Minutes: July 24, 2007

Meeting was called to order by Craig Williams at 8:14 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

The following statement of compliance was read by Craig Williams.

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 adequate notice as defined in Section 3D of Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 has been communicated from the Vernon Municipal Center to the New Jersey Herald and published on January 18, 2007. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call

The roll call of members was called and Dennis Downey, David Gornstein, Gary Grey (arrived 8:34 p.m.), Brenda Susman answered the call.

Salute to Flag

Open Meeting to the Public

Austin Carew addressed the EC regarding the Whispering Woods report prepared by Lou Kneip for the town council. The report outlined the history of the development, the suggestions made by Amy Greene and the suggestions made by Lou Kneip.

Mr. Carew advised that the town has decided to follow Lou Kneip’s recommendations. He further advised the town plans on hiring a project coordinator to oversee the project and will seek financial assistance from the developer.

Mr. Carew advised the EC of the current status of the canoe project.

The EC and Mr. Carew discussed the status of the Open Space Commission.

Approval of Meeting Minutes

David Gornstein made a motion to approve the July 10, 2007 minutes; Brenda Susman seconded the motion.

Applications Under Review

ZB #6-07-9: Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizion Wireless—Revised Preliminary & Final Site Plan Maps

The EC agreed the application does not create significant environmental impact.

ZB #5-07-8: Bruce Zaretsky—Revised Preliminary & Final Site Plan

The EC agreed the application does not create significant environmental impact.

PB #8-07-12: Edward Talmo, The Cedars @ Black Creek—Reserve Final Major Subdivision

The EC has previously reviewed the application and remains concerned that the application creates steep slope issues.

PB #8-7-11: PRJ Properties (Turzi)—Final Site Plan

The EC has previously reviewed the application and maintains the opinion that more pervious surface would assist with storm water issues.

PB #8-7-10: Susan Kubie—Preliminary Major Subdivision

The EC discussed joining with the county open space to purchase the land.

PB #3-07-4: Gurumayi Corporation—Minor Site Plan

The EC agreed the application does not create significant environmental impact.

ZB #8-07-13: Nicalex LLC, Carlos Fardin—Preliminary & Final Site Plan

The EC expressed concern for the proximity of the septic to the storm water. The EC further agreed to question the plans for the disposal of chemicals.

Planning Board Liaison Report

David Gornstein advised there was nothing to report other than the McAfee Redevelopment Plan.

New Business

McAfee Redevelopment Plan

Craig Williams and the EC discussed the joint meeting between the PB, TC and EC. The following property owners appeared to present their proposals:

  1. Father Boland appeared on behalf of St. Francis de Sales regarding the chapel at the intersection of Route 517 and Route 94. The proposal was for a 120 unit hotel with under-structure parking.
  2. Andy Mulvihill proposed construction of a dome over the quarry which would house a water park. He also proposed a new club house and hotel to be constructed by the golf course and another hotel to be constructed on site for a total of 3,000 units. In addition, the Legends hotel would be refurbished. The next McAfee Redevelopment meeting will be held on July 31, 2007.

Old Business

Audubon Pamphlet

David Gornstein reminded the EC to provide sites within the town to be included in the pamphlet.

Tree Ordinance and Open Space

The EC agreed to address the TC on August 13, 2007.


There being no further items of business for the regular meeting, a motion was made by David Gornstein to adjourn the meeting; Dennis Downey seconded the motion. The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Environmental Commission was adjourned at 10:10 p.m.