Planning Board Minutes from 12/18/2008
 

Borough of Kenilworth Planning Board Minutes

December 18, 2008

The meeting 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. Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary. The Minutes from November 20, 2008 were approved.

Roll Call:  Mr. Lepore, Mr. Corcione, Mr.Beninati, Mr. Candarella, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Pantina, Mr. Leary, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Mancino, and Mr. Cammarota. Absent: Mr. Herbert and Mr. Cirillo.  NOTE: Mayor, councilmen, and mayors-designee are not eligible to vote on Board of Adjustment matters.

 

Communications:  Mr. Beninati relayed the information in a letter from Monroe Ave, LLC advising the Board that the client, Mr. Wilson, cannot attend the December meeting, and is asking for permission to carry the hearing until January, 2009 and re-notice to the public (upon approval).  They asked the Board for approval of the future hearing date.  Mr. Beninati the January calendar date was full and asked Mr. Vitale if the Board could carry the hearing to the February meeting.  Mr. Vitale said the Board can carry the hearing to any month it chooses.

New Business:  RE:  Application #08-02, LaBruno and Herbert, Corner of Monroe and 17th Street, Block 36, Lot 13, a Minor sub-division on a 100’ x 100’ lot. 

Sworn in:  Mr. Paul LaBruno.  He said he is asking for a minor, conforming sub-division.

Mr. LaBruno did not read the letter from Grotto Engineering.  Mr. Beninati suggested the engineer address this matter.  Mr. O’Connor, Board Engineer, stated under the minor sub-division ordinance, the applicant does not comply with five minor requirements and is asking for a waiver (of those requirements) in a Resolution from the Board.  The application is complete if granted that waiver.  One of these requirements is drainage calculations.  Since the plans for future houses are not yet presented, Mr. O’Connor suggested the applicant present a “site triangle easement”.  The applicant should obtain the new lot numbers from Borough Hall when they submit the deeds and a present a grading plan.  He suggested a “memorandum of understanding” that if there is a co-obligation (that is generated by the addition of a lot) any additional fees be paid at the time of the Building Permit and C.O.

Mr. Mancino inquired about the corner setbacks.  Mr. LaBruno said there will be two conforming single-family houses, removing the present non-conforming single-family home.  Mr. Vitale addressed this ordinance:  A residential corner lot must be set back 15’ from the corner.  Mr. O’Connor said a 15’ triangle should be provided as to not restrict line-of-sight (ex.: buildings, plantings or fences).  Mr. Vitale said it may not be necessary to state this in the Resolution, as it is part of our Borough codes.  Mr. Pantina suggested the site plan specifications be stated in the Resolution (as information to the neighboring residents).  Mr. Mancino suggested the wording in the Resolution to be “subject to the zoning codes”.

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A motion to approve this application to resolution (noting the owner must abide by the corner-lot zoning code) was made by Mr. Candarella, 2nd by Mr. Cammarota.

 All in favor:  Mr. Candarella, Mr. Pantina, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Leary, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Pugliese, and Mr. Cammarota. 

General Business:  Mr. Vitale sent a letter to the Department of Education regarding the proposed alterations at Harding and Brearly schools, upon the Boards’ approval.

Comments:  Mr. Lepore wished all a Happy Holiday.  Mr. Candarella thanked all members for their service this year.  Mr. Corcione said it has been his privilege to serve with all other dedicated Board members.  Mr. Lepore said Mr. Beninati will be leaving the Board and will be deeply missed.  Mr. O’Malley will be moving from the town and cannot complete his tenure.  Mr. Lepore stated his appreciation of the service given by members who are leaving the Board.  Mr. Mancino said his term is ending, but he will be available for any advice regarding Planning Board matters.

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy,

 Planning Board Recording Secretary



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