Township of Fredon
Land Use Board Meeting Minutes

LAND USE BOARD MEETING
Meeting Minutes
October 16, 2017
DRAFT

MEMBERS PRESENT: Boland, Boyle, Lazzaro, Holenstein, Masi, Prommel, Richardson, Wilcox

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Andrews, Heine, Rome

Mr. Masi called the meeting to order at 7:01 P. M. with the statement that this meeting is in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, Public Law 1975, Chapter 231, Sections 4 and 13, as advertised by Annual Notice.  If the applicant is a partnership or corporation, an attorney must represent it.  No new applications will be heard after 10:00 P. M.  No new testimony will be heard after 11:00 P. M.

Mr. Masi invited all present to participate in the salute to the flag.

MINUTES
Mrs. Prommel moved acceptance of the minutes for the August 16, 2017 meeting as posted and waived reading.  Mr. Boland second.  Roll call vote: In favor: Boland, Boyle, Lazzaro, Holenstein, Masi, Prommel, and Richardson. Opposed, none. Abstain: Wilcox. So moved.

CORRESPONDENCE
As shown on the attached agenda.

RESOLUTIONS
Mr. Boland signed a certification that he had listened to a recording of the August 21, 2017 meeting thus being eligible to vote.

Ryan Application# 511-2017 “C” Variance Block 1001 Lot 15.61
Mr. Richardson motioned to approve the Resolution for bulk variance as decided upon by the board at the August 21, 2017 meeting.  Mr. Holenstein second.  Roll call vote: In favor: Boland, Boyle, Lazzaro, Holenstein, Masi, Prommel, and Richardson. Opposed, none. Abstain: Wilcox. So moved.

HEARING OF NEW CASES
None

ADJOURNED CASES
None

OTHER BUSINESS
New Fredon resident Linette Benes introduced herself, asked about eligibility of Land Use Board members and about the Board’s general procedures.

A new board member application, submitted by Marie Erb, was reviewed and accepted.

LIAISON REPORTS
Township Committee
Mr. Richardson reported that the Tax Assessor had resigned and a new assessor had started. Also, a few residents have come before the Township Committee about bus stop issues at the Waterfall Ridge development.

Environmental Committee
Mr. Boyle reported that no meeting had been held.

There being no further business before the Board, Mr. Lazzaro made a motion to adjourn at 7:18 P. M.  Mr. Richardson second.  All in favor.  So moved.
 

Respectfully submitted,
 

Suzanne Boland
Land Use Board Secretary







































LAND USE BOARD MEETING
Meeting Minutes
November 20, 2017
DRAFT

MEMBERS PRESENT: Andrews, Benes, Boland, Boyle, Erb, Holenstein, Lazzaro, Masi, Prommel, Richardson

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Heine, Rome, Wilcox

Mr. Masi called the meeting to order at 7:01 P. M. with the statement that this meeting is in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, Public Law 1975, Chapter 231, Sections 4 and 13, as advertised by Annual Notice.  If the applicant is a partnership or corporation, an attorney must represent it.  No new applications will be heard after 10:00 P. M.  No new testimony will be heard after 11:00 P. M.

Mr. Masi invited all present to participate in the salute to the flag.

New members, Ms. Benes and Ms. Erb were sworn in at this time.

MINUTES
Mr. Boland moved acceptance of the minutes for the October 16,2017  meeting as posted and waived reading.  Ms. Prommel second.  Roll call vote: In favor:  Boland, Boyle,  Holenstein, Masi, Prommel, and Richardson.  Opposed, none.  So moved.

CORRESPONDENCE
As shown on the attached agenda.

