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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH PLANNING BOARD
MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 23, 2002 (Rev.)




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

I. OPENING STATEMENT

The combined public/work session meeting of the Planning Board of the Township of Mahwah, held at the Municipal Building, 300B Route 17 S., Mahwah, NJ 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 audio tape recording is on file with the Board Secretary at the Planning Board Office, 300B Route 17 S., Mahwah, New Jersey. Copies of the tapes may be purchased for a fee.

PRESENT: Mr. Brotherton, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. DeKramer, Mr. Jandris.

ABSENT: Mr. Arbuckle, Mr. Muscarelle, Ms. Omsberg, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Donigian.

PROFESSIONALS: Michael Kelly, P.E., Mara Winokur, P.P., Peter Scandariato, Esq.

II. BILLS

9/1/2002 Kasler Associates $350.00

A motion was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. DeKramer to approve the bill of Kasler Associates. All in favor.

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 6/10/02

No Minutes.

IV. RESOLUTIONS:

FROM MEETING OF 8/26/02

A. T/A #02-2025, ACE SUPPLY, 164 FRANKLIN TPK.
B. T/A #02-2026, EXEC. BINDING, 330 FRANKLIN TPK.
C. BOARD OF ED, ACCEPTANCE OF PLANS

A motion to approve the resolutions of the meeting of 8/26/02 was made by Mr. Trent and Seconded by Mr. DeKramer.

A motion to waive the reading of the resolutions from the meeting of 8/26/02 was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent.

A roll call of members present revealed 6 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. DeKramer, Mr. Jandris.

FROM MEETING OF 8/12/02

A. BD-216-1349, CIPRIANO, 77 VANDERBECK LAND
B. T/A 02-2022, MY SISTERS COTTAGE, 64 RAMAPO VALLEY
C. DKT. #439, SHUART, MINOR S/D, 1 LONG AVE.


A motion to approve the resolutions of the meeting of 8/12/02 was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. DeKramer.

A motion to waive the reading of the resolutions from the meeting of 8/26/02 was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent.

A roll call of members present revealed 5 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. DeKramer, Mr. Jandris. Mayor Martel abstained.

FROM MEETING OF 9/9/02

A. BD-216-239-337, WINHOFFER, 122 SEMINARY DR.
B. T/A 02-2027, AMOROSSO, 160 FRANKLIN TPK.

A motion to approve the resolutions of the meeting of 9/9/02 was made by Mr. Trent and Seconded by Mr. DeKramer.

A motion to waive the reading of the resolutions from the meeting of 9/9/02 was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent.

A roll call of members present revealed 6 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. DeKramer, Mr. Jandris.

V. WORK SESSION:

A. BD-216-239-340, 15 PATRICK BREM CT., SOIL APPL.

Herb Schlessinger of Conklin Associates introduced himself. He is the engineer for the applicant. This is a soil movement application that is in Phase 12. The applicant proposes 63 c.y. of material being required. There is no public hearing required because they are under 1,000 c.y. The plans conform in all respects.

Ms. Wiley stated that the prospective buyer came in to the Planning Dept. and discussed putting in a pool. Mr. Schlessinger stated that the pool is not part of this application.

The site is relatively clear of trees. There are some trees towards the back of the property. Sewers, water mains, curbs and a culvert are already installed. If it has not been paved that is the next step.

Boswell stated that their major concern is the location of the house and the driveway. The driveway is located in a 20 ft. wide drainage easement with a 4 x 6 box culvert. The house is located almost up against the easement. If maintenance is required to the culvert it could compromise the foundation of the house. The original site plan has the house located in a north/south direction as opposed to this plan with shows access off of Patrick Brem Court. If the town ever has to go in to dig up the culvert the owner would replace the driveway at his expense. If they relocate the house to the right there would be a problem with side yard setbacks.

They are willing to move the house 5 ft. to the left to prevent undermining of the house. Boswell said that it will alleviate the problem with regard to the house.

They will replace at least one tree.

A motion to grant conditional approval was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. DeKramer. A roll call of members present revealed 6 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. DeKramer and Mr. Jandris.
VI. OPEN TO THE PBULIC

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

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. DeKramer. All in favor.

VII. PUBLIC HEARINGS:

A. BD-216-239-341, 22 PATRICK BREM CT., SOIL APPLICATION

Notice was not in order. The notice was not in the newspaper until 9/18/2002. Applicant is to re-notice and republish. This matter was carried until the next meeting.

B. DKT. #444, COACH USA, LEISURE LANE, S.P. & SOIL

Thomas Williams, Esq. attorney for applicant introduced himself. Notice was in order. This is a revised site plan application. The initial approval for this project was in 1979 and was approved for a limited number of vehicles. At this time there is a need for more buses and more parking space. Therefore, they are seeking a revised approval to park more buses on this lot.

