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 May 3, 2006, at 7:30 p.m.





Dale Smith, Chairperson, of the Cranbury Township Planning Board, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and, Josette C. Kratz acted as Secretary of the meeting.





            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.





Alain Hebert, Glenn Johnson, Richard Johnson, Adrienne Kemp, Matthew McCarville, Donald Patterson, Dale Smith





Steven Goodell, Esquire, Zoning Board of Adjustment; Virginia Guinta, Court Reporter; Josette C. Kratz, ZBA Secretary; Cathleen Marcelli, Township Engineer; Richard Preiss, Township Planner


Mr. Smith introduced Mr. Steven Goodell as the new Zoning Board Attorney.







Meeting Date Changes to 2006 Schedule


Matthew McCarville motioned for the approval of the resolution of calendar dates changes from the second Wednesday of the month to the first Wednesday of the month.  Adrienne Kemp seconded the motion.  The Board approved the resolution unanimously.





ZBA 113-06                Donald F. Herr

                                    Block 31, Lot 4

                                    27 Maplewood Avenue

                                    Change in Use Variance


REPRESENTATIVES:            Donald Herr, Applicant

D. Samone, Physical Trainer


Adrienne Kemp was within 200 ft of the applicant and recused herself from the application.


Proper notice was given and the Board had jurisdiction to hear the matter.  Mr. Herr was sworn.


Mr. Herr explained that Mr.  D. Samone, a Physical Trainer, would like to rent the building to train one-on-one for physical therapy training.  Generally the hours for be 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the bulk 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  He will occupy the front left area, about 800 SF, 20’ x 40’.  Equipment does not generate noise.


Applicant wanted a little flexibility that if there was a change for another low-key business that he didn’t have to come back before the Board.


Richard Johnson motioned for the approval of this application as follows:


1.                  Massage Parlor and Personal/Physical Trainer; and

2.                  Maximum of two employees; and

3.                  6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and

4.                  This would be in addition to the existing permitted uses; and

5.                  Sign must conform to the ordinance requirements; and

6.                  Dumpster must comply to ordinance requirements and subject to approval of the Township Engineer; and

7.                  No group sessions other than couples.


Adrienne Kemp seconded the motion.




          AYES:   Alain Hebert, Glenn Johnson, Richard Johnson, Adrienne Kemp, Matthew McCarville, Donald Patterson, Dale Smith

          NAYS:   None

    ABSTAIN:   None

     ABSENT:   James Gerberich, Frank Shea







ZBA 102-05                Rajesh Wadhwa

                                    Block 18.02, Lot 4, Zone V-HR

                                    2709 Route 130 South

                                    Use Variance, Bulk Variance, Preliminary & Final Site Plan


REPRESENTATIVES:            Donald S. Driggers, Esquire

                                                Rajesh Wadhwa, Applicant

                                                Carl Stover, Architect

                                                Mike Mueller, Planner


Mr. Driggers explained that this application was for a use variance to convert a small manufacturing facility into a medical office and also request preliminary and final site approval for the building in question.  The building is located on the westerly side of Route 130, South of Cranbury Station Road.  As part of the site plan they propose to add a small addition to the building in question.  There will only be 14 parking spaces. 


Applicant and applicant’s professionals were sworn.  Township’s professionals were sworn.


EXHIBIT A-1               The six-page site plan as submitted

EXHIBIT A-2               Mike Mueller, Planner Report

EXHIBIT A-3 to A-14   Color Photographs of Property


Mr. Wadhwa said that he was tired of the commute to Newark and wanted to open his own practice.  He hoped to be the only physician, one medical assistance, and maybe another.  Hours would normally be 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through to Saturday.


Ms. Kemp asked about whether there would be a nurse.  It seemed like a lot of examining rooms for only one doctor.  Mr. Wadhwa explained that one room would be a procedure room for stitches, etc. 


There was a question from the public as to whether the applicant would consider fencing along the rear of the property, such as a stockade or board-on-board.  There was no objection.  Ms. Marcelli wanted to know the size and height since it may require a variance.  Mr. Smith mentioned 6 ft high along the property line to the back corner of the building. 


Mr. Smith said that although there was a lot of landscaping in the back there was significant gaps of arborvitae.  He suggested planting between the arborvitae.







Richard Johnson motioned for the approval of this application as follows:


1.                  Use Variance for a small general practice medical office; and

2.                  Documents to be sent to Ms. Kratz and the Environmental Commission for review and recommendations; and

3.                  Hours 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through to Saturday

4.                  Fence variance; and

5.                  Waivers as requested; and

6.                  Lighting in the parking lot less than 5 foot candles; and

7.                  The existing siding would be brick look painted red with grey mortar, designed to match the addition; and

8.                  Install additional screening in the rear to the south and west to be approved by the landscape engineer; and

9.                  Fencing along the south and west property lines to extend no closer than 40 ft to Route 130, board-on-board, 6 ft high, to be installed within 30-days from the start of construction; and

10.              Light poles will be no high than 30 feet and will not be on when building is not occupied, except for security.  Light will be off by 9:00 p.m.; and

11.              If dumpster is installed it will be installed in accordance with the ordinance and approved by the Township Engineer; and

12.              Compliance with all comments of Township professional’s reports; and

13.       Gable ends material was not indicated on the architectural.  Gable ends and facing on dormers would be horizontal siding of hardy plank, fiber cement or vinyl.


Donald Patterson seconded the motion.




          AYES:   Alain Hebert, Glenn Johnson, Richard Johnson, Adrienne Kemp, Matthew McCarville, Donald Patterson, Dale Smith

          NAYS:   None

    ABSTAIN:   None

     ABSENT:   Jim Gerberich, Frank Shea







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




            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 May 3, 2006, comprised 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 this October 4, 2006.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Josette C. Kratz, CPS