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JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2006

Presiding:            Chairman DiFrisco     

Secretary:            Joanne Meyer

 

Present:                                                                                    Also Present:                                                                                                                                                                                   

Mr. Jenisch                                                                              Kurt Senesky, Board Attorney

Mr. Pignatore                                                                          Jeff Elam, Board Engineer

Vice-Chairman Ackerson

Ms. Galfo                                                                                Absent:

Dr. Prezioso                                                                            

Ms. Morris                                                                  Mr. Culp

Ms. Valva

Chairman DiFrisco

                                                                       

REGULAR MEETING:

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

Farber/White                                                     No. 44-05        Block 284, Lot 9

                                                                                                22 Fawn Terrace

                                                                                                Bulk Area Variance

 

 Vice Chairman Ackerson moved to approve the resolution.   Ms. Galfo seconded the motion.

                       

In Favor:            Mr. Pignatore, Vice Chairman Ackerson, Ms. Galfo, Ms. Morris, Ms. Valva, and Chairman DiFrisco.

 

APPLICATIONS:

 

Konior                                                              No. 34-05        Block 465, Lot 1

                                                                                                25 Brookside Drive

                                                                                                Use Variance

Ms. Galfo stepped down from this application.

 

            Dr. Konior, applicant, is present and previously sworn in.

 

            Mr. Senesky stated we have a partial survey of the property with the location of the three greenhouses shown.  The report from the board engineer states it is accepted as shown.  The report also states the applicant should provide a copy of the permit for the existing shed.

 

            Chairman DiFrisco stated we asked you to come back with the exact location of the sheds, which you have done.

 

            Mr. Senesky asked if he were planning on removing a number of trees.

            Dr. Konior stated there are a few trees there, but they are less then 10? in diameter.

 

           

            Chairman DiFrisco opened the meeting up to the public.

            There being no comment the public portion is closed.

 

            Vice Chairman Ackerson moved to approve the application with the condition the applicant provide the board with a copy of the permit for the existing shed.   Dr. Prezioso seconded the motion.

                       

In Favor:            Vice Chairman Ackerson, Dr. Prezioso, Ms. Morris, Ms. Valva, and Chairman DiFrisco.

 

Starlight Homes, LLC                                         No. 38-05        Block 329, Lot 45

                                                                                                2 Moccasin Trail

                                                                                                Bulk Area Variance

Ms. Valva stepped down from this application.

 

            Mr. Masessa represents the applicant is present.

 

            Mr. Anthony Campana, Applicant, and Mr. Gloor, Engineer, are present and previously sworn in.

 

            Mr. Senesky stated when you were last here you were to meet with Mr. Elam regarding some drainage issues.

 

            Mr. Elam stated we did meet out there and went over the drainage issues.  We reshaped some side yards and installed a swale along the rear property, put a dry well in the back corner and modified the grading on the driveway to prohibit water from entering onto Moccasin Trail.

 

            Mr. Masessa stated he would like to have Mr. Gloor testify to the changes that were made.

 

            Mr. Gloor stated they did calculations and the improvements are more then satisfied by the installation of a single drywell in the rear.  Also, we have included a trench filled with gravel, which is detailed on the plan, to accept the runoff from the driveway.  The side yard on the right has been regarded to cause the water to run to the street, rather then over the septic system.

 

            Mr. Masessa asked with regards to the driveway, has there been any change in the grading of the driveway.

 

            Mr. Gloor stated yes.  The purpose was to prevent the water from the driveway from flowing to the street.  It will now go to the trench.  It will handle all the runoff from the driveway.

 

            Mr. Masessa asked where would the runoff from the home go.

 

            Mr. Gloor stated to the seepage pit in the right rear of the property.

 

            Vice Chairman Ackerson asked Mr. Elam if he were satisfied with the changes.

 

            Mr. Elam stated yes, at this point he is satisfied.

 

            Mr. Senesky stated one of the neighbors had a problem with site distance from the driveway.  Do you have any issues with the site distance from the driveway?

 

            Mr. Elam stated Mr. Gloor and he checked that out on site and it is acceptable for a driveway.

 

            Dr. Prezioso asked if the drainage ditch would need any maintenance.

 

            Mr. Elam stated not year to year but maybe after 25 years it may need a replacement.  As long as the homeowner doesn?t dump there, it should be fine for years.

           

Chairman DiFrisco opened the meeting up to the public.

           

            Ms. Doris Silber, neighbor, stated as in the last meeting she is concerned about any blasting that may have to be done.

 

            Mr. Senesky stated at the last meeting the applicant indicated he did not see a need for blasting.

