PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Village Hall Court Room– 7:30 P.M.
(all timeframes and the order of agenda items below are approximate and subject to change)
7:30 p.m. – Call to Order, Statement of Compliance, Flag Salute, Roll Call - In accordance with the provisions of Section 10:4-8d of the Open Public Meetings Act, the date, location, and time of the commencement of this meeting is reflected in a meeting notice, a copy of which schedule has been filed with the Village Manager and the Village Clerk, The Ridgewood News and The Record newspapers, and posted on the bulletin board in the entry lobby of the Village municipal offices at 131 North Maple Avenue, and on the Village website, all in accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act.
Roll call: Knudsen, Voigt, Altano, Joel, Reilly, Patire, Thurston, Scheibner, Torielli, McWilliams
7:35 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. - Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board
7:40 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics, Correspondence Received by the Board
7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – World Mission Society, Church of God Status Update
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Discussion of Action Items from Reexamination Report
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Scheduling of Hearings for Upcoming Development Applications
9:00 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. – Adoption of Minutes: July 21, 2015
9:10 p.m. – Executive Session (if necessary)
In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, all meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work sessions, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings, which are always open to members of the general public.
Members: Susan Knudsen, Jeff Voigt, Joel Torielli, Melanie McWilliams, David Scheibner, Richard Joel, Kevin Reilly, David Thurston, Isabella Altano, Debbie Patire
Professional Staff: Blais L. Brancheau, Planner; Gail L. Price, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher J. Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Michael Cafarelli, Board Secretary
The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of November 3, 2015. 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 7:30 p.m. The following members were present: Mayor Aronsohn, Ms. Bigos, Councilwoman Knudsen, Mr. Reilly, Ms. Altano, Mr. Joel, and Ms. Dockray. Also present were: Gail Price, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Blais Brancheau, Village Planner; and Michael Cafarelli, Board Secretary. Mr. Nalbantian, Mr. Thurston, and Mr. Abdalla were not present.
Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board – No one came forward.
Correspondence received by the Board – Michael Cafarelli said there was none.
Reexamination Circulation Plan and Regulations and Community Facilities Plan – Mr. Brancheau reminded Board members that the reexamination report is due for adoption by February 6, 2016 and that the short time period remaining would require a shorter version of the reexamination report than originally proposed. He said if the deadline is missed it could shift the burden of proof to the Village in litigation involving the land use regulations.
Mr. Brancheau provided the Board with information about the Open Space Plan element of the Master Plan and a report providing his recommendations. He said it was important to complete the review of the existing Open Space Plan and not spend time discussing the details of what an updated plan would contain. The purpose of the discussion was to review the material he presented to the Board. He said there is a need for a new Open Space Plan, which would include sections of the 2008 draft open space plan and the 2010 Open Space Committee report as well as additional new information.
Board members asked why the 2008 draft plan and the 2010 Open Space Committee report were not incorporated into the Master Plan. Mr. Brancheau said the 2008 plan needed revisions and the consultant, CMX, ceased operations and the Village’s contract with the firm expired, which made it difficult to make changes. He said the 2010 Open Space Committee report was submitted to the Council but never came before the Planning Board.
Mr. Brancheau also provided the Board with a report about the Community Facilities plan element of the Master Plan, containing background information and his recommendations.
The Board voted to incorporate Mr. Brancheau’s recommendations concerning the circulation and community facilities plan elements of the master plan in the reexamination report, and to add the Village’s Complete Streets policy.
Approval of Minutes – The minutes from October 6, 2015 were adopted as drafted.
Executive Session – At 9:05 p.m. the Board moved to executive session. At the conclusion of the executive session, the Board reconvened the public session and adjourned the meeting at 10:14 p.m.
Date approved: May 3, 2016