Planning Board Minutes from 12/19/02
The meeting began with a reading of the Sunshine Law and the pledge of allegiance.  Roll call:  Present:  Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Schlenker, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lepore.  Absent: Mr. Rappa, Mr. David, Mr. Rica.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Mr. Beninati read a letter from the Union County Division of Planning and Community Development has received the Site Plan Package for Dunkin Donuts and it was reviewed on December 11. 

RESOLUTIONS:  Application #15-02 for Evans, 105 Park Avenue, for add-a-level.  The applicant submitted new plans lowering the height of the house.  Vote in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Loforte, and Mr. Lepore. Resolution approved.

Application #265 for Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 705 Boulevard, excluding the sign.  Final Resolution vote taken:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale.  Resolution approved.

Application #265, a sign for Dunkin Donuts---The architect from Bohler Engineering presented a computer-enhanced picture of the proposed sign at the corner of Michigan Avenue and the Boulevard.  The base is 7’ and the 3’ x 8’ sign will be illuminated be a small spot light.  Dr. Disko said Mr. O’Brien (planner) and he had no objection to this size sign.  Mr. Beninati made an objection.  The attorney from Hale & Hale cited the Synergy and Kindercare signs.  He said it would not inhibit the view of the traffic when exiting the driveway.  The setback from the sign to the curb line is 30’.  The Union County Planning Board recommends the island be expanded in the driveway to restrict left-hand turns out of the lot. 

A vote was taken:  Yes:  Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schlenker, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lepore.  No:  Mr. Beininati, Mr. Schultz, and Mr. Pugliese.  Resolution for the sign granted and memorialized.

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OLD BUSINESS: Application #02-04 Petracca, 209-215 N. 16th Street for a Minor Subdivision.  Mr. Fruchter, attorney for Petracca, introduced Mr. Ed Deck, engineer.  The proposal is to remove an existing single-family house, keep an existing 2-family house, and move the lot lines to conform to three conforming lots.  Lot #3.02 will be 50 x 100, Lot #2.01 (with the 2-family existing house) will be 65 x 100, and Lot #3.01 will be 50 x 100.  On Lot # 2.01, the garage will be reduced by 1.5 feet.  Union County has no objection to this sub-division.  Mr. Westbrook asked if the parking could be an issue.  Mr. Deck said there will be a 12’wide driveway with the 2-car garage.  There is a pre-existing, non-conforming rear-yard setback behind the garage.  Mr. Vitale suggested the existing single-family house demolition be part of the variance.  Mr. Petracca agreed to do so (within a 3-year period).

Dr. Disko reviewed a report on this sub-division.  The duplex is a non-conforming use & structure.  The front yard has a 15’ setback. By changing or moving the lot line, this triggers a “D-2” variance. Dr. Disko recommended the side yard conform to a 5’ setback. There is a drainage issue. The existing rear yard and front yard setbacks need variance.  (A “D-2” variance, an expansion of non-conformance with an existing front and rear yard non-conforming setbacks.)

Ms. Parducci, 219 N. 16th Street, inquired about the proposed new house setbacks and parking.  Dr.Disko replied the setbacks and parking requirements are met.

 This is a continuation of last month’s hearing. Five votes of the 6 eligible voters are needed for a resolution. Mr. Vitale reviewed the proposal. 

Mr. Hunter, 221 N. 16th Street, asked about off-street and on-street parking.  Mr. Schlenker suggested the resolution state each house provide parking for four vehicles.  Dr. Disko suggested an 18’ driveway be part of the resolution. 

These are the conditions to the proposed resolution:

1.          Two 18’ driveways and two 2-car garages

2.          A water-retention review with Dr. Diskos approval 

3.          The existing single-family be demolished (within 3 years) before the new single-family dwellings be built

4.          The existing garage be moved by 1.5 feet from the lot line to conform to the 5’ setback

5.          Approval of the prior 2-family front and rear yard non-conformance

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A motion to approve this resolution with these restrictions was made & 2nd.  Vote:  Yes:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr Vitale, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lepore.  Mr. Schlenker and Mr. Schultz abstained because they were not present at the prior Planning Board review.  Resolution granted.

Application #17-02, Hannon, 308 Lincoln Drive, a cantilever encroaching 2’ into front yard setback.  A vote was taken.  Yes:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Schlenker, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lepore.  Resolution granted.

Application #271, Schering K-23 Office Conversion.  (Mr.Westbrook was excused from this hearing because he is a Schering-Plough employee.)  Mr.Barry Morrell said the building (a former Fed-Ex building warehouse owned by White Labs) at 251 S. 31st street will be two business offices owned by Schering (K-23).

Application #272, Schering K-10 expansion proposes a pedestrian bridge to separate production from non-production areas. 

Sworn in: Mr. Mike Steffner, Project Manager, will address the Dr. Disko report.  The existing building at 251 S. 31st street will have 215 new employees, currently having 50 employees, thereby requiring a 6 parking space variance. Not all of these employees are expected to be present at the same time.  Long term plans may include a training center, cafeteria, and office areas.  Some facade changes will be made (dock doors will be removed for windows).  Dr. Disko said this is an “I” zone, part of it in a flood-hazard zone. It is a positive impact on business in the area and recommends passing the application, granting the parking variance and façade changes.  Mr. Beninati will write a letter to the building inspector to allow issuance of a permit before this resolution is memorialized. A vote was taken.  Yes:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr . Schultz,

Mr. Schlenker, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Lepore.  Resolution granted.

Application #272, for the Pedestrian bridge, connecting manufacturing to the K-10 office building.  The bridge will be 17’11” above grade.  A parking variance is requested and space is allocated for a possible future parking garage, if needed.  The bridge lighting will not be problematic.

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 The size: 95’6” long by 10’8” wide. Dr. Disko said the only variance needed is a 3-parking space variance. Mr. Beninati said any new additions should be aesthetically pleasing to the surrounding area.  A vote was taken:  Yes:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Schlenker, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Lepore.  Resolution granted.

OTHER BUSINESS:  A motion was made to renew the existing Master Plan and asked Mayor Tripodi and Council to appoint a committee to suggest any revisions to the present Master Plan.  All in favor.

A motion to adjourn was made at 10:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy,

Planning Board Recording Secretary




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