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Minutes: September 10, 2014

Mr. Tadrick called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this regular meeting has been provided to the public and the press on January 14, 2014 by delivering to the press such notice and posting same at the municipal building and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Salute to the Flag

Roll Call  Also Present
Mayor MarottaP Glenn Kienz, Board Attorney
Diane WexlerNP Cory Stoner, Board Engineer
Councilmember RizzutoP Kim Decker, Board Secretary
Martin TheobaldNP Jessica Caldwell, Board Planner
Richard SpoerlP Colleen Ragnetti, Recording Secretary
Joseph TadrickP  
Andrea CoculaP  
Joseph FerrerNP  
Jessica PaladiniP  
Chris Hack (#1 Alt)NP  
Ed Rolando (#2 Alt)P  
Valerie Seufert (#3 Alt)P  
Kristi Raperto (#4 Alt)NP  

Public Hearings

LU# 7-14-6: Benjamin Toussaint - Block 230.11, Lot 1, - Lot Line Relocation with a Bulk Variance

Mr. Toussaint, the applicant, was sworn in by Mr. Kienz. Mr. Toussaint explained he wanted to buy a piece of his neighbor’s property to add to his property. He has young children and would like to have a bigger yard for his family. He would use a previous lot line. Mr. Stoner explained how Mr. Toussaint’s lot is lot 7 and a section of lot 1 would be subdivided to become part of lot 7, and a bulk variance is needed for lot 1, to create a nonconforming lot less than 30,000 square feet witch is required for the R-3 zone. Mr. Kienz advised that a letter be sent to the county to apply for the sub-division as well.

Motion: Mr. Rolando made a motion to approve the above application. Ms. Seufert seconded the motion. Roll Call: Marotta-Y, Rizzuto-Y, Spoerl-Y, Tadrick-Y, Cocula-Y, Paladini-Y, Rolando-Y, Seufert-Y. Passed.

LU# 5-14-4: First Hartford Realty Corporation (CVS), - Block 144.01, Lots 1, 2, 3 & 4, - Preliminary/Major Site Plan & Subdivision with Bulk Variances to Construct a CVS Pharmacy

Note: Mr. Rolando stepped down from the board for this hearing.

Mr. Gianetti, Attorney
Mr. Gianetti from Dave Pitney came forward and spoke on behalf of First Harford Realty Corporation which is the preferred developer of CVS Caremark. He explained the application being presented and that witnesses will present the various aspects of the preliminary project.

Mr. Jaworski
Mr. Jaworski from Dynamic Engineering came forward and was sworn in by Mr. Kienz. Mr. Jaworski provided his credentials to the board. Mr.Kienz asks that any exhibits not part of the application be marked. Mr. Jaworski presented the following exhibits

A1 exhibit presented is the land survey, and the designs of the lots. The green lot is for CVS, the blue lot is the current florist. The yellow lot is the current bank location with the orange being the remaining lot. This exhibit provides all setbacks, dimensions and no new variances. The final subdivision will have the correct metes and bounds.

A2 exhibit is the site plan. The plan is for 13388 sq ft CVS single store pharmacy. The grey area on the exhibit represents the parking area. There is a single driveway from Rt. 94 to Bank St. There is a separate driveway that a tractor trailer will use for loading and unloading purposes. This will not interfere with the driveway for customers. The pharmacy will have a single lane drive through. The exhibit shows 55 parking spaces for CVS and 14 parking spaces for the florist. These spaces can be shared for any overflow. The parking spots measure 9x18 an industry standard. The dumpster will be enclosed and will match the facade of the building. The exhibit provides sidewalks and the lighting as well.

A3 exhibit is the cross section view. This exhibit shows the building, back driveway, three foot wall, sidewalk, pavers, decorative lighting and the street. The retaining walls will include a wrought iron fence to match the concept of the design as well as piers. Mr. Tadrick stated that the exhibits looked really nice and would be setting a standard for future businesses. Mr. Jaworski stated that consistency will be throughout the site and will match the stone work on the building where the florist is located.

Storm water has three major components. Storm water system had been built across from town hall to accommodate the storm water for this area both for filtration and quantity. The three areas of water issues include quantity, quality and ground water recharge. The roof water is part of the underground drainage. Cory explained that additional trunk lines were installed as part of the underground storage pipes.

A traffic study was done and will be reviewed by the DOT. The study done determined which level the traffic level came in at which was a level A.

Utilities are all available to the site. The water issue is part of a discussion with United Water. Mr. Stoner explained about a missing link near Masters Plumbing is currently being discussed with the town (the dry line).

A4 exhibit is the signage for CVS. It included two free standing signs, a monument sign and upward lightening.

Robert Gehr, Architect
Mr. Gehr came forward and was sworn in by Mr. Kienz. Mr. Gehr provided his credentials to the board.

