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Application for United Water Company Property Denied

Application requesting change in zoning from Residential A to mixed used denied

New Milford's Bureau of Code Enforcement Planning and Zoning has formally denied an application filed by New Milford Redevelopment Associates LLC asking for . 

The application sought approval for the construction of a supermarket, bank and a 221 unit residential housing complex that included a multi-level parking garage with 428 spaces and a pool. 

The application was denied citing violations to New Milford's zoning codes. The height of the residential housing unit is a proposed four-story complex. The current zoning code for that property permits a maximum of two and one-half stories. 

Also, New Milford's parking codes require one parking space for every 150 square-feet, which would be 925 spaces for this development. The proposed parking contains only 826 spaces. 

Peter Hekemian, managing director of the New Milford Development Associates, LLC, is also the Principal and V.P. of Development for the S. Hekemian Group.

As a result of the denial, New Milford Redevelopment Associates LLC is scheduled to appear before the Board of Adjustment on Tuesday, February 14th. 

Editor's note: The Board of Adjustment meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14th will be at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Borough Hall. 

Mike January 20, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I am both for the community and against your nonsense.
Donna Colucci January 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Ok here I go..."This isn't a life and death issue" Mike, whatever your last name is, you are half right. For some people who live in the birthplace of Bergen County, New Milford this IS a life or death matter. For you, Mike to minimize it, I think that is just plain inconsiderate of your fellow neighbors. There are residents in our town who absolutely cannot afford higher taxes and literally may not be able to stay in their homes. The homes that they are so proud of and raised their families in. So there is a great possibility that some "residents" consider this a life alterating situation. Perhaps the death of their beloved homes' value. There are ways to look at this "big elephant in the room." One is to accept the fact that it may become a commercial property and keep our taxes where they are and hope for the best that in some way NM can benefit from this too. Two-let the "builders" do what they choose and hope for the best in our hometown, As I have followed this post from day one, reading how some of you bash each other is bothersome to me. Come out from behind your computer screens and introduce yourselves so that we may see who you are. Come to the mayor and council meetings and educate yourselves in the doings of our town. Just stop the bickering, you completely sound like immature babies....move on please.
Mike January 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Drake...Pot, meet kettle. Anyway, I never said I was for any of this, actually, I'm not. My issue with Jimmy is that he's full of it. If the town is so against this issue, then why would the Zoning Board even consider rezoning the property? The last thing any of us need is higher taxes, I think we can all agree on that. There is no way for this project to be built without the property being rezoned, it really is that simple. Let's just wait and see how the Board and Mayor handle this. What would be great is an idea from our beloved mayor on where she stands on all of this, wouldn't it??
Bobby January 21, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Not just the Mayor. I'd also like to know where the council members stand.
Tony January 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Mike...I wouldn't bother giving your last name. Drake seems like a stalker. Showing up at people's doorsteps, searching the internet, harassing people. Strange dude.
Thom Birch January 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Good evening all, I hope you all made it through the snow OK. I just wanted to comment and say that I find it hilarious that one of the few people on this forum who uses his own name is considered creepy and a stalker. Why don't you put your real names on the forum and once we know all of your background we can determine who is the real stalker.
Mike January 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Who cares if anyone knows my full name? What does my background have to do with any of this? Drake is obsessed with blaming the towns problems on anyone but his party. He rants and raves, calls people names, and acts like some kind of tough guy, while never even considering someone else's point of view. I don't know the guy, but he seems like exactly the type of person who takes town politics way too seriously. Grow up Jimmy.
Jerry January 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
From http://newmilford-nj.patch.com/articles/united-water-property-traffic-impact-analysis-for-proposed-retail-residential-development The study reports that a portion of the traffic will come from cars passing the proposed development on their way to some other destination that will stop for a retail trip. For the proposed supermarket, it is determined that approximately 10% of traffic may be drawn from the traffic flows along River Road and Main Street. The study also concludes that these types of retail trips "do not add new traffic to the adjacent street system." So please don't tell me you don't want this development because of increased traffic flow, because it's just NOT TRUE!
Denise January 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Staying on topic here-Jerry...Ya know the "heavier traffic" we have at the south end of town...ie. Brookchester, "Old Shop-Rite"? Guess what.....study-schmudy, the same thing will happen at the north end if this developer & "our town" goe's through with these plans to build a "new Shop-Rite" and apartment complex!!
Jerry January 23, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Denise, I don't see why you're attacking me like that, kind of rude. Anyway what is your alternative plan for this site? Leave it undeveloped?
Jerry January 23, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Jimmy, glad to be part of this very exclusive club :) LOL
Denise January 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Yeah, I guess I'm in the "club" now....YIPPEEE!! The last thing I wanted was to get "attacked" by the same person who is alledging that I "attacked" him and calling me "rude" . I can't remember the last time someone thought I was RUDE....! Jerry I apologise to you....What I am doing is "attacking" the traffic study... Why has this parcel of land become such a big deal .....I can remember walking past the chain link fence on River Rd on my way to NMHS for 4 years & that was quite awhile ago....Point being is that for years nothing has been done with this land. P.S.-I was raised and grew up in New Milford....
