzzo.

C. DKT. #469, HASCO, BL. 173, LOT 122 – PRELIMINARY & FINAL SITE
PLAN

Public Hearing carried to July 12, 2004.

VII. WORK SESSION

A. DKT. #461, VISTA BAHN – FINAL MAJOR SUBDIVISION

Bruce Whitaker, Attorney for the applicant appeared before the Board.

Mr. Whitaker stated that he has no objections to the report from Mr. Burgis.

Mr. Whitaker indicated that the conditions in the Preliminary approval will become conditions in the Final Subdivision approval. Once title is taken, the conditions can be resolved.

Mr. Whitaker stated that there would be marking of the wetlands at the time the lot is being developed. Mr. Kelly has no objection.

Regarding the Winter House, Mr. Scandariato stated that as a condition of approval, this house is to be maintained by the owner of that lot.

A motion to conditionally approve the application was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Crean. A roll call of members present revealed 9 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian, Mr. DaPuzzo, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth.

B. COMMITTEE REPORTS

1. T/A 04-2015 - NOBEL BIOCARE INC., 800 CORPORATE DR.

2. T/A 04-2014 – COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, 55 WHITNEY RD.

3. #04-004T – TRAILER APPLICATION, SUBURBAN CAPS.

A motion to approve the above applications was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Lamster. A roll call of eligible members revealed 9 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Donigian, Mr. DaPuzzo, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Roth.

C. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Kelly informed the Board that the DOT has approved a sign on Route 17 before the Home Depot entrance making motorists aware that they are approaching Home Depot.

Regarding Woodcliff Lake Development, Mr. Kelly stated that the DOT has given the applicant approval to connect their berm into the DOT’s berm.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Roth. All voted in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 10:40 p.m.





These minutes were prepared by Rosalie DeMartino.






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