MINUTES

OF THE

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

 

            The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Zoning Board of Adjustment was held at the Township Hall (Old School Building) Main Meeting Room, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey, on January 3, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

            Josette C. Kratz, Secretary, of the Cranbury Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman until appointment was made.

 

 

STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE

 

            Pursuant of the Sunshine Law adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act was provided of this meeting’s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township’s Bulletin Board, mailed to those requesting personal notice, and filed with the municipal clerk.

 

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

 

Mr. Gerberich, Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

 

 

PROFESSIONALS IN ATTENDANCE

 

Mr. Mr. Steven Goodell, Esquire, Zoning Board Attorney; Virginia Guinta, Court Reporter; Josette C. Kratz, Board Secretary

 

 


NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS/APPOINTMENTS

 

Chairperson

 

The floor was opened for nominations for Chairperson.  Mr. Shea nominated Mr. Smith.  Ms. Kemp seconded the nomination.

 

VOTE ROLL CALL

 

              AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

         ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

Vice Chairperson

 

The floor was opened for the nominations for Vice Chairperson.  Ms. Kemp nominated Mr. Shea.  Mr. Gerberich seconded the nomination.

 

VOTE ROLL CALL

 

              AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

         ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

Board Secretary/Administrative Officer (Appointment and Resolution)

 

The floor was opened for the nomination for Board Secretary.  Mr. Shea nominated Ms. Kratz.   Mr. Gerberich seconded the motion.

 

VOTE ROLL CALL

 

              AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

         ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 


Board Attorney (Appointment and Resolution)

 

The floor was opened for the nomination for Mr. Steven Goodell as Board Attorney.  Ms. Kemp nominated Mr. Green.  Mr. Shea seconded the nomination.

 

VOTE ROLL CALL

 

              AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

         ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

Court Reporter (Appointment and Resolution)

 

The floor was opened for the nomination for Court Reporter.  Ms. Kemp nominated Virginia Guinta.  Mr. Shea seconded the motion.

 

VOTE ROLL CALL

 

              AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

         ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

ZBA Representative to the Development Review Committee

 

The floor was opened for the nomination for a DRC member. Ms. Kemp nominated Mr. Shea.  Mr. Gerberich seconded the nomination.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

2006 Calendar Year Approval and Resolution

2006 Notice of Meetings and Fees Approval and Resolution

 

Resolutions approving the Calendar of Meeting Dates for 2006, Official Notice for Meetings in Cranbury Press upon and motion duly made and seconded was approved.

 

 


RESOLUTIONS

 

ZBA 123-06      David & Pamela Mayers

                        Block 20.02, Lot 8, Zone RLD-1

                        6 Scottsdale Court

                        Fence Variance

 

Mr. Shea motioned for approval.  Mr. Gerberich seconded the motion.

 

VOTE ROLL CALL

 

              AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Mr. Shea

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Smith

         ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

APPLICATIONS

 

ZBA 123-06     

                        Block 20.02, Lot 8, Zone RLD-1

                        6 Scottsdale Court

                        Fence Variance

 

REPRESENTATIVES: David & Pamela Mayers, Owners

 

EXHIBITS A, B & C    Photographs of the property

 

Mr. Goodell swore in David & Pamela Mayers.  Along the one side the want to put up a privacy fence.  Their property has five places where it faces the/a road.  Where they have the children swing set they didn’t wan to see all the cement trucks and other trucks driving down Old Trenton Road.  It is next to the neighbor’s lot along the driveway.  Their lot was considered a through lot which had neither a true front yard nor rear yard.  She said that 90% of her yard wherever one stands one can see Old Trenton Road.  Old Trenton Road is a very busy road.  There have been meetings with the Township directing the traffic issue.

 

There were no public comments made.

 

Applicant was willing to install landscaping.  The corner that was the most far-existing towards the Old Trenton Road side they would put arborvitae, possible (6) six.  Mr. Smith felt that would be appropriate, and stated five with the emphasis on Trenton Roadside of the extension of the fence.  That would allow the applicant to move them around (maybe 2 here and 3 there) or evening spacing them.

 

Mr. Smith felt hat the fact that this is only for the extent that the owners are greatest impacted, the neighbors conceded to this, they limited the length could be worked into the resolution.

 

The straw vote was in favor of the approval of the application.

 

There would be five arborvitae strategically placed to buffer the view of the fence from Old Trenton Road and Minimal height of four (4) feet.

 

Mr. Shea motioned for the approval of the application as noted.  Mr. Lehr seconded the motion.

 

VOTE ROLL CALL

 

              AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Ms. Kemp, Mr. Lehr, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

         ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert, Mr. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Mr. Smith announced that the members needed to go for their mandatory member training.  Mr. Smith also asked Mr. Goodell if he would do an in-house training session.  Mr. Goodell agreed he would.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

 

            There being no further business, on a motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned 8:30 p.m.

 

 

CERTIFICTATE OF SECRETARY

 

            I, undersigned, do herby certify; that I am duly elected and acting secretary of the Cranbury Township and, that the foregoing minutes of the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, held on January 3, 2007, comprised of 12 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 this March 7, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Josette C. Kratz, CPS

 

/jck