Jerry January 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Can't the "housing" part of the plan be done so that people 65+ can buy one of those units? If I'm not mistaken, in Dumont a builder completed a similar project not so long ago.
JD January 25, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Jerry, I totally agree with you. There is nothing preventing Inserra from moving out of New Milford entirely (like to the spot where the old Huffman Koos building was). Then we have a town with no supermarket. I wonder what the reaction of some of these folks would be then. I am not crazy about the apartments, but if we could get their original plan with the football/soccer field, that would be excellent....AND we would have RATABLES there! I agree that there would be some additional traffic, but do not forget, the traffic from the old Shop-Rite would no longer be there.
JD January 25, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Jerry, I agree with you again....and hopefully they will do something with Van Buskirk SOON (other than put up signs).
JD January 25, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Nancy, I do as well. I just hope that the folks in town listen to ALL of the options and gather the facts in order that we make the best RATIONAL decision for the people of New Milford and our town. I heard alot of people protesting the original plan back in April. Now we have a plan before us, that I would venture to say is not as appealing to the overall population as the original plan. Remember that the Council explored the option of purchasing the land and it is not a viable option.
JD January 25, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I actually like Jerry's idea. A few questions: 1) Why does the old ShopRite site HAVE to remain commercially zoned? I would really like to understand why. 2) I also don't understand why you say that the old council didn't have the opportunity to ask Mr. Inserra to 'foot the bill for, as you say, a turfed/bleachered/all-sport complex' when the plan (concept) was presented in APRIL. What is the exact reason that the Council was unable (or willing?) to contact Mr. Inserra? 3) Regarding your suggestion for us to pay for the property....exactly how much would the average property owner have to pay....I think you must have an idea since you alluded that in your opinion, it is the 'only choice'. I am willing to consider any viable option, provided it is supported by facts. Thank you.
Jerry January 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Thank you JD!
Howard Berner January 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Sorry Denise for my mis-typing of your name. The affordable housing does not have to be built on THIS parcel of land, but would need to be built on some parcel of land in town.
newmilford1967 January 29, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Hey Joe go sell some cars????? You talk out of your .... Your on zoning what do you for see there??? Oh thats it you cant tsay because your on zoning conflict correct
JD January 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Jerry, I totally agree with you.
Ann Piccirillo January 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
We interrupt this conversation to remind everyone to keep it civil and keep your comments on topic please. Differing opinions add immeasurable value to the debate, as long as those opinions don't swerve into the arena of personal. That serves no one and draws attention away from the very important issues that currently face New Milford and everyone who calls it home. Thank you!
Donna Colucci January 29, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thank you Ann...some of these unamed posters are simply bullies...ha ha how ironic FYI posters, there is another story about bullying...go check it out...
tony mac January 29, 2012 at 09:21 PM
thank you Ann. as I've mentioned before this should not turn into the same atmosphere as the NM Forum. Have a good day!
Tony January 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Loonam... You seem to have a vendetta against Councilwoman Grant. I've seen this question posed before to the entire M & C and I haven't seen a response from any of them. Why don't you get on their case too.
Tony January 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I want to know all of their opinions, not just hers. So address your question to the entire M & C, not to her alone. Then if no one responds you can go after them as a group and it won't appear you're singling her out..
Michelle January 30, 2012 at 06:26 AM
When you stand in criticism of people, you position yourself above them and the only people truly qualified to do that are those who are more capable. Ms. Grant is being singled out here because she consistently attacks the Mayor and Council -- throughout her campaign -- and here in this forum. Now that she has won the Council seat she persists in her attacks as if she herself is somehow not part of the group she just joined. She can either do all those things she has claimed superior positioning on, or prove herself an empty dress by continuing her attacks. As a New Milford resident it is my hope that she can put her club down and become a team player so we can benefit from her contribution to the team effort.
Ulises January 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I hope we can all put our clubs down, become team players and unite as one for the sake of our town. Please, let’s not forget all that Ms. Pickett mentioned almost two weeks ago, see her comment below: " miriam pickett 1:42 pm on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Can't we leave politics out of this and concentrate on what's best for New Milford and its citiizen/taxpayers? This project is too big for our small community. We still don't know what will happen if houses and/or stores and Shoprite are built on this very sensitive environmental site. While it is not a direct flood plain area, how will the increase in sewers, etc. effect the water table and possible flooding? Has this study been done? If it has been done, what conclusions were drawn? What about the center of town? What will replace Shoprite? More stores? There are too many empty stores in town as it is. What about the traffic that will be caused by such overdelopment at this narrow point in New Milford? Can the current roads handle the new volume? What will it cost us to upgrade the roads and surrounding environs? Forget the politics! We need answers and we need to show up for the meeting."
tony mac January 30, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Being that I hate driving to Closter how about they put in a driving range for us golfers? If it floods who cares?
Ulises March 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
"Wouldn't you rather see more SOD, than asphalt, in your community?" Let's Stop-Over-Development (SOD) in New Milford, together. Send us an email to SODNOW@yahoo.com for more information.

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