Planning Board Minutes
began with an affirmation of the Open Public Meetings Act requirements
and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Minutes from
Roll Call: Present: Mr.Cirillo, Mr. Michitsch, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Soos, Mr. Peters, Mr. Candarella, Mr. Corcione, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Pantina, and Mr. Schielke. Absent: Mr. David and Mr. Laudati.
for Denial: Application #31-06,
Business: Application # 302, Haag,
#33-06, Devlin, 668 Union Avenue, Block 152, Lot 10, a setback variance
for and addition. Sworn in: Michael Devlin. He wants an addition to
his cape-type home with a three-quarter wrap-around porch. Presently,
the house has an insufficient front yard (24.7’ from the front setback).
A second floor add-a-level would create a 23’ front setback. He is also
requesting a porch be added, making an additional 6.5’ (with the stoop)
infringement on the present non-conforming setback. Mr. Pantina suggested
a side porch would not require additional setback variances. Mr. Peters
considered Mr. Devlins’ request a hardship. Two other cases were turned
down with similar requests, and Mr. Michitsch and Mr. Soos said this approval
could set precedents. Mr. O’Malley suggested a smaller, centered porch
might be more acceptable. Mr. Candarella asked if the applicant would
be willing to build a sixteen foot centered porch. Mr. Fraser asked if
applicant agrees to a 6’ x 16’ centered porch. Mr. Devlin would agree.
The new plan must show this modification before the next meeting on
Mr. Candarella made a motion to accept this application (with plan modification), 2nd by Mr. Peters. All in favor: Mr. Soos, Mr. Peters, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Candarella, Mr. Beninati, and Mr. Cirillo. Opposed: Mr. Michitsch and Mr. Pantina.
Application #32-05, Crincoli, 693 Fairfield Avenue, Block 4, Lot 163, a use variance (2-family in LC zone), and a setback variance. Mr. Hale, attorney for the applicant, testified the present structure, a 2-family home, is in poor condition. The new house will eliminate setback variances. Mr. Soos pointed out this a new street and, in replacing utilities, may not be “dug up” for at least five years. Mr. Fraser pointed out this is a Use Variance, and Councilman Soos must be recused.
Mr. James Watson, planner and land surveyor,
will meet the bulk requirements of the Local/Commercial zone, but not
for the Residential zone. The existing lot is only 50’ deep. Mr. Watson
pointed out on the tax map that
He said this has been a 2-family house since 1923. His client is proposing a new 2-story two family dwelling. The LC zone requirements are: a five foot front and side yard setback and a ten foot rear yard setback. The applicant is proposing a sixteen foot front setback (for a 2-car garage). This will improve the parking situation. The new building is the same size as the old building. The impervious coverage will be reduced from 53.6% to 39.4%. In addition, there will be a grading change and the storm water drainage will be directed to the street. He presented three maps of various aerial views. Six of the eight lots are residential lots.
Mr. Candarella asked if the applicant should consider a single family house instead of a two-family, and anything over one year is considered an abandoned use. The attorney said the dwelling has just been vacant since June and Mr. Crincoli purchased it in November, 2005. Mr. Beninati asked if there is a “buffer zone” between the neighboring automotive repair facilities, as required in the zoning laws. The applicant would agree to a privacy fence and plantings. (Regarding the parking, he pointed out, presently a number of complaints exist regarding Mr. Crincoli’s construction materials and dump trucks illegally parked on the property and in the area.) Mr. Corcione asked how much the grade would be raised. The attorney said currently there is a one foot rise, and the land will be raised another foot.
Greg Waga, architect. He said there will be a ground level entry through
a two-car garage, and front steps on
Sworn in: Mr. Peter Crincoli, owner. He purchased the house about a year ago, and is aware it is illegal to park trucks in this area. He agreed with Mr. Peters to place a fence close to the property line. An existing side fence extends to the building that belongs to the repair shop. He will remove the unsightly scaffolding and sand immediately.
Mr. Candarella pointed out this is a large house on an undersized lot and should be single family. Mr. Michitsch agreed. Mr. Crincoli responded he purchased a two-family house and wants to replace it with another two-family house. Mr. Peters reminded him the large basement is for storage only, and is concerned that the house has a potential to become a three-family. Mr. Pantina pointed out that there are only two-family houses on that side of the street. Mr. Crincoli said the lot shape is different from the neighboring houses. The structure has 2,700 square feet (3,900 square footage with the basement plus garage) and is 29’ high. The neighboring house is 15’ high. The present structure is 2,400 square feet. The attorney said his client will provide adequate barriers.
Mr. Peters said a denial would mean the present house would be repaired and not as aesthetic as the new proposal.
Mr. Peters made a motion to approve this application with barrier plantings in the rear and side, as well as trees in front. It is subject to the approval of the Board Engineer. Also, there will be no living quarters in the basement with a deed restriction to this effect. With these conditions, the motion was 2nd by Mr. Corcione.
As a use variance, at least five members voting affirmative are needed to pass this proposal. All in favor: Mr. Peters, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Beninati, and Mr. Michitsch. Opposed: Mr. Candarella and Mr. Cirillo.
Other Business: A Formal Resolution regarding Air Conditioners
Mr. Peters suggested a maximum of 80 decibels at a 5’ property line be part of this proposal. With this inclusion, Mr. Michitsch made a motion to accept this resolution, 2nd by Mr. O’Malley. All in favor: Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Michitsch, Mr. Cirillo, and Mr. Schielke.
Other comments: Mr. Beninati expressed his regret that Mr. Don Fraser will not return as Board Attorney in 2007. Don has been an asset to the Board, working very hard with him and the Recording Secretary, Janet. We appreciate all of his efforts. Mr. Cirillo also appreciated the help of Dons’ professional comments.
The meeting adjourned at
Janet M. Murphy,
Planning Board Recording Secretary
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