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Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Jefferson Township Planning Board, pursuant to due notice and in compliance with the Sunshine Law.

Municipal Building, Jefferson Township, at 8:00 PM.


Presiding:            Chairman Williams

Secretary:            Joanne Meyer


Present:                                    Also Present:                                                Absent:


Councilwoman Merz             Jill Hartmann, Board Planner            Mayor Felter

Mr. Mikowski                                     

Vice Chairman Hartery                                  

Chief Palko

Mr. Mitchko

Mr. Deutsch                                                                          

Mr. Marthens

Mr. Hine

Chairman Williams






Lakeland Properties, LLC                             No. 06-05        Block 260.01, Lots 16 & 17

                                                                                                215 Route 15 South

                                                                                                Minor Site Plan


Vice Chairman Hartery moved to approve the resolution.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.


In Favor:            Councilwoman Merz, Mr. Mikowski, Vice Chairman Hartery, Chief Palko, Mr. Deutsch, Mr. Mitchko, Mr. Hine, and Chairman Williams.




Mr. Mitchko moved to approve the minutes.  Vice Chairman Hartery seconded the motion.


In Favor:            All.









2006 Housing Element & Fair Share Plan


            Ms. Hartmann stated the town had a settlement agreement in 1997 with BiCounty.  We prepared a housing element and fair share plan to meet our first and second rounds.  At that point our number was 131 units, 69 new construction units and 62 rehabilitation units.  In 2000 COAH, utilizing the latest demographic information, changed every municipalities requirement and recalculated it.  The recalculated number became 47 new constructed units.  We lost BiCounty as a viable option for providing affordable housing.  As a result, this plan is both a first and second round plan and a third round plan.  In creating the plan, the second round allows you to use 25% of your number as senior citizen units and the third round allows 50% of the number.  The bottom line is we have a surplus of 15 units from everything that is in town, including the Chase at Jefferson for senior housing, the Alta Development Co. has a group home, there is a Center for Humanistic Change of NJ, which is a group home, and we have the Department for Persons with Disabilities.  The round 3 requires you to figure out what the historic trend is in housing and utilize that trend throughout the next ten years for housing.  In the report you will find that Jefferson Township has, for a rural suburban community, been very busy over the last 10 years.  This is absolutely and unequivocally incompatible with what is going on as a result of the Highlands since 90% of the town is in the preservation area.  Utilizing the last six months, minus the end of the Peaks development, gives us 6 units a year.  This sounds reasonable if you have a minor subdivision and various things that can take place that would not increase lot coverage inappropriately.  This was used as our basis for the net historic growth.  Concerning commercial development, since our agendas have been so light, we will probably not have too many other developments in office, warehouse, restaurant, and retail.  COAH requires that you revisit your plan every three years to make sure you are on target.  The state requires that if your anticipated number of affordable housing units for residential and nonresidential growth shares are larger then the metropolitan planning organization, which is NJTPA here, we are required to use our number.  If the MPO number is greater then our number, we have to use their number.  Our growth share number is 55.  As a result of that, they are planning on utilizing our entire non-age restricted group home surplus of 15 units plus one credit that we had, and we are going to use 28 of our 37 remaining age restricted surplus.  We still wind up being short however; the Diocese of Patterson is trying to build 14 more beds.  They are working with the Highlands Commission.  However, in order to use those 14 beds as a real development, the township needs some kind of ownership or the beds have to be in place and certain agreements created between the town and that group home.  There is no where else for us to do this.


Vice Chairman Hartery moved to approve the Housing Element and Fair Share Plan.  Mr. Deutsch seconded the motion.


In Favor:            Councilwoman Merz, Mr. Mikowski, Vice Chairman Hartery, Chief Palko, Mr. Deutsch, Mr. Mitchko, Mr. Marthens, Mr. Hine, and Chairman Williams.


            Chairman Williams stated the League of Municipalities meeting is next month.  The first day of that meeting is on a Tuesday, which is the Tuesday we meet.  We should cancel the meeting for November.


Vice Chairman Hartery moved to cancel the November meeting.  Mr. Deutsch seconded the motion.


In Favor:            All.





            Vice Chairman Hartery moved to adjourn at 8:26 PM.

            Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.


            In Favor: All.




Respectfully Submitted by:





Joanne Meyer

Secretary to the Planning Board

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