There will be no servicing done on these buses in the parking lot. The original approval was for an accessory use.

Brendan Matthew, Milford, Pa. was sworn in. He is the Director of Maintenance for Coach USA, northern district of New Jersey. The applicant is trying to accommodate the parking for their buses. A lot of the buses are now parked in outlying areas. The original site plan granted approval of 57 buses and 100 cars. This application seeks approval for 84 buses and 90 cars.

The traffic circulation plan has been requested by Boswell Engineering.

Boswell’s drainage review has requested an oil/water separator.

Michael Carroll of Schwanawede Engineering, 9 Post Road, Oakland, NJ was sworn in. He is a civil engineer and has been employed with Schwanawede for approximately two years. He was offered as an expert witness. The plans were prepared by MAP Engineering.

The existing and topographic plan was marked as Exhibit “A-1”. This site plan shows the existing parking layout. Exhibit “A-2” is the proposed site plan. They are proposing expansion of the parking facility within the lot lines providing for 90 employee parking spaces and 84 buses. With the extension they will provide grading to allow for drainage and they will make improvements to lighting as well.

There will be a new, longer driveway entrance and exit.

They are requesting a waiver for parking setbacks.

Widths and lengths of parking spaces were discussed. There is no ordinance at present that governs width and length of parking spaces for busses.

Turning radius was discussed.

The applicant will amend its site plan to provide for the 1.5 ft. candles.

The applicant is seeking a waiver for impervious lot coverage. Code requires that 5% of a parking area should be landscaped. A landscape design waiver should be requested.

The dual entrance and exit were discussed. The Board requested that the applicant try to revise their plan to make a separate entrance and exit. The applicant will revise their plan to make two separate driveways.

Car parking spaces are proposed at 9 ft. x 20 ft. This meet the Code requirements.

Boswell stated that they have not provided all existing drainage structures within 500 ft. of the property. Boswell does not recommend the granting of this waiver.

The applicant was asked to revise the plans and return. This matter was carried to the meeting of October 28, 2002.

C. DKT. #435, GABRELLIAN, SITE PLAN

The HVAC systems and sound decibel levels were discussed. DEP Regulations state that it should be a reading of 65 decibles from the property line during the day and approximately 45 decibels at night. The applicant meets the DEP Regulations except for one unit which would be 46 decibels. The applicant will be required to meet the DEP Regulations and this will be part of the authorizing resolution.

Scott Koenig of Lapatka Associates was sworn in. He supplied plans to Boswell Engineering which reflect the revisions or comments of their September 18 report. They have agreed to make the additional changes to the lighting. The Site Lighting Plan was marked as Exhibit D-D dated 9/20/02.

Boswell has reviewed the lighting plan that was submitted by Lapatka and has found it acceptable. It meets the Town’s lighting requirements and the changes they made were based on requests by the Board at the last meeting. All perimeter lighting fixtures contain outside shields.

At the last hearing the applicant was requested to make modifications to the plans with respect to widening the driveway access and to alter the lane on MacArthur Blvd. At the north portion of the site the u-turn has been moved to the west. The left turn stacking lane for west bound MacArthur Blvd. traffic has been extended the full length of the existing island. The driveway off of MacArthur Blvd. has been changed to the 15 ft. wide lane in and the 15 ft. wide lane out and a 10 ft. wide cross stripped area in between the two lanes will provide a width of 40 ft. The turning radius at the southeast corner of the driveway has been changed to a 50 ft. turning radius.

DOT traffic engineers have not completed their traffic review.

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. DeKramer. All in favor.

Carl Kreshpane, 33 Swan Road and President of the Camelot Woods Association introduced himself. He stated that he had hoped for a fence behind the landscaping to keep children from going onto the site. The applicant stated that they will entertain this idea. Boswell Engineering will look at the best location for the fence from the standpoints of protection for the neighbors and preservation of the new trees that will be planted. Boswell will come back with a recommendation.

The hours of operation were of concern due to noise levels from large trucks, diesel trucks and refrigerated trucks.

Approval for the tenants will require an inquiry into truck movement, delivery, etc. A sign will be posted on the site routing truck deliveries away from the residential side of the site.

Revised water and sewer plans as requested by Malcolm Pirnie will be submitted by the applicant.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. DeKramer. All in favor.

This matter was continued to the next meeting date.

The impact from the runoff into Masonicus Brook was of concern to the Board. They will have to meet the DEP requirement. They cannot have any more runoff than there currently is.

It was recommended that the request to the Township Council to change the zoning in the IP-120 Zone would be withdrawn.

The Board discussed the possibility of requesting the developer to escrow funds for future roadway improvements.

VIII. WORK SESSION:

A. COMMITTEE REPORTS

B. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

There will be a work session meeting on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 7:30 regarding the continuing Ordinance review.

IX. ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. Trent. All in favor.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:40 P.M.









These minutes were prepared by Joan Mandle



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