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 February 8, 2006, at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

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.

 

 

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, Mr. G. Johnson, Mr. R. Johnson, Ms. Kemp, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

 

 

PROFESSIONALS IN ATTENDANCE

 

Mr. Jeffrey Green, Esquire, Zoning Board Attorney; Josette C. Kratz, Board Secretary

 

 

APPLICATIONS

 

ZBA 105-06    John and Virginia Ritter

Block 28, Lot 18.01

101 Plainsboro Road

Bulk Variance for Addition

 

REPRESENTATIVES:            John & Virginia Ritter, Applicant

                                                Harry Williams, Architect

                                                Larry Benz, Landscape Architect

 

The applicant and their professionals were sworn

 

The Ritters have residence in there home since 1984.  Looking to landscape yard, add a porch to enjoy the landscaping and add a multipurpose room.  In the even they are no longer able to use the second floor they would convert the multipurpose room into a bedroom.

 

They seek a side yard variance.  The existing side yard is more than twelve feet at the moment at eighteen feet (18 ft would be reduced to 7.5 ft).  They received HPAC approval. 

 

There were members of the public that spoke.

 

Mr. R. Johnson commented with the sloped roof and the balance of the house.  Regarding the front elevation and considering putting a window to break up the mass.  The applicant did not want that because it would be the only wall to place a TV.

 

The straw vote was found favorable.

 

The landscaping plan as Exhibit A-1 would be part of the file and remain in connection with the resolution.

 

Mr. R. Johnson motioned for the approval of the application and resolution as read by Mr. Green.  Ms. Kemp seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

AYES: Mr. Gerberich, Mr. R. Johnson, Ms. Kemp, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

NAYS: None

ABSTAIN: None

ABSENT: Mr. Hebert

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

 

 

ZBA 100-05    Donald & Mary Hess

Block 11, Lot 16

120 South Main Street

Use Variance Pre-existing Non-existing and Bulk Variance

 

RESPRESENTATIVES:          Donald & Mary Hess, Applicants

                                                Jeffrey Brown, Engineer

                                                Jim Hutchinson, Attorney

 

All were sworn.  Mr. Hutchinson explained that this was a replacement of an existing home that burnt with a one-story structure with no basement for a residence in a commercial zone requiring a use variance.  The property was approximately .75 ac.  Five acres was the minimum allowed in the zone.  They would need variance for the already pre-existing conditions.  The trailer would be removed after construction.  The square footage on the existing was 1083 SF (but there was also a second floor) and the proposed 1432 SF single story.  Basement would become a crawlspace.  One-story was to accommodate the handicap situation of the owner.

 

There were no public present to comment.

 

The straw vote was found favorable.

 

Mr. R. Johnson motioned for the approval of the application and resolution as read by Mr. Green.  Mr. Shea seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

             AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Mr. R. Johnson, Ms. Kemp, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

        ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

ZBA 273-96    The Cranbury Inn

Block 35, Lot 7.01

South Main Street

Site Plan & Amended Use Variance

 

Mr. R. Johnson had several comments/changes regarding the resolution.   Mr. Smith delayed further discussion of this until after the other agenda items were considered.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

             AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Mr. G. Johnson, Mr. R. Johnson, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

        ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

CLOSED/EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Ms. Kratz read the resolution to go into closed session as follows:

 

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS: N.J.S. 2:4-12. Open Public Meetings Act, permits the exclusion of the public from a meeting in certain circumstances; and

WHEREAS, this public body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist;

 

NOW, THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Township of Cranbury County of Middlesex Station of New Jersey, as follows:

 

1.      The public shall be excluded from discussion of the hereinafter specified subject matters.

 

2.      The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is to discuss the replacement of the Zoning Board Attorney.

 

3.      It is anticipated at this time that the above matter will be made public upon completion of the litigation, including any appeals.

 

4.      This resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

 

OPEN SESSION

 

Mr. R. Johnson motioned for the appointment of Steven Goodell, Esquire as the new Zoning Board Attorney.  Mr. Shea seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

             AYES:      Mr. Gerberich, Mr. G. Johnson, Mr. R. Johnson, Ms. Kemp, Mr. McCarville, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Shea, Mr. Smith

             NAYS:      None

       ABSTAIN:      None

        ABSENT:      Mr. Hebert

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

 

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

 

 

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 February 8, 2006, 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 June 7, 2006.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Josette C. Kratz, CPS

 

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