RESOLUTIONS
None

ADJOURNED CASES
None

HEARING OF NEW CASES
None

OTHER BUSINESS
Informal Discussion East Coast Equine Block 1807 Lot 6 – Dr. Paul Zimprich DMV and Jill Zimprich and Chris Kastrud of Kastrud Engineering, LLC

Dr. Paul and Jill Zimprich own East Coast Equine Veterinary Service. They are working with the Fredon Township Committee to buy Block 1807 Lot 6 in order to build a facility for therapeutic equine care, monitoring and soft tissue surgery. They have 10 employees who go in and out through the day as needed. They would have regular hours 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday and 8 A.M.- – 12 noon on Saturday. All emergencies are point of care, so there would not be traffic during the night. The business vehicles used are pickup trucks with boxes. They believe the property is perfectly suited because their plan is low impact to the area, fits between the conservation areas, and is easily accessible to Route 94 and there is a buffer from what was the golf course fairways between the facility and the condo units on Troon Drive and on the opposite side of the facility and Route 94. Mr. Masi asked how many horses would be on site. The idea is for a building 5 to 6 stalls for patients with access on Fredon Greendell Road. Ms. Prommel asked about the barn to the east of the veterinary facility. Dr. Zimprich said the intended purpose was for 2 or 3 personal horses.

Ms. Benes asked if they intended to board horses; Dr. Zimprich replied no.

Mr. Kastrud said that the use does not fit into the zoning and asked if a use variance would be the next step or if the Town would change the zoning. They have met with the NJDEP who have verbally raised no objection to the use. There is a portion of the lot that needs to be returned to wetlands natural state because the original golf course developer encroached on the boundaries.

Ms. Holenstein asked about fencing. Dr. Zimprich said they were deliberating on what area to fence if it will be perimeter fencing or a smaller area.

Mr. Richardson asked if the cart path would remain in place for access by emergency vehicles. Yes it will be but intended use is for UTVs.

Ms. Prommel asked about waste disposal and concern about the proximity to the Bear Brook well and the condo units of Troon Drive. Ms. Zimprich answered because of the buffers they believe the only option is dumpster removal. Mr. Kastrud said the fairways are between the proposed facility and both the well and the condo units so there would be little to  no impact.

Mr. Andrews arrived at 7:33 P.M..

Mr. Masi asked about the total lot size and how much the facility would impact to ensure the zone of horse/per acre ordinance would not be a problem.

Ms. Prommel asked about irrigation, the Bear Brook water treatment system and hooking to Aqua’s water and treatment systems. Mr. Kastrud said they know they will have to address this but have not come up with a plan yet since Aqua has been non-responsive.

Ms. Prommel asked if the homeowners association has been notified. Dr. Zimprich said yes and they are supportive of the project and the maintenance they have done so far.

Ms. Prommel asked about the use of the building shown on the concept plasn. The riding ring is for personal use. The approximately 120,000 sf main building will have an indoor ring for patients, 2 labs, a pharmacy, exam rooms, holding stalls, lobby and offices.

Mr. Lazzaro arrived at 7:45 P.M..

Mr. Boland asked when a full Land Use Board application should be expected. Dr. Zimprich replied early 2018. In response to Mr. Boland’s question, Mr. Richardson stated the Township Committee is on board with the proposed facility.

Ms. Holenstein asked for clarification on the use because the project as explained thus far would not qualify for farmland. If they intended to have breeding etc. they could skip the Land Use Board and go to the Ag. Board.

Dr. Zimprich stated their intention was to improve the area aesthetically and keep residents happy. Ms. Zimprich said they want to facility to match the Bear Brook development ie lighting etc. Mr. Masi stated the board is supportive of the mutually beneficial concept.

Dr. and Ms. Zimprich and Mr. Kastrud left the meeting.

Ms. Prommel asked about for a discussion about changing the zoning. Ms. Benes stated she would be in favor of a use variance instead of a zoning change would give the board some control over the property. Other board members agreed.

PUBLIC PORTION
No members of the public were present.

LIAISON REPORTS
Township Committee
Mr. Richardson welcomed new board members Ms. Benes and Ms. Erb. Two new residents signed up for the Rec Committee so vacancies are being filled. He reported the Committee had granted a 3 year recycling contract to Blue Diamond. The computer backup system will be updated. Fredon School budget is being put together includes $750k to capital improvement fund including an emergency generator. The school is a Red Cross shelter.

Environmental Committee
Mr. Boyle report there was no meeting.
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There being no further business before the Board, Mr. Richardson made a motion to adjourn at  8:05 P. M.  Ms. Prommel second.  All in favor.  So moved.

Respectfully submitted,

Suzanne Boland
Land Use Board Secretary