Minutes: June 27, 2006

Meeting was called to order by Craig Williams at 7:45 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 20, 2006. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Salute to Flag

Roll Call

The roll call of members was called and Dennis Downey, Gary Grey, Michael Furrey, Brenda Susman and Craig Williams answered the call.

Open Meeting to the Public

Rich Casper, residing at 40 Curtis Drive, addressed the EC regarding Whispering Woods. Mr. Casper reported the developer has applied for an LOI.

Mr. Casper further reported that the LOI application and the site map include many inaccuracies, including but not limited to:

  1. Upper Plateau is shown as a paved road.
  2. The wetlands are not depicted.

The EC reviewed the application and site map for other inaccuracies.

Approval of Meeting Minutes

Michael Furrey made a motion to accept the June 13, 2006 minutes as amended; Brenda Susman seconded the motion.

Applications Under Review

PB #7-06-9: Andrew Borsiuk Jr.—Lot Line Relocation

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

Planning Board Liaison Report

Planning board liaison, David Gornstein, was not present at tonight’s meeting.

Old Business

ESA Ordinance

The EC reviewed revisions to the proposed ordinance. The EC agreed the revisions created more equality between residential and non-residential applicants with respect to the treatment of ESAs.

The EC discussed the section of the ordinance relating to carbonated rock. Craig Williams suggested that the section was contradictory. Gary Grey responded that the planning board would seek the opinion of the professionals to determine the impact.

To summarize, Craig Williams, stated that the requested EC revisions have been incorporated in the proposed ordinance also, the increase to a 20% steep slope is acceptable if the boards find it more enforceable than the previous 15% steep slope. The EC will request Lou Kneip revise the last paragraph of the second page to read, “In the case of non-residential properties, the applicant shall identify ESAs on the plans and avoid any disturbance to said areas. If the applicant cannot comply with the minimum improvable area requirements for residential properties or proposes to disturb ESAs on non-residential properties the applicant shall apply for a waiver from either the Planning or Zoning board depending on which board is hearing the application. The board and their professionals shall review the proposed impact to ESAs and may require the design be modified so as to reduce or eliminate the impact to ESAs at the board’s discretion.” The EC will also request a revision to paragraph (h) which references only the planning board. Paragraph (h) should include both the zoning board and the planning board.

Michael Furrey made a motion to accept the proposed Ordinance as modified; Gary Grey seconded the motion.

Whispering Woods

Craig Williams advised the EC of a letter written by Jerry Levy to the NJDEP to inform the NJDEP that there are regulated freshwater wetlands and transition areas in the designated property and that the LOI application does not accurately reflect the facts.

Craig Williams advised the EC of a draft letter from the EC to the NJDEP in response to the DEP’s Notice of Intent to Revoke. The EC approved the draft.

Crystal Springs Builders

The EC discussed Lou Kneip’s review of PB #6-06-8 Crystal Springs Builders application for Preliminary Major Subdivision. The EC scheduled a site inspection for Saturday, July 8, 2006.

New Business

Mountain Resort Ordinance

Austin Carew advised the EC to obtain a copy of the proposed Mountain Resort ordinance to review.


There being no further items of business for the regular meeting, a motion was made by Brenda Susman to adjourn the meeting; Dennis Downey seconded the motion. The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Environmental Commission was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.