Zoning Board of Adjustment May 14, 2019 Minutes



Meeting Minutes

May 14, 2019


The regular public meeting of the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Village of Ridgewood was called to order at 7:43 p.m.


Present:       Sergio Alegre, Gary Negrycz, Diana Ruhl, Alyssa Matthews, Ines Bunza, Jonathan Papietro and Matthew Bandelt. Also present were Bruce Whitaker, Esq., Board Attorney andJane Wondergem, Board Secretary.

Absent:        Greg Brown, Isaac Lebow

Non-agenda items:

        Board member comments: There were no comments at this time.

        Members of the public comments: There were no comments at this time.

Public hearings


Chairman Alegre announced that the Burroughs Poole LLC/Starbucks drive-thru, 363-381 Route 17 South, application was withdrawn and the Mouravieff, 525 North Maple Avenue, application was carried to July 9, 2019 without further notice.

Old Business:

MATTHEW DEVINS – An application to permit the construction of a two story addition which will result in a front yard setback of 23 feet, where 40 feet is required; side yard setback of 16.9 feet, where 22.4 feet is required and a height of 33.46 feet, where 30 feet is permitted at 79 Park Slope, Block 2110, Lot 1, in an R-1 Zone. (Continued from April 23, 2019) Matthew Devins, homeowner, and Robert Adamo, architect, were both present and previously sworn. Mr. Adamo testified as to the revisions in the plans revised to 4/25/19. The height of the structure was reduced and the height variance eliminated. Board members asked about the attic square footage and the applicant stipulated that the attic would not be finished. There were no questions or comments from the public. Following Board deliberation Mr. Negrycz made a motion to approve, Mr. Bandelt seconded, and the application was approved.


          New Business:

CHRIS & MELISSA BRENNAN – An application to permit the construction of a second floor addition over the existing garage which will result in a side yard setback of 8.1 feet, where 10 feet is required; combined side yard setback of 22.49 feet, where 24.59 feet is required; gross building area for total lot of 33.5%/4,374 square feet, where 32%/4,060 square feet is permitted and gross building area within 140 feet of the front lot line of 41.9%/4,374 square feet, where 34%/3,360 square feet is permitted at 205 Katherine Road, Block 2302, Lot 7, in the R-2 Zone. Melissa Brennan, homeowner, was sworn. Roger Schlicht was sworn and his credentials as a licensed architect accepted. A photo packet was distributed and marked as Exhibit A-1. Mr. Schlicht testified as to the existing conditions on the property and as to what was being proposed. Mr. Schlicht explained the variances, stating that the hardship was due to the existing non-conformity. Board members had questions about the hardship, as the existing garage was built with prior variance approval. Board members questioned the survey as it was out of date.

There were no questions from the public.

Public comment:     Todd Rothman, 197 Katherine Road, was sworn and spoke in support of the application.

Following Board discussion the hearing was carried to June 11, 2019, without further notice.

Resolution memorialization:         The following resolution was memorializied:

-        657 Ridgewood LLC - 657 Franklin Turnpike - signage

Discussion:   There was discussion regarding 117 John Street, where an additional driveway area is being proposed and the Zoning Officer asked for input from the Board. Following the discussion it was determined that as no variances are being sought the homeowner does not need to come to the Board.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:56 p.m.

Minutes submitted by:  Jane Wondergem, Board Secretary

Date Approved:       July 23, 2019

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