MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

PLANNING BOARD

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

 

            The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Planning Board was held at the Cranbury Town Hall Municipal Building, Old School Building, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey, Middlesex County, on November 2, 2006 at 8:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

            Thomas Harvey, Chairperson, of the Cranbury Township Planning Board, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof.

 

STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE

 

            Pursuant with the Sunshine Law adequate notice according to the open public meeting act was provided of this meeting’s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice, and filed with the municipal clerk.

 

PROFESSIONALS PRESENT

 

Josette C. Kratz, Secretary; Cathleen Marcelli, Township Engineer, Joseph Stonaker, Esquire, Planning Board Attorney; Richard Preiss, Township Planner

 

MEMBERS PRESENT

 

Mr. Golubieski, Mr. Speer, Mr. Stannard, Mr. Stout, Ms. Weidner

 

Acting Chairman appointed to precede this meeting was Mr. Speer.  Nominated by Mr. Golubieski and seconded by Ms. Weidner

 

Mr. Speer asked if there were any general public comments.  There were none.

 

Mr. Speer announced for those present to hear PB 116-06 Feibus, that had been carried until November 30 and would not be heard this evening,

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

Extension of Time for Application No. PB 082-04 Virginia Neill/Ken Miller, Block 18.07, Lot 47, 106-108 South Main Street, Minor Subdivision

 

Mr. Stonaker commented that this was for a minor subdivision the extension was requested due to a long debate with the County about circular driveways vs. two curb cuts and have not been able to resolve the matter with the County.  We have previously heard it and extended it.  This is the second and last extension that could be given.

 

The applicant had 90 days from September 7th.

 

Mr. Golubieski motioned for the approval of the extension of time.  Ms. Weidner seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

                    AYES:      Mr. Golubieski, Mr. Stannard, Mr. Stout, Ms. Weidner

                   NAYS:      None

             ABSTAIN:      Mr. Speer

               ABSENT:      Mr. Dreyling, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Kehrt,

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

APPLICATIONS

 

PB 116-06       Steve Feibus, Block 26, Lots 4 & 5.01, Route 130, Minor Site

                        (Carried until November 30, 2006)

 

PB 101-05       Prologis Park Cranbury (South Park), Block 10, Lot 4 & 19, Station Road, Preliminary & Final Site Plan

 

Witnesses:        Richard Goldman, Attorney

Edwin Caballero, Engineer from Schoor DePalma

                        Karl Pehnke, Traffic Consultant from Shoor DePalma

 

Mr. Goldman explained that they had had a meeting with the professionals and were able to produce some alternatives which he felt significantly improved the plan.

 

The plan was driven largely by eliminating one significant expansion component, 100,000 SF of building which opened up the site plan. 

 

Mr. Stonaker announced that the professionals were sworn at the last hearing and remain under oath.

 

Exhibit A9        Revised Colorized Site Plan (Overall Site Layout Plan) revised October 9, 2006

 

Mr. Caballero went through the changes on the site plan that occurred since original submission.  They removed the proposed addition on the southwest corner of the existing building.   That addition was 105,812 SF.  Along the westerly side of the existing building they removed all the existing loading dock areas within the northwestern corner as well as all the trailer storage area completely along the westerly side of the existing building.  This allowed the applicant to open up the corridor coming down the center portion of between the existing building and the proposed building.  The reduced the number of existing parking spaces, proposing 149 parking spaces in front of the loading dock area, removing 22 spaces from the front yard area.

 

EXHIBIT A-10            Existing Site Plan Issues (Site Constraints Plan) dated 8/3/2006

 

There are 118 stripped parking spaces within the front yard area and there is an additional segment just to the east of that used for parking, un-stripped. 

 

EXHIBIT A-11            Site Layout Plan, Sheet 5, revised 10/9/2006

 

EXHIBIT A-12            Arial Photo updated based on new layout

 

EXHIBIT A-13            Cross-Section B, dated 7/20/06

 

EXHIBIT A-14            Overall Landscaping Plan, last revised 10/09/06

 

EXHIBIT A-15            Cross Section C, revised 7/20/06

 

Pending with Middlesex County approved for the Dec. 13 hearing.  Received permit for the flood plain and associated drainage work within the center corridor of the site.  The wetlands, they have made minor modifications based on conversation with the DEP and resubmitted that wetlands permit.  There was a small segment of State open waters existing ditches that flow from a south to a northerly direction along each one of the railroad spurs and were advised that they have to modify some of their grading in the rear to be in conformance with their general permit requirements.  They had to jack a proposed storm sewer pipe underneath the existing railroad spur to tie in the drainage into the basin in order to maintain the requirements and obtain wetland permits.  The last item was the NJ Turnpike.  They issued a letter and the applicant has gone through and addressed their comments from the Turnpike’s letter. 

 

The applicant was requesting a waiver from section 150-61.E(10) for allowing high density polyethylene pipe to be used in lieu of concrete pipe on-site.    They would continue to use concrete pipe within the Middlesex County right-of-way and also within the Township’s Liberty Way right-of-way.  They would only be using the polyethylene pipe

 

They are requesting a waiver from 150-89.F(33) in regards to percolation tests and soil logs for septic systems.  They do not require that since they have a gravity sewer, which they would be connecting too.  Also, 150-89.G(36) for percolation tests and septic systems.

 

The next waiver was for Section 150-57D(2) (a) to allow landscaping berms to exceed 8 ft in height and the average height of 5 ft.  These were for the berms along Station Road and Liberty Way.  They were requesting a waiver from Section 150-43.B(4)(a) to allow off street loading area between the front of proposed building #2 and existing building number on and to the Station Road right-of-way. 

 

They were requesting a waiver from Section 150-43.A(4) to allow parking and loading to be located the front building line and the street line.  The last waiver was from Section 150-43.A(1) to allow the 64 additional parking spaces to be constructed on an if necessary basis in order to comply with the 213 parking spaces as per the ordinance.

 

Ms. Marcelli asked whether they felt that they had a balanced site since they did not make a request for additional soil import or export.  Mr. Caballero answered that they felt it was a balanced site.  She asked if they could explain the phasing and demolition.  Mr. Caballero did so.

 

Andrew Kolb, Vice President for Development with Prologis.  Mr. Speer asked what the recourse.  He also asked about Phase 1 and the berms in front of Building 1 as part of Phase 1.  You told us before that design of those berms had been changed and approved due to the applicant taking out the parking in front of building #1, so was the applicant removing the parking and build the approved berms.

 

Mr. Caballero said the berms would be construction in accordance with the final plan.

 

Karl Pehnke, sworn and accepted as a professional in his field of traffic.  He referred to his October 9, 2006 report submitted prior to the board as part of the application.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

 

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

 

                        I, Undersigned, do hereby certify;

 

                        That I am duly elected and acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Planning Board and, that the foregoing minutes of the Planning Board, held on November 2, 2006, consisting of 5 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.

 

                        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name of said Planning Board this February 1, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                        Josette C. Kratz, Secretary

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