Monday, November 26, 2012
See what's coming up this week in New Milford
There is as public meeting of the Mayor and Council Monday at 7:45 pm in the council chambers of Borough Hall. The public session is preceded by a work session beginning at 7 pm in the upstairs conference room at Borough Hall. One of the items on the agenda for the open portion of the work session is the discussion of recycling issues. Residents have raised concerns about recycling not being picked up on the appointed day. On the public meeting agenda is the approval of refunds for 2012 property tax overpayments as a result of the County Board judgment, authorize the Mayor to sign the public health shared services agreement for 2013 and request the NJ State Legislature and DEP to take action concerning flood hazard areas and floodways. …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Find out what's going on in New Milford this week.
There will be a regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday at 7 pm in the Media Center at New Milford High School. The Planning Board is meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Borough Hall. SOD is hosting "Candidates Night" on Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the media center of David E. Owens Middle School. Moderated by the League of Women Voters, each candidate for council will be in attendance to answer questions. Thursday is a special meeting of the Zoning Board at 7 pm in the Council Chambers of Borough Hall. The meeting will be devoted entirely to the continuation of the hearing of the development of the United Water property.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Board of Education meeting, special meeting of the Zoning Board and Gibbs Fundraiser dominate the week ahead.
All New Milford public schools will be closed Monday for Rosh Hashanah. NOTE: The meeting of the Planning Board scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30pm has been cancelled. On Wednesday, there will be a regular meeting of the Board of Education. The meeting will be in the Media Center of New Milford High School at 7 pm. Also on Wednesday is the special meeting of the Zoning Board devoted entirely to the hearing of the site plan application for the United Water Company property. The meeting will begin at 7pm in the Council Chambers of Borough Hall. At the last special meeting on August 23, Michael Dipple, Hekemian's engineering expert, was recalled to answer questions from the public. During that meeting, Dipple also faced further questioning by …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
In determining floodways, plains and zones, a FEMA map can only be used if a town does not have an existing DEP map.
Borough engineer, Margita Batistic, confirmed to Mayor Ann Subrizi that in the matter of flood maps, a 32-year old DEP map trumps a seven-year old FEMA map. During Tuesday's Planning Board meeting, Subrizi said that she had consulted with Batistic who informed her that if a town has an existing DEP map, which New Milford does, then the FEMA map cannot be used, or relied upon, in determining flood elevations. The FEMA map is primarily intended for use by the National Flood Insurance Program only. Central to the recent Zoning Board hearings, is the developer's reliance on DEP flood maps that date to 1980. Members of New Milford's grassroots group SOD (Stop Over Development), have been questioning experts regarding their position on the …
Monday, August 27, 2012
On the agenda is approval of the resolution for the 2012 Amendment to the Recreation and Open Space Plan Element of the Master Plan.
There will be a combined session of the Planning Board Tuesday, 7:30pm in the council chambers of Borough Hall. On the agenda is approval of the resolution for the 2012 Amendment to the Recreation and Open Space Plan Element of the Master Plan. The borough retained Edward Snieckus of Burgis and Associates to prepare an amendment to the borough's 2004 comprehensive master plan in order to address inconsistencies between the Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI) and the other planning documents in use by the borough, such as the Recreation and Open Space element that is part of the master plan that identifies undeveloped land used for recreation or conservation. In 2004, the borough adopted a comprehensive master plan that included a…
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Zoning board grants variances on greenhouses and barns; remands signage back to county for clarification.
After months of testimony before both the planning and zoning boards, Fresh & Fancy Farms has obtained approval to build on preserved land. The zoning board passed a resolution last week approving the variances sought by Fresh & Fancy Farms to relocate an existing greenhouse, construct a new greenhouse and construct a new 36' x 60' barn with a greenhouse and 12 foot overhang. Fresh & Fancy's Deed of Easement Conservation, a designation that preserves and protects land from development, means certain restrictions apply to what can be done to the property. The board determined that Low's request for variances for the relocation of an existing greenhouse and the construction of a new greenhouse and a barn with a greenhouse is consistent …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Draft amendment to the Recreation and Open Space Plan element of the Master Plan gone over in detail by the Planning Board.
The Planning Board reviewed the amendment to the Recreation and Open Space element of the master plan with Edward Snieckus of Burgis Associates at Tuesday's meeting. The borough retained Burgis to prepare an amendment to the borough's 2004 comprehensive master plan in order to address inconsistencies between the Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI) and the other planning documents in use by the borough, such as the Recreation and Open Space element that is part of the master plan that identifies undeveloped land used for recreation or conservation. In 2004, the borough adopted a comprehensive master plan that included a land use plan and an open space plan. This plan underwent a review in 2010, resulting in the adoption of a …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
First draft of the amendment to the Recreation and Open Space element of the master plan introduced at Planning Board meeting.
Borough planner, Joseph Burgis of Burgis Associates, was retained by the Mayor and Council on behalf of the Planning Board to prepare an amendment to the master plan to specifically address the inconsistency between the Recreation and Open Space element, the Land Use Plan and the borough's Recreation and Open Space inventory (ROSI) that is currently on file with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The purpose of the draft amendment, presented to the Planning Board Monday, is to amend the borough's Recreation and Open Space plan element to ensure and maintain consistency among all of the borough's planning documents. The most recent master plan, adopted in 2004, was re-examined in a 2010 report. Burgis said …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Subcommittee is working on creating an ordinance that will conform commercial signage; discussion of master plan held over to June 19 work session.
In an effort to conform the signs that commercial properties may display in their windows, the Planning Board has formed a subcommittee charged with writing the ordinance that will ultimately be forwarded to the Mayor and Council to vote upon for approval. The intention of the ordinance is to limit the area and height of individual signs, address the use of LED technology, prohibit off-premises signs, and to establish other measures to reduce visual clutter. One question to be determined is this: if established businesses are grandfathered into the ordinance, should they be required to comply with the new sign ordinance if they renovate the front facade? The issue has been remanded back to the signage subcommittee for further work on the …
Friday, May 18, 2012
The national chain's proposed 2400-square foot Kinderkamack Road location was approved Thursday night
The last time a national chain was approved in River Edge was several years ago for the Kinderkamack Road and Midland Avenue intersection Dunkin Donuts. On Thursday night, the Planning Board unanimously approved a 7 Eleven application for 584 Kinderkamack Road near Van Buren Avenue with eight members in favor of the project. Board members Vito Acquafredda and Neil Doornheim were absent from the hearing. The 2400-square foot building calls for 1300-square feet of retail space and 1100-square feet of storage/utility space. The convenience store was initially approved in 2007 but was modified recently to fit the 7 Eleven standard and resubmitted. "It's a 60-by-40 foot building, approximately 18.5 feet high with 13 parking spaces," …