Planning Board Meeting Minutes 20180306

The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of March 6, 2018. 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 7:35 p.m. Following members were present:, Mr. Joel, Joel Torielli, Councilman Jeff Voigt, Melanie McWilliams, David Scheibner, Chief Van Goor, Frances Barto, and Debbie Patire. Also present were Christopher Martin, Esq., Board Attorney; Village Planner Brigette Bogart; and Board Secretary Michael Cafarelli. Mayor Knudsen and Mr. Rutishauser were not present.
Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board – No one came forward
Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics – Mr. Torielli provided an update on the Master Plan sub-committee's work on the selection of a Planner for the Master Plan.
Correspondence received by the Board – There was none.
Richard Queen & Robert Rigoglioso, 248 Franklin Turnpike, Block 2906 Lot 2.02 & 2.06 – Application was not heard due to a faulty Notice.
Ordinance #3625, which amends Chapter 190, Land Use and Development to permit certain illuminated signs in the B-1, B-2, and C Districts – Carried to the March 20, 2018. 
Proposed Changes to the Village of Ridgewood Code Chapter 190, land use development – Ms. Bogart reviewed the four proposed ordinances, Encroachment of Steps, Solar Panels, Front Yard setback in the B-2 District, and Freestanding Signs. Board members discussed Ms. Bogart's recommendations, and voted to amend the encroachment of steps ordinance and agreed to the additional regulation for front yard setback and send both to the Governing Body for approval. Members discussed freestanding signs and agreed that it could create 'sign creep' because the districts are transitional. Members agreed that changes should be done on a variance basis and recommended not change the ordinance. Board members asked for additional time to review the Solar Panel ordinance and asked Ms. Bogart to review other municipalities' ordinances on solar panels and determine if there are issues with the building or zoning departments. Members were concerned about limitations on coverage and suggested that signage be installed for safety purposes indicating solar panels were installed for fire safety.
Adoption of Minutes: The minutes from April 4, 2017 were adopted as written.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.      
Michael Cafarelli
      Board Secretary
Date Approved: February 5, 2019
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