Planning Board Public Meeting Minutes 20161115


Ridgewood Planning Board November 15, 2016


The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of November 15, 2016. Interested parties may request an audio recording of the meeting from the Board Secretary for a fee.

Call to Order & Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act: called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Following members were present: Joel Torielli, Richard Joel, Councilman Jeff Voigt, Isabella Altano, Melanie McWilliams, David Scheibner, and Debbie Patire. Also present were Christopher Martin, Esq., Board Attorney; Village Planner Blais Brancheau; Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser; and Board Secretary Michael Cafarelli. Mayor Knudsen was not present.

Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board – No one came forward

Correspondence received by the Board – Mr. Cafarelli reported none was received.

Committee/Commission/Professional Updates – Ms. Patire asked about receiving 'Cliff Notes' version in correspondence from the Board Attorney. Mr. Martin said he would do so where appropriate.

Mr. Voigt asked about a review of the Master Plan. Mr. Martin issued a confidential memo earlier outlining the legal rights, constraints, and procedural requirements. He advised against a limited Master Plan review. Board members discussed next steps for a reexamination and Mr. Brancheau said he would review, research the Master Plan reexamination and return to the Board with his findings.

Ridgewood/Dayton, Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan, 100/152 South Broad Street, Blocks 3707/3905, Lots 5.01/1.01- Pubic Hearing continued from September 20, 2016 – To be carried to December 20, 2016 to address further scheduling and notice only.

Continued discussions on Institutional Uses – Mr. Brancheau presented his report and recommended keeping the minimum lot size to one acre. He said he was not certain of the height of the houses of worship but would conduct a survey. Mr. Brancheau said the thirty percent FAR was too high for one acre and said he would study this matter further.

Adoption of Minutes: November 1, 2016 – The minutes were approved with one correction.

Executive Session – the Board went into Executive Session at 9:25 p.m. and adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Michael Cafarelli

Board Secretary

Date approved: September 19, 2017


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