Planning Board Minutes
began with an affirmation of the Open Public Meetings Act requirements:
The schedule of meetings is on file in the Borough Clerks office, was
posted on the bulletin board, and has been mailed to the Cranford Chronicle,
the Kenilworth Leader, and the Star Ledger. All present recited the Pledge
of Allegiance. The Minutes from
Roll Call: Present: Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Michitsch, Mr. Beninati, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Schielke, Mr. Dick, and Mr. Mancino. Absent: Mr. Soos, Mr. David, Mr. Deluca, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Pantina.
Mr. Beninati had distributed a letter from Pet Smart;
Business: Application #289-1 (revised),
Sworn in: Pastor John Smith. He said the church is 85 years old, and presently has 80 parishioners. The church was burned in 1965 and rebuilt. The present structure must be updated (restrooms, training facilities, etc.) Former Mayor Tripodi and the Borough Council (in June, 1996) leased the adjacent “paper street” for $1 per year for 25 years (cancelable by the Borough with a 60 day notice) to be used for parking for church functions. This area must be maintained and insured by the church.
Sworn in: Trustee Gregor Smith. He will check with the insurance policy for coverage.
asked how many days per week would the three classrooms be in use. At
present, this has not been decided. The trustee said there are eighteen
youth in the church and they need a Sunday school classroom. One room
would have a Food Bank storage area. The Fellowship Hall seats 164 people.
said the leased part of the paper street (13th) extends to
Tim Duffy, Attorney for Brent Materials, asked if the church would have a problem with Brent Materials using the unpaved easement portion of this “paper street”. His client will sub-let that part of the street. Vehicles cannot cross the creek.
is not challenging the church expansion with the condition that the applicant
will provide a sub-lease with Brent Material Company for the portion of
Sworn in: Richard Gardner, a Brent Materials representative. He said they will not store materials or expand on this part of the paper street. It will be used for access only.
Mr. Duffy, attorney for Brent Materials, said his client needs to use part of the church property adjacent to the paper road (behind the church). The company wants access to a lot they own that goes onto the south part of the (paper) street. The church accepts this proposal with advance notice. Mr. Mancino said the church can add parking spaces by paving 15’ to the creek. Mr. Swayze said this may add two parking spaces on each side, but may trigger a “wetland permit”.
Sworn in: Michael Spillane, engineer on behalf of the church. He said the area to be paved would add four spaces, but would cause flooding to the Brent Materials parking lot. Mr. Swayze said there are 55 spaces required. There is no parking on the site. The representative said part of Brents’ land could be sold to the church to add spaces.
described the architectural plan for the addition. He said it is 687
square feet and one story above the basement. There will be 31 parking
spaces (with handicapped spaces). The pre existing setback is 15.10 ft.
(25’ is required). The drawings should be updated showing removal of
an extension in the rear. The plans must also indicate the correct zone
data. They are not within stream encroachment. The site lighting is
at the entrance and will stay the same. Access is
Mr. Michio Sanga, architect. He said the concrete walkway from the parking
area to the entrance will be extended. The door and step will not increase
the proposed variance request. The engineer for the church will make
all plans agree and include the requirements of the July 11 letter (from
the Borough engineer) as a condition of approval. Mr. Duffy asked to include
as a condition of approval: the $1 sub-lease of the “
Sworn in: Mr. Frank Pugliese, contractor. He and the neighbors approve of the new plans for the church.
requested a vote be taken. Mr. Beninati moved the application be accepted,
and Mr. Mancino 2nd with the following requirements (read by
must submit new plans and must conform to letter of the Borough engineer,
2. The sub-lease be submitted to the Board Attorney for review (of the “paper street”)
3. A notation that access to the South side of this street be permitted to Brent Materials on a 24 hour notice.
3. Re-addressing the rear yard setback by removing a “bump” shown on the plans.
4. Lighting will be discussed with our Borough engineer.
5. The church must provide an Insurance policy with the Borough as “additionally insured”.
6. Any fee-involved activity is prohibited (rental or catering); and only church-related activities be allowed.
The proposed fencing will not be a requirement, and the lighting will be discussed with Mr. Swayze. The Borough engineer will review the existing lights and landscaping proposals. All in favor: Mr. Corcione, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Schielke, Mr. Dick, Mr. Mancino, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Michitsch, and Mr. Cirillo.
Business: In response to a request made by Mr. Mancino at a prior
meeting, the Board was given a letter from
Building Official and Zoning Official:
also recommends an Ordinance be passed on odd-sized lots. He suggested
the side yard be a minimum of 10 %. He also suggested a concrete front
yard setback should be prohibited. Mr. Michitsch will prepare a proposal
at the next work session and give it to the Borough Attorney.
for the Good of the Board: Sworn in: Joanne Dillon,
Mr. O’Malley said the Code Official was at the site two times and required the roof to be lowered. It was initially lowered, but not enough to meet the zone code. He said technically, the zoning of this site could have allowed a commercial building. The Board felt a house would be better suited for the area than a commercial building.
Mrs. Dillon said parking and traffic is difficult. She asked the Board to be consistent and address lot coverage. Other houses were not approved because they were oversized. The neighbors are concerned this will become more than a 2-family house, and will be carefully watching the house that this will not happen.
Mr. Frank Pugliese, Builder, previously sued the town, and won, to allow him to build a Duplex house. At the time he submitted this application, the new ordinance prohibiting Duplex housing was in discussion, and an ordinance was not in place at that time.
He said on
He questioned the Board on their decisions.
At , a motion to adjourn was made and approved.
Janet M. Murphy,
Planning Board Recording Secretary
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