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Planning Board Minutes - March 3, 2015

The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of March 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: Chairman Nalbantian called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. The following members were present: Mayor Aronsohn, Ms. Bigos, Mr. Nalbantian, Councilwoman Knudsen, Mr. Reilly, Ms. Altano, Mr. Thurston, Mr. Abdalla, and Ms. Peters. Also present were: Gail Price, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Blais Brancheau, Village Planner; and Michael Cafarelli, Board Secretary. Mr. Joel and Ms. Dockray were not present.

Chairman Nalbantian made opening remarks regarding safety issues and the hearing process.

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

Correspondence received by the Board – There was none

Malbin Minor Subdivision, 201 and 218 Heights Road, Block 1816, Lots 15 & 16

David Rutherford appeared before the Board and described his clients' application, the proposed subdivision, and how the split lot configuration is more logical.

Mr. Brancheau and Mr. Massimo Piazza were sworn. Mr. Nalbantian asked Mr. Brancheau to summarize his report. Mr. Brancheau described the lot, subdivision, and summarized the remainder of his report.

Mr. Rutherford questioned Mr. Piazza as to his qualifications and expertise; his credentials were accepted. Mr. Piazza described the application, its functional location, and said the layout was better as proposed than as existing. He said the plan does not exacerbate existing violations.

The Board asked questions about the increase of development potential on Lot 15, if there was discussion with neighbors regarding the subdivision /merger of a small projection in the North West corner, the potential subdivision of lot 16, the relocation of zone boundary in Council jurisdiction, lot numbers, and possible encroachment mentioned in Mr. Rutishauser, the Village Engineer's letter. Mr. Rutherford said the nature of the development could increase due to the increased size of the lot. He said he did not know of neighbors being notified and that it was strictly a transaction between the seller and the buyer. Mr. Brancheau said the plan does not increase the potential for encroachment and the sub-division makes it less possible for this to occur.

Ms. Price discussed changing the lot numbers to 15.01 and 16.01 and Mr. Brancheau said it would be reflected on the tax map.

The Board discussed the application and deliberated the issues raised. Ms. Price outlined the conditions and a there was a motion to vote on the application. The Board voted in favor of the motion 8 to 0.

World Mission Society, Church of God, Preliminary and Final Site Plan Application, 305 Godwin Avenue, Block 2403, Lot 23

Marc Liebman, Attorney, Robert Costa, Engineer, and Joe Burgis, Planner for the applicant were sworn. Mr. Liebman discussed the background, the Church's application, and the scope of improvements already made and to be completed.

Mr. Costa described the application, improvements and offered to make several modifications to meet the Planning Board's concerns. He said they would remove the lights in the trees and add a speed bump. He described the changes to be made to the parking area to eliminate eight parking spaces, stripe the parking area showing 'no parking' to comply with the Village Fire Department and restripe the ADA van space for a total of four ADA spaces, three vehicles, and one van.

Mr. Brancheau was sworn and provided a summary and the scope of his review of the Church of God's application.

8:35 p.m. Mr. Rutishauser arrived and was sworn by Ms. Price. Mr. Rutishauser said he and Mr. Brancheau met with Mr. Liebman and Mr. Costa. He said he received a letter from Bergen County Storm Water Management, he checked with the building department and there was not a Certificate of Occupancy or permits for lighting.

Mr. Liebman responded to Mr. Rutishauser's report stating they are seeking parking waivers, will not move the fence, the ADA parking will be done, and be ADA compliant. He said they would comply with all regulatory requirements and he said he contacted Bergen County Department of Planning and is waiting for a response.

Mr. Rutishauser said he was generally satisfied with the applicant's testimony and storm water management plans. He said the applicant can put timers on the sign lights, there was no soil erosion plan, the fence shown belonged to the neighbors, applicant will address ADA parking by moving the entrance, and they will obtain Bergen County approval/waiver and acquire a grading/storm permit.

There was a discussion on the lighting, safety issues, and the impact on residents. Questions were asked about the type of lighting and if the applicant had a permit for the solar lighting. The applicant said it was nailed to the tree and they did not need permits for solar lighting. Mr. Brancheau said if the lighting required a conduit, they would need a permit.

Board members asked questions about the parking layout and the lighting. Mr. Costas said the applicant would make the needed changes to comply with the Board's recommendations regarding the parking area and lighting. There were questions about the illumination of the parking area and that the lights remained on all night. Mr. Costa said he would adjust the light timers. There were other questions about moving lights away from residents and Mr. Brancheau said there are a number of options the applicant can implement to remedy the issue.