 

            Mr. Elam stated if the applicant decides to blast, we can direct he do a survey of your house to identify any cracks that are there now and any issues you may have.  If he does blast and you notice anything, the blaster would be responsible for repairing any damages.

 

            Mr. Campana stated we don?t anticipate any need for blasting.  He would prefer to use a hammer instead of blasting anyway.

 

There being no comment the public portion is closed.

 

            Vice Chairman Ackerson moved to approve the application with the condition the applicant notify neighbors within 200 feet if any blasting will be done.   Ms. Galfo seconded the motion.

                       

In Favor:            Vice Chairman Ackerson, Ms. Galfo, Dr. Prezioso, Ms. Morris, and Chairman DiFrisco.

 

Kearney                                                            No. 45-05        Block 168, Lot 1

                                                                                                69 Castle Rock Road

                                                                                                Bulk Area Variance

 

            Mr. Kenneth Kearney, applicant, is present and sworn in.

 

            Mr. Senesky stated this is an application to construct a breezeway and attached garage with side and front yard variances required.

 

            Mr. Senesky read the report from the Health Department into the record.

 

            Mr. Kearney stated he would like to construct a garage.  Parking on Castle Rock Rd. is really dangerous.  He has photos of his neighbors down the street where you can see they all have garages with the same set up as is proposed.  (Photos are marked as A1). 

 

            Dr. Prezioso asked if he were on the right or left of the Owens.

 

            Mr. Kearney stated on the left facing the garage.

            Chairman DiFrisco stated if anybody has not been there to see this house, there is a problem in front of the applicant?s house, which is a curve in the road cut into the cliff of Castle Rock Road.  It is problematic if you park on the street.  Will your garage be higher then the house right next to you.

 

            Mr. Kearney stated he did not believe so.  The elevation of my garage will be lower.  The overall height might be the same, but it will not start off at the same grade of his.  Mine will be set back further.  Mine will be about 30 feet off the road instead of about 18 feet like my neighbor?s.  There will be parking in front of the garage as well as inside the garage.

 

            Mr. Pignatore asked if the garage were going to be dormered.

 

            Mr. Kearney stated he wanted to make is structurally pleasing by putting windows on the side.  There will not be a room up above.  It will be used for storage only.  You might be able to stand in the center of the floor above the garage.  There will be a basement in the garage used for storage only.  All the other houses in the area have two story garages.

 

            Mr. Senesky asked where the breezeway was going to go.

 

            Mr. Kearney stated it is the little structure between the house and the garage.  It is about 5 feet wide.

 

            Ms. Valva stated you will be able to get into the house from the garage via the breezeway without going outside.  The breezeway will have four walls and a roof, correct?

 

            Mr. Kearney stated correct.

 

            Dr. Prezioso asked will it have walls on the side or just a roof.

 

            Mr. Kearney stated will have walls.  It will be 24? x 5? wide.  If need be, it could be reduced to 12? x 5?.

 

            Discussion occurred on the roof pitch.

 

Chairman DiFrisco opened the meeting up to the public.

            There being no comment the public portion is closed.

 

            Dr. Prezioso moved to approve the application with the condition the maximum height of the garage not to exceed 17 feet and pitch of the roof to be 6 on 12.   Mr. Pignatore seconded the motion.

                       

In Favor:            Mr. Jenisch, Mr. Pignatore, Vice Chairman Ackerson, Ms. Galfo, Dr. Prezioso, Ms. Morris, and Chairman DiFrisco.

 

Hook                                                                No. 43-05        Block 376, Lot 43

                                                                                                10 Acorn Trail

                                                                                                Bulk Area Variance

 

            Ms. Valva stated the applicant has not noticed for this meeting in the paper and has not notified the neighbors within 200 ft.  The applicant was informed by Ms. Meyer of their need to do this.

 

            Ms. Galfo moved to dismiss without prejudice.  Vice Chairman Ackerson seconded the motion.

 

In Favor:            Mr. Jenisch, Mr. Pignatore, Vice Chairman Ackerson, Ms. Galfo, Dr. Prezioso, Ms. Morris, and Chairman DiFrisco.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES DATED FEBRUARY 13, 2006:

 

            Ms. Galfo moved to approve the minutes.  Vice Chairman Ackerson seconded the motion.

 

            In Favor:  All.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

            Mr. Senesky stated he sent a letter to the board that he is proposing we hand out to all applicants in the future which describes the Highlands Legislation.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Vice Chairman Ackerson moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:24 PM.

            Ms. Galfo seconded the motion.

 

            In Favor:  All

 

 

                                                                                                                           Respectfully submitted,

 

                             ___________________________________________________ 

                                                                             Joanne Meyer, Board of Adjustment Secretary

                       


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