Mr. Gehr presented exhibit A5. The exhibit describes the floor plan. This exhibit showcases the entire store with the corner entrance. The materials of the building will be hardy plank siding and Eldorado stone for the base of the store. The colors will be earth tone with soffit lightening.

A6 exhibit included the exterior elevations, including the roof line, double hung windows. Various suggestions were made to improve the exterior of the building, such as more stone work, breaks in the roof, and some dormer windows by the board.

John McDonough, Planner
Mr. McDonough came forward and was sworn in by Mr. Kienz. Mr. McDonough provided his credentials to the board.

The final exhibit is the landscaping elements. The plan is for 900 plants, including trees, evergreen trees, flowering shrubs, ornamental grasses and feature plants.

The lightening elements were also presented.

Mr. Stoner and Ms. Caldwell discussed their reports.

Open Meeting to the Public

No one from the public came forward

Close Meeting to the Public

Mr. Kienz went over the conditions, waivers, and variances that are involved with the application.

Motion: Mr. Spoerl made a motion. Mr. Rizzuto seconded the motion to approve. Roll Call: Marotta - Y, Rizzuto - Y, Spoerl-Y, Tadrick -Y, Cocula - Y, Paladini -Y, Seufert - Y. Passed.

Motion: Mayor Marotta made a motion to have Mr. Kienz do the developers agreement for First Hartford Realty Corporation. Ms. Cocula Seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Public Participation

Open Meeting to the Public for Items Other than Those Listed on the Agenda

No one from the public came forward

Close Meeting to the Public

Resolutions

LU# 6-14-5: Danny Thoma - Block 103.21, Lot 1, - Bulk Variance for Deck Stairs within the Front Yard Setback

Eligible to vote: Marotta, Wexler, Rizzuto, Theobald, Spoerl, Tadrick, Rolando, Seufert, Raperto

Motion: Ms. Seufert made a motion to approve the above resolution. Mayor Marotta seconded the motion. Roll Call: Marotta - Y, Rizzuto - Y, Spoerl -Y, Tadrick -Y, Rolando -Y, Seufert -Y.

Land Use Board Discussion Items (action may or may not be taken)

Review Proposed Draft Chicken Ordinance

Ms. Caldwell, board planner, researched other towns regarding the requirements needed to have chickens. It included the amount of fowl, shelter, and amount of acres needed. The board discussed various pros and cons of allowing chickens on properties under five acres. Mr. Marotta recommend that this be presented to the town council for consideration before moving forward with it.

Motion: Mayor Marotta made a motion to table the ordinance. Mr. Rizzuto Seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Ms. Caldwell discussed Ordinance #14-18, an ordinance to amend the land development ordinance of the Township of Vernon by adoption of a revised page one of the zoning map. This ordinance was forwarded to the land use board by the town council for any comments or recommendations.

Motion: Ms. Cocula made a motion to send Ordinance #14-18 back to town council with no further comments or recommendations. Ms. Seufert seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Minutes

August 13, 2014: Regular Meeting Minutes (Marotta, Wexler, Rizzuto, Theobald, Spoerl, Tadrick, Ferrer, Rolando, Seufert, Raperto) Roll Call: Marotta Y, Rizzuto Y, Spoerl Y, Tadrick Y, Rolando Y, Seufert Y.

Board Fees

  1. Board Fees
    1. Board Attorney: Glenn Kienz, Weiner Lesniak LLP
      1. Land Use Board Business: ($0)
    2. Board Planner: Jessica Caldwell, J. Caldwell & Associates
      1. Land Use Board Business: Services through 7/28/2014 ($457.50)
      2. Land Use Board Business: Services through 8/20/2014 ($287.50)
      3. First Hartford: LU# 5-14-4 - Services through 7/22/14 ($230.00)
      4. First Hartford: LU# 5-14-4 - Services through 8/25/14 ($1,638.75)
    3. Board Engineer: Cory Stoner, Harold E. Pellow & Associates
      1. Land Use Board Business: Services through 7/9/14 ($122.50)
      2. United Telephone: LU# 10-13-8 - Services through 7/15/14 ($183.76)
      3. First Hartford Realty: LU# 5-14-4 - Services through 7/22/14 ($245.00)
      4. New Cingular Wireless: LU# 1-14-3 - Services through 7/1/14 ($61.25)
    4. Board Recording Secretary: Colleen Ragnetti - ($0)

Motion: Ms. Cocula made a motion to approve the above board fees. Ms Seufert seconded. All were in favor.

  1. Request for Escrows to be Closed
    1. LU# 5-09-8: Agnes B. Regan Trust c/o Lee - Block 172, Lot 15, - Minor Subdivision ($100.00)

Motion: Ms. Cocula made a motion to release the above escrow. Mr. Rizzuto seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Adjournment

Motion: Ms. Seufert made a motion. Mr. Rizzuto seconded the motion to adjourn at 9:36 p.m. All were in favor.

These minutes were transcribed by Colleen Ragnetti on September 20, 2014