Planning Board Public Meeting Minutes 20171017

The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of October 3, 2017. 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: Mr. Joel called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. Following members were present: Mayor Knudsen, Joel Torielli, Richard Joel, Councilman Jeff Voigt, Melanie McWilliams, Ms. Patire, David Scheibner, and Francis Barto. Also present were Christopher Martin, Esq., Board Attorney; Village Planner Brigette Bogart; Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser; and Board Secretary Michael Cafarelli. Mr. Van Goor was not present.

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

Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics, Correspondence – Mr. Joel reported on the master plan subcommittee's schedule to recruit and hire a planner. 

Received by the Board Correspondence received by the Board – Mr. Cafarelli reported a letter from Morrison Mahoney, LLP regarding George Halwagy and a letter from Ridgewood residents regarding the Calbi application.

5 Robinson Lane, Informal Review, Block 2001, Lot 14 – Mr. Andrew Kohut presented the application and introduced the applicants Architect, Mr. Justin Mihalik, and the Engineer, Mr. Patrick Lynam, Engineer. Both testified about the building, parking, and the exterior of the building, lighting, and the playground. Board Members questioned the need for a parking variance, children safety, and concerns about the high traffic volume in the area.

Ridgewood Water, Informal Review, 205 East Glen Avenue, Block 3107, Lot 33.01, and Dead End of Salem Lane, Block 4805, Lot 4 – Mr. Richard Calbi, Ridgewood Water Director of Operations discussed the East Glen application and the plans to install a generator in the front of the Carr Treatment facility. Mr. Michael Mondell reviewed the PowerPoint presentation provided to the Board. Board members asked about the location of the generator, would the generator take water during a storm, other locations, options to screen, the sound level and a privacy fence.

Robert Jennee, Minor Subdivision and C Variance, 246 Mountain Road, Block 2509, Lot 13.01- continued from September 5, 2017 without further notice and without prejudice to the Board – Mr. Scheibner recused himself. Mr. Rutherford, Esq. provided an overview of the application, stated they appeared before the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on August 10, 2017 and provided the Board a report issued on August 11, 2017 by HPC. He said they were not sure exactly what would be build but it will be commensurate in size and scale to existing homes and will not involve any detriment to the historic district. Thomas Grable the applicant's engineer described the lots and the overlay diagrams. Mr. Jennee submitted exhibit A-4 that showed homes in a 500-foot radius that displayed the average lot size for the area. He stated that the proposed new homes would be consistent with the existing home. Board members discussed the rational for the subdivision and disagreed with the applicant's planner that the lot is under-utilized.

Public Comments:

Carolyn Holt, 249 Mountain Road asked if the analysis included the area where road narrows, and if the developer plans to develop other properties?

The application was carried to December 5, 2017.

Adoption of Minutes - The minutes from December 6, 2016 were adopted as written.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 p.m.

Michael Cafarelli
      Board Secretary

Date approved: December 4, 2018