Mr. Joseph Burgis, Planner was sworn and he reviewed his credentials. Mr. Burgis discussed the Zoning Ordinance specific for houses of Worship. He said the church was compliant with the ordinances except for the steeple. He talked about violations requiring exceptions not variances. He talked about the size of parking spaces and said that 9 x18 and eight x 23 for parallel parking were typical. He discussed the lighting and coverage of parking spaces and said the planned lighting would cover the number of parking spaces.

There were questions from the Board about the curbs, aisle width, lighting, and signage. Mr. Burgis responded to these questions. Exhibit A6 was introduced which described the aerial photograph of site and neighborhood.

Mr. Rutishauser said he generally agrees with the applicants proposals subject to the conditions. He said he had issued summons that were dismissed because the applicant came before the Board.

Mr. Liebman requested Mr. Brancheau to provide a list of outstanding issues and he said they would provide the Board with revised plans.

Mr. Nalbantian said the Board would carry the meeting for Mr. Brancheau's presentation to April 21, 2015. Mr. Brancheau will provide an updated report after review of the revised plans.

Executive Session – Mr. Nalbantian moved to start an Executive Session at 10:30 P.M.

The Board returned from Executive Session at 11:05 p.m. and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

                                                                        Michael Cafarelli

                                                                        Board Secretary

Date approved: December 15, 2015

 

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Planning Board Agenda - May 17, 2016

PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE/AGENDA

Tuesday, May 17, 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: Aronsohn, Bigos, Knudsen, Nalbantian, Joel, Reilly, Dockray, Thurston, Altano, Abdalla, Patire

    1. 7:35 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board 

    2. 7:45 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. – Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics, Correspondence Received by the Board 

    3. 7:50 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. – Robert Jennee, Concept Plan Review, 566 Knickerbocker Road, Block 3408, Lot 3

    4. 8:50 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. – Adoption of Minutes: July 1, 2014

    5. 8:55 p.m. – Executive Session (if needed)

    6. Adjournment 

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: Mayor Paul Aronsohn, Nancy Bigos, Councilwoman Susan Knudsen, Charles Nalbantian, Richard Joel, Kevin Reilly, Wendy Dockray, David Thurston, Isabella Altano, Khidir Abdalla, Debbie Patire

Professional Staff: Blais L. Brancheau, Planner; Gail L. Price, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher J. Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Michael Cafarelli, Board Secretary

 

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Planning Board Minutes May 19, 2015

The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of May 19, 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: Chairman Nalbantian called the meeting to order at 7:36 p.m. The following members were present: Mayor Aronsohn, Ms. Bigos, Chairman Nalbantian, Councilwoman Knudsen, Mr. Joel, Ms. Altano, Mr. Thurston, Mr. Abdalla, Ms. Dockray, and Ms. Peters. Also present were: Gail Price, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Blais Brancheau, Village Planner, and Michael Cafarelli, Board Secretary. Mr. Reilly was absent.

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

Committee Reports – Ms. Dockray said the Open Space Committee will be taking a survey of residents and their needs and asked that it be included in the reexamination of the Master Plan.

Correspondence received by the Board – Mr. Cafarelli said there were two emails from Michele and Michael Lenhart.

World Mission Society, Church of God, Preliminary and Final Site Plan Application, 305 Godwin Avenue, Block 2403, Lot 23 – Mr. Costas described the revised plans, said they can adjust the light post construction and that they are willing to work with the Planning Board to make changes needed to be in compliance.

Board Members had questions regarding the lights, length of time they are on, removal of the solar lights, church activities after 11:00 pm, lights to be on timers with a manual override, and a buffer zone between the church and residents. Mr. Liebman responded in detail to the Boards questions.

Mr. Rutishauser asked about the irrigation for the new tree plantings, the height of the lights, and the proposed lighting. Mr. Costas said they did not plan on any irrigation and he said they would put the lights on a timer.

Mr. Brancheau said he would request a condition in the resolution that requires revised plans and that there be further investigation that allows for field adjustment of the plants.

Mr. Brancheau discussed one-way versus two-way traffic in rear of parking area and angled versus ninety-degree parking spaces. He also suggested a supplemental sign indicating one-way traffic flow.

Mr. Rutishauser said the fire department report recommended that the movable flowerpots be removed and fire lanes be restriped as per the changes to the revised plans for fire department's access.

Opened to Public Comment:

Ms. Michele Lenhart asked the church to clarify the light distribution pattern, the light shielding, buffer screen, and clarification on the church's schedule. Mr. Costas said they are willing to work with the Village to remedy the lighting situation. Mr. Liebman said the church has occasional late night meetings.

8:58 p.m. Mr. Nalbantian moved for a five minute break, the meeting resumed at 9:05 p.m.

Mr. Brancheau recommended a two part condition indicating that the lighting complies with the Village ordinance, point one foot candle at the property line, shielded fixtures so the light source is not visible to adjacent residential property, a maximum twenty feet height. Second, that there be a post construction initially and after three to six months to determine that everything is in acceptable condition.

