Planning Board minutes – February 12, 2013

PLANNING BOARD

City of Bayonne

Minutes of Regular Meeting

February 12, 2013

 

 

            THE REGULAR MEETING of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in the Dorothy E. Harrington Municipal Council Chambers, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne, New Jersey.          

            Chairman Garelick called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Chairman Garelick advised that the Board has complied with the Open Public Meetings Act/Sunshine Law.

            Secretary Lotosky called the roll.  Present at the meeting were Chairman Garelick, Commissioners Chmielewski, Lotosky, Mulcahy, Rodriguez, Fares and Fiermonte.  Mayor Smith and Commissioner Czerwienski were absent. 

            Also present were John D. Fussa, P.P., City Planner, Richard N. Campisano, Esq., Board Counsel and Lillian Glazewski Land Use Administrator. 

            Adoption of Minutes

            Commissioner Chmielewski made a motion to adopt the minutes of the special meeting held on January 8, 2012.  Commissioner Lotosky seconded the motion and a unanimous vote of eligible members followed.

            Communications:

            None

            Public Hearing:

Z-12-016 NOREEN BEDNARCZYK, Site: 85 West 4th Street in City Block 338, Lot 10.

[The applicant is seeking site plan approval and bulk variance relief to allow the construction of a carport at the site.]

 Noreen Bednarczyk, applicant, appeared before the Board pro se.  Ms. Bednarczyk relied upon her architect/planner, Al Sambade, P.P., AIA to provide expert testimony.

Witness:

Al Sambade, P.P., AIA, was sworn to provide expert testimony in support of Ms. Bednarczyk’s application.  Mr. Sambade offered the applicant’s exhibits into evidence and testified that he prepared the site plan for this application.  Mr. Sambade proceeded to describe the site and the proposed carport.

            Board questions

            Commissioners Lotosky and Chmielewski questioned Mr. Sambade.

            Audience questions

            There were no questions from the general public.

            Closing Statements

            Mr. Sambade respectfully requested the Board approve the applicant’s application.

            There were no closing remarks from anyone in the audience.

Caucus:

            Chairman Garelick made a motion to approve the application and Commissioner Fares seconded the motion.  A unanimous vote followed.

            Public Hearing

            P-12-013 GOLDEN ARROW PROPERTIES, LLC, Site 1037-1041 Broadway in City Block 45, Lot 20.  [The applicant is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval and bulk variance relief to allow the construction of a parking lot at the site.]

             William M. Feinberg, Esq., attorney for the applicant, gave a brief opening statement.  Mr. Feinberg described the property and surrounding area.  He explained that the applicant paved the lot without receiving permits or permission from the City Zoning Office to do so.  The applicant was fined and advised by the City that a permit is required for the work being done and that certain standards are to be followed for the proposed use.  The applicant was also advised that they did not meet the Building Code requirements.  Mr. Feinberg said that the applicant is requesting permission to remove the blacktop and proceed with what the City code requires to have the parking lot.  The parking lot would provide customers with a convenient place to park off of the main street.  Mr. Feinberg entered his exhibits into evidence and called his first witness.

Witness:

            Jin Chin, a part owner of the business was called to provide factual testimony.  Mr. Chin described the property and the tenants of property.  Mr. Chin provided information about the store use, number of employees and how the employees come to the store.

            Board questions:

            Chairman Garelick, John D. Fussa, P.P., City Planner and Antonios Panagopoulos, P.E., Consulting Engineer questioned Mr. Chin.

            Audience questions

            There were no questions from the general public.

            Witness:

            Al Sambade, P.P., P.E., A.I.A. was sworn to provide expert testimony.  Mr. Sambade described the property, the access to the proposed parking lot, the proposed landscaping and buffers, fencing, the right-of-way improvements and he addressed the requested variances.  He said that the applicant is requesting a waiver for the street trees and that the only variance left is a curb cut variance.  Mr. Sambade addressed the City Planner and Consulting Engineer’s comments and suggestions.

            Board questions:

            Chairman Garelick and John D. Fussa, P.P., City Planner questioned Mr. Sambade.

  Audience questions:

            There were no questions from the general public.

Closing remarks:

            Mr. Feinberg gave a brief closing statement and respectfully requested the Board approve the application.

            Public Closing Statements

            There were no closing statements from the general public.

            Commissioner Fares made a motion to approve the application subject to the conditions spread across the record.  Commissioner Chmielewski seconded the motion and a unanimous vote followed. 

            Adoption of Resolutions:

  • P-12-018 – 202-208 Avenue A, LLC – Site: 202-208 Avenue A in City Block 290, Lot 22.

 Commissioner Chmielewski made a motion to adopt the resolution and Commissioner Mulcahy seconded the motion.  A unanimous vote followed.

             There being no further business, a motion was made to close the meeting at 7:25 p.m.

Susan Bischoff, Certified Shorthand Reporter, 449 Columbia Boulevard, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 took a transcript of the meeting.

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