Municipal Bldg 530 West Hill Road Glen Gardner, N. J.
The 804th Regular Meeting of the Lebanon Township Planning Board was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by Chairman Gary MacQueen. Present were: Mr. Weeks, Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Rich, Ms. Bleck, Mr. Weiler, Attorney Gallina, Planner Bolan and Engineer Risse. Excused: Mr. Gerlich, Mr. Piasecki
Notice of this meeting was
provided for in the “Annual Meeting Notice Schedule” adopted by this board on
January 16, 2007, mailed to the Hunterdon Review, Hunterdon County Democrat,
Express Times, Courier News, Star Ledger and posted on
the bulletin board in the
PRESENTATION OF MINUTES: November 27, 2007 Regular Meeting
Motion by Mr. Rich and seconded by Ms. Bleck to approve the minutes as presented. Unanimously approved.
APPLICATION TO BE DEEMED COMPLETE/WAIVERS & SET A PUBLIC HEARING DATE:
Omnipoint Communications Inc. Block
Conditional Use for
Co-location of a
(Ltr Engr Risse enclosed)
Attorney Robert DelVecchio was present to represent the applicant Omnipoint Communications and made a brief statement to the board.
Chairman MacQueen asked Engineer Risse to review for the board the proposal and the waivers being requested. Since this is a co-location, Chairman MacQueen stated that the waivers requested were a reasonable request by the applicant. Chairman MacQueen asked about the letter from the County Planning Board. Engineer Risse reviewed the five conditions of approval by the County Planning Board.
Planner Bolan noted there were 2 variances with this application. One for the height of the tower and the other for the height of the antenna’s and quoted Section 400-15E (4&5). At the conclusion of the board’s discussion, motion by Ms. Bleck and seconded by Mr. Rich to grant the requested waivers, deem the application complete and set a public hearing date.
ROLL CALL Yes: Mr. Weeks Mr. MacQueen Absent: Mr. Gerlich
Mr. Schmidt Ms. Bleck Mr. Piasecki
Mr. Rich Mr. Weiler Mr. Piazza
Ms. Glashoff offered the January 8, 2008 meeting date at 7:00 p.m. to the applicant stating that they will have adequate time for noticing. Attorney DelVecchio agreed to the date.
James Butters Block
Attorney Michael Selvaggi was
present to represent the applicant James Butters. Also present to give testimony was Engineer
Jess Symonds. Attorney Selvaggi stated
this is a unique type of subdivision since it is an agricultural which
technically is not a subdivision. The
new lot will exceed the 5 acre zoning requirement along with the 26 acre
requirement of the
dated November 13, 2007 for
the board noting the property lies totally within the
At this time, Engineer Jess Symonds was sworn in to give testimony on behalf of the applicant. The total amount of acres is 87.1 and the lot being subdivided is 34.024 acres. Chairman MacQueen asked how wide the flagstem is and is it the entire length from the road to the lot. Engineer Symonds said yes that it is the 50’ for the entire length. Attorney Selvaggi stated the flagstem was created so the new lot would have road frontage and not be landlocked. There is an existing paved driveway which will be used for access.
Engineer Risse recommended
that when the lot becomes a building lot the Planning Board will need to look
at what is being proposed regarding steep slopes which is not part of this
application. Attorney Gallina asked if
this would be encompassed in the individual lot development plan. Engineer Risse answered yes. Planner Bolan asked why this wasn’t being
done as a minor subdivision. Attorney
Selvaggi said they are trying to save a step with the
December 11, 2007
a subdivision under the
statute”. The Planning Board should
require that the lot(s) will be deed restricted for agricultural purposes. Attorney Selvaggi noted that this is a unique
situation because you have the school (
Engineer Risse brought to the
board’s attention that there are two lots with the same lot numbers. Attorney Selvaggi stated that they did not
get a new lot number from the Tax Assessor.
