TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
September 14, 2005
The meeting of the Environmental Commission was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by John Brotherton, Chairman. The Opening Statement was made. Roll call was taken.
Present: J. Brotherton
J. DeWan (secretary)
Absent: S. Golz
The Minutes of the meeting held on August 24, 2005 were accepted as submitted.
SITE PLAN REVIEW
Woodcliff Lake Development, Dkt. 455
Present at the meeting representing Woodcliff Lake Development, Dkt. 455 were: Peter Montalbano, Pat O’Neil and Tibor Latincsics (Conklin Associates).
The Environmental Commission had reviewed the tree clearing plan at the last meeting and had found parts of it confusing. The developer was asked to come to the meeting to discuss the plan.
Peter Montalbano informed the Environmental Commission that the tree clearing plan reviewed on August 24th was “out”, meaning no longer being used.
He provided a copy of the original preliminary site plan (sheets 1 and 2) which was approved by the Planning Board and stated that plan would be followed. Previously the Environmental Commission questioned where the replacement trees would be planted. Montalbano stated that would not be determined until the houses and grading work are completed.
John Spiech asked the developer for letters confirming location of replacement trees as they are planted. The developer agreed to do this. Individual plans will be submitted on a lot by lot basis.
The following letter was written after this discussion:
Memo to Administrative Officer and Township Engineer
Re: REVIEW OF SITE PLAN/TREE CLEARING PLAN
WOODCLIFF LAKE DEVELOPMENT, DKT. 455
“The Environmental Commission reviewed the revised tree clearing plan for the entire development presented by Peter Montalbano and Tibor Latincsics. The Commission also reviewed the 9/8/05 plan for Lot 1 (formerly lot 14) which now shows 61 trees to be removed and 16 replacement trees. We approve this increase in the number of trees to be removed, as it is necessary for grading as approved in the site plan.
We request that the Township Engineer keep us advised of any changes which may be made in the field, as we will be maintaining records of the tree removal on each lot and the replacement trees which will eventually be planted throughout the subdivision.”
Zoccoli Associates, Dkt. 1167-05SP
Comments to Board of Adjustment: “Not approved. We need a tree removal plan. More landscaping is needed.”
SMS Developers, LLC, Dkt. 488
Deferred until next meeting.
These tenant applications were approved:
Flyte Time Limousine, 360 Franklin Turnpike
Celebration Studios, 164 Franklin Turnpike – photo studio
SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The following permit applications were reviewed at the Environmental Commission meeting held on September 14, 2005. Comments are listed below.
Mahwah Three Associates. 25 Mountain Avenue, Bl. 471, Lot 34.01, E-BD-216-1135, amended 8/26/05.
We note that there are four trees to be removed, with one oak replacement tree. Before giving final approval, we would like to make sure that any trees removed on the adjacent property to the east (easement) have been included in the tree (removal) count.
Andrew Dany, 16 Mountain Road, Bl. 2, Lots 11, 12, E-BD-216-1852, dated 8/18/05.
We do not understand the contour lines. Are the elevations and contour lines correct?
Recommended replacement trees are native deciduous trees.
Daniel Dacy, 59 Tam-O-Shanter Drive, Bl. 118, Lot 35, E-BD-216-1805, amended 9/8/05. We request that the Township Engineer check to make certain that the drainage away from the property doesn’t adversely affect the neighboring properties.
Kevo Development Corp. 18 Patrick Brem Court, Bl. 21.09, Lot 5, E-BD-216-239-395, dated 9/6/05. Applicant did not submit a completed tree preservation form. We need that information.”
Received a copy of a letter from John Lane dated 9/7/05 to Kenneth Braun concerning the berm in front of his residence along Campgaw Road.
Mahwah Day September 24, 2005 – Karin and John B. can go. John S. is away, but will lend his canopy. Susan may be available. She has stated she will lend her “earthscape” model which demonstrates water run-off.
Arbor Day 2005 – John Spiech proposed participating in a program to plant 100 trees on the mountain land. Could be Atlantic White Cedar which is drought resistant, native species and not prone to gypsy moth infestation.
Trail Signs – Karin described educational signs she observed at the Wetlands Institute. She and M. Britton walked the Lake Henry Trail and took photos.
This meeting was held during a power failure along Corporate Drive caused by a lightening storm earlier in the evening. The building was being lit by a battery back-up system. By 9 pm the battery lights were dimming, so the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm so everyone could safely exit the building.
The next meeting of the Environmental Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.