Paul Mularz, 28 South Hillside Place, asked about the time services are conducted, if the pole mounted light at the northeast corner of the building would be removed, if the buffer could be larger, and he said the applicant did not contact him. Mr. Leibman declined to respond to any questions about the times of service, he said any light impacting neighbors would be shielded, and there is not enough room to increase the buffer size.

Ms. Michele Lenhart, South Hillside Place, was sworn and mentioned photographs she sent to Mr. Cafarelli. Ms. Razin said he Board received correspondence and the photographs that were marked as exhibits ML2. Ms. Lenhard read a statement regarding the rear buffer; lighting plan, the removal of parking spots, and the duration light are on.

The meeting was closed to the public.

Mr. Brancheau summarized the changes the applicant agreed to and conditions he and Mr. Rutishauser suggested.

The Board deliberated, discussed the application, and commented about the status of the revised plans. Most were in favor of the application as long as there were conditions included in the resolution.

Mr. Joel motioned to approve, Ms. Knudsen seconded all voted in favor of the motion except Mayor Aronsohn.

Proposed Amendment of Article XIV of Land Use Ordinance – Procedure to Request Amendment of Village Master Plan or Development Regulations – Discussion/Response to Village Council – Mr. Brancheau discussed the background and summarized the amendment to the Master Plan and what it entails. He talked about the process and said the key function is to strengthen the current concept when someone asks for rezoning or an amendment in the Master Pan neither the Planning Board nor the Council are under obligation to take action.

Mr. Brancheau said the plan is to clarify the process in the initial part of an application to avoid confusion with the site plan procedure where there is a process and deadlines. He said this is a more fluid process and the revisions in the ordinance specify a two-part process. One is an informal review in cases of an ordinance change; there will not be a need for a formal hearing, unless the Board reviews an application and determines it has enough merit to be considered. If the Board decides there is not enough to continue, then the matter is closed. If the Council or the Board decides the issue has merit then they could decide to go to a formal hearing. However, the applicant is not obligated to go to a formal hearing. The only time it goes to a formal public hearing is when the Council or Board decides to do so. The process is designed to give the Board and Council the flexibility in considering a request to change an ordinance.

Board members said it is a policy document discussion and not an application and there are no substantive changes to the ordinance it gives the PB an additional tool and it clarifies the process before an applicant goes before a public hearing.    

After further discussion, the Board voted to recommend introduction of the document to the Council as written.

Reexamination of Master Plan and Development Regulations – Discussion of Historic Preservation and Environmental Protection - Mr. Brancheau explained the delay in getting the document to the Board. He discussed his comments and the Historic Preservation Chairman's comments in the documents. Mr. Brancheau asked to discuss the document at the June 16th meeting.

Approval of Minutes – The minutes from March 30, 2014 and May 6, 2014 were adopted as drafted.      

The meeting adjourned at 10:44 P.M.

                                                                                               

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Michael Cafarelli

                                                                                                Board Secretary

Date approved: April 19, 2016

 

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Planning Board Agenda - July 5, 2016

PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 Village Hall Court Room– 7:30 P.M.

(all timeframes and the order of agenda items below are approximate and subject to change)

 1.  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

2.  7:35 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Reorganization of Planning Board

Appointment of Board Attorney

Swearing of Board Members

Election of Officers

Selection of Experts

Appointment of Board Committees and Designees

Resolution re: Open Public Meetings Act and Annual Meeting Schedule

3.   8:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. - Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board

4.   8:40 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics, Correspondence Received by the Board

5.   8:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Adoption of the Resolution Memorializing Adoption of Housing Element of the Master Plan

6.   9:00 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. – Adoption of Minutes: March 1, 2016

7.   9:10 p.m. – Executive Session

8.   Adjournment

            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

 

 

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PLANNING BOARD

AMENDMENT TO MEETING SCHEDULE

Public Meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Special Meeting

                 In accordance with the provisions of the "Open Public Meetings Act," please be advised that the Planning Board has scheduled a special public meeting for TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016, in the SENIOR LOUNGE, FIRST FLOOR, VILLAGE MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 131 NO. MAPLE AVENUE, RIDGEWOOD, NJ beginning AT 8:00 p.m.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is for the Board to take official action to adopt a resolution memorializing its vote on the settlement of litigation docketed as, The Valley Hospital, Inc. v. Village of Ridgewood Planning Board and Village of Ridgewood, Docket No.  BER-L-9305-14, all pursuant to a Whispering Woods Hearing and adoption of the amendment to the Master Plan concerning the H-Zone.

                All meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work session meetings, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings which are always open to members of the general public.

                                                                Michael Cafarelli

                                                            Secretary to the Board

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