The applicant will clarify and take care of it since they will be filing
new deeds. Mr. Schmidt questioned the
use of the driveway because once the lot becomes a building lot the owners will
need to have proper access. For now it
is not an issue. Attorney Selvaggi
stated it will be in the deed regarding a cross easement. This is being done because of the
During the board’s deliberations, Engineer Risse suggested that a lot development plan be reviewed by the Planning Board as one of the conditions. At the conclusion of the board’s deliberations, motion by Mr. Rich and seconded by Mr. Schmidt to approve the 1 lot agricultural subdivision with the following conditions:
a. The applicant will obtain all other necessary approvals from all other agencies
having jurisdiction in this matter.
b. The applicant will submit appropriate subdivision deeds for review and approval
by the Board Attorney and Board Engineer. The Deeds will contain the proper
language restricting the property to agricultural use. The necessary language
regarding access easements over the existing driveway and maintenance responsibilities
of the existing driveway will also be submitted for review and approval. This language
may be contained in the subdivision deeds, or set forth in a separate agreement which
will also be recorded.
c. In the event a residence is proposed on the new lot in the future, an individual lot
development plan will be submitted for review and approved by the Board Engineer
prior to issuance of any zoning or building permits.
d. The applicant will clarify the lot number of
the proposed new lot with the
Township Tax Assessor.
ROLL CALL Yes: Mr. Weeks Mr. MacQueen No: None Absent: Mr. Piasecki
Mr. Schmidt Ms. Bleck Mr. Gerlich
Mr. Rich Mr. Weiler
Attorney Gallina will prepare the Resolution to be placed on the next Agenda of January 8, 2008.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
a. 2008 Budget
In reviewing the 2008 budget and with discussion with Planner Bolan on the items that will need to be addressed in 2008 (Reexamination Report of the Master Plan & Highlands) the board decided to change
the following line items: Attorney Litigation $5,000.00 down from $10,000.00 in 2007, under Master Plan/Highlands for the Planner will be increased to $10,000.00 which is down $3,000.00 from 2007 and $1,000.00 for General Code down from $3,000.00 in 2007. At the conclusion of the board’s discussion, motion by Mr. Rich and seconded by Ms. Bleck to approve the 2008 Budget as amended. Unanimously approved.
b. Confirm Reorganization Date of January 8, 2008
Everyone agreed on January 8th as the Reorganization Meeting date.
c. Fire Protection Ordinance
Ms. Glashoff informed the board she had a memo from Township Clerk Karen Sandorse and asked to read it into the record. The Township Committee on December 5th defeated the adoption of Ordinance 2007-13 the amendment to the Fire Protection Ordinance relative to Fire Tanks. The Township Committee has requested that Fire Chief Warren Gabriel be included in all Planning Board discussions regarding the Ordinance.
The board agreed with the request of the Township Committee and decided to start discussions in February since they have an application on for the January meeting that could be time consuming. Ms. Glashoff will notify Mr. Gabriel.
December 11, 2007
PRESENTATION OF BILLS & REPORT:
a. John Gallina, Esq. $ 385.00
- Attend Mtg/Phone Conf. w/Engr/Review
exemption for Tree Cycle 11/27/07
Ms. Glashoff noted that the board has a Bill Report with additional bills for payment on the Agenda Addendum. Ms. Bleck reviewed the bills and recommended payment. The new total of the bills is $2,277.00 which includes the $385.00 for Attorney Gallina. Motion by Ms. Bleck and seconded by Mr. Rich to approve the bills as amended. Unanimously approved.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
No public present
At this time Chairman
MacQueen announced that he has received a letter from board member Josh Rich
and read the letter into the record. Mr. Rich is asking for an excused leave of
absence from January 15th to June 3rd since he will be
teaching at the
Mr. Rich stated that he and
his wife had taken an 8000 mile train trip from
Being no further business to come before the board, nor comments from the public, motion by Ms. Bleck and seconded by Mr. Rich to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m. Unanimously approved.
CHAIRMAN GARY MACQUEEN
GAIL W. GLASHOFF, PLANNING BOARD CLERK