STILLWATER TOWNSHIP

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

July 26, 2021

A regular meeting of the Stillwater Township Zoning Board of Adjustment was held on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 7:31 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lippencott in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.   The flag was saluted and roll call taken:

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Mr. Lippencott, Mr. van der Haeghen, Mr. Sarni, Mr. Straub, Ms.

Mountford, and Mr. Kochenthal

MEMBERS ABSENT:     Mrs. Draghi and Mr. Wykoff

ALSO PRESENT:            Board Attorney Haggerty and Board Engineer/Planner Golden.

MINUTES:

Mr. van der Haeghen made the motion to approve the minutes of May 24, 2021, seconded by Mr. Kochenthal.  Roll call vote, in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, Mr. Straub-Abstain, Mr. Sarni-Abstain,  Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, and Mr. van der Haeghen-Yes

COMPLTENESS:

   #612   Brandon Morgan, Block 1801, Lot 35-Variance Application

  The Board reviewed the June 20th report of Board Engineer Golden and he recommended that the application be deemed complete.

Mr. van der Haeghen made the motion to deem the application complete.  Motion seconded by Ms. Mountford. Roll call vote, in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, Mr. Straub-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, and Mr. van der Haeghen-Yes

  #613   Nicholas & Devin Stolzenberg, Block 1605, Lot 2.12-Variance Application

   The Board reviewed the July 25th report of Board Engineer Golden and he recommended that the application be deemed complete.  It was suggested that the location of the detached garage be reviewed to see if there is a more suitable location.

Mr. Struab made the motion to deem the application complete.  Motion seconded by Mr. Kochenthal.

Roll call vote, in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, Mr. Straub-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, and Mr. van der Haeghen-Yes

A hearing will be scheduled for the August 23rd Board Meeting.

HEARING:   

   #612   Brandon Morgan, Block 1801, Lot 35-Variance Application

Brandon Morgan was sworn in and he described his request to construct a pole barn that is larger and higher in height than what is permitted by Ordinance.  He stated that he has a smaller home and he needs the height to accommodate a lift to work on his vehicles and the extra space for storage.  It was determined that a “C” variance required for the height variance and not a “D” variance.  Mr. Morgan acknowledged that his property is accessed through an easement.

The hearing was open to the public.  With there being no public comment, the hearing was closed to the public.

Mr. van der Haeghen made the motion to grant the application.  Motion seconded by Mr. Sarni.

Roll call vote, in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, Mr. Straub-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, and Mr. van der Haeghen-Yes

Mr. Morgan stated that he would like to commence construction as soon as possible and he would like to waive his right to the adoption of the Resolution.

Mr. van der Haeghen made the motion to waive the adoption of the Resolution, so that Mr. Morgan can begin to pull building permits.  Motion seconded by Mr. Kochenthal.   Roll call vote, in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, Mr. Straub-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, and Mr. van der Haeghen-Yes

 BILLS:

Ms. Mountford made the motion to pay the following bills, seconded by Ms. Mountford.

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Newhouse                      33.00

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Morgan                          74.25

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Newhouse                      99.00

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  General                        325.00

Golden                           Re:  General                        110.00

Golden                           Re:  Newhouse                    110.00

Roll call vote, in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, Mr. Straub-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, and Mr. van der Haeghen-Yes

CORRESPONDENCE:

NJ Planner

 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

Chairman Lippencott opened the meeting to the public at 8:00 p.m. With there being no public comment, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:00 p.m.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Ms. Mountford made a few suggestions in regards to making the application process a smoother process, which the Board will take into consideration.

 COMMITEE LIASON REPORT:

Mayor Chammings then updated the Board on the following: Capital Ordinance, Fire Apparatus, public sale of properties, new Zoning Officer, Planet Network, and the Gallagher property.

 ADJOURNMENT:

With there being no further business, a motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at

8:14 p.m.  In a voice vote, all were in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

_________________________________            _______________________________

Alfia Schemm, Board Secretary                                        George Lippencott, Chairman

7/21/21

 

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