September 26, 2022 – Regular Meeting

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September 26, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE Stillwater Township Zoning Board of Adjustment was held on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 7:30 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. Kochenthal, Mrs. Draghi, Ms. Mountford (arriving at 7:42 p.m. ), Mr. Wykoff, and Mr. Sarni.

MEMBER ABSENT:       Mr. van der Haeghen

ALSO PRESENT:            Board Attorney Haggerty and Board Engineer Golden


Mrs. Draghi made the motion to approve the minutes of August 22, 2022, seconded by Mr. Kochenthal. Roll call vote in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, Mr. Wykoff-Abstain, Mr. Sarni-Yes, and Mrs. Draghi-Yes.


   #627    Bill & Donna Urban, Block 3804, Lot 2.01

Mr. Golden reviewed his report of 9-23-22 and he recommended that the application be deemed complete.

Mr. Kochenthal made the motion to deed the application complete.  Motion seconded by Mr. Sarni.  Roll call vote in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, Mr. Wykoff-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, and Mrs. Draghi-Yes.

   #628    Alexander Fisher, Block 2401, Lot 53

   Mr. Golden reviewed his report of 9-23-22 and he had many questions in regards to the submission, which was reviewed with Mr. Fisher and the Board at great length.  Ms. Mountford arrived. It was agreed to have Mr. Golden work with Mr. Fisher to provide guidance on the submission.

Mrs. Draghi made the motion to deem the application incomplete and have Mr. Golden work with the Applicant.  Motion seconded by Mr. Kochenthal.  Roll call vote in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Abstain, Mr. Wykoff-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, and Mrs. Draghi-Yes.

Mr. Morgenstern reviewed the planning variance necessary due to the home being on a private road and Ms. Schemm stated that she will scan and email the Sussex County Certificate of Compliance.


   #624   Skylands 10x LLC, Block 310, Lot 16

Frank McGovern, Esq. was present on behalf of the Applicant and he provided an overview of the proposed expansion of the existing house. Adrian Kierans was sworn in and he stated that he is one of the principals of Skylands 10x LLC.  He went on to describe the expansion/renovation proposal.  He stated that the structural report states that the structure is repairable and structurally sound and the well and septic are ok.  He then went on describe the photographs that were submitted with the application, which were marked as Exhibits:

A-1   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-2   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-3   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-4   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-5   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-6   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-7   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-8   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-9   2 Photographs dated 2022

A-10   Deed from 2021

A-11   Location Survey

A-12   Survey Plan dated 8-16-21

A-13   Architectural Drawings.

Mr.  Kierans continued to review and describe the proposal, which was reviewed with the Board.

  1. L. Worley was sworn in and he provided his qualifications as a surveyor. He stated that he

prepared the drawings and the following were submitted and marked as Exhibits:

A-14  Survey, dated 7-12-21

A-15  Photograph of property

A-16  Photograph of property

A-17  Photograph of Lot 14

A-18   Wade Wander report, dated 9-26-22

A-19   Topography

Mr. Worley went on to describe/review the proposal, the variances being requested, the neighborhood homes and their sizes, the wetlands, and slopes.

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

Mr. Haggerty summarized the proposal.  Mr. Golden stated that his questions have been addressed.

Mr. Sarni made the motion to grant the relief as requested/presented this evening.  Motion seconded Mrs. Draghi. Roll call vote in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, Mr. Wykoff-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, and Mrs. Draghi-Yes.


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

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Burke                                    156.75

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  General                                 140.25

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  First Presbyterian Church      99.00

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Skylands                                 66.00

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Lambrecht                              49.50

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  General                                 343.75

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Lotus Way                              33.00

Dolan & Dolan              Re:  Urban                                      49.50

Roll call vote in favor: Mr. Lippencott-Yes, Mr. Wykoff-Yes, Ms. Mountford-Yes, Mr. Kochenthal-Yes, Mr. Sarni-Yes, and Mrs. Draghi-Yes.


   Planning Board Update

   Ms. Mountford commented on her conversation with the Planning Board and economic development.  The Board discussed the process in the Master Plan development, the roles of the Boards, and the ordinances that are adopted.    Ms. Mountford also brought up the Fredon Policy/Ordinance.  The Board then discussed the Engineer RFP.


Chairman Lippencott opened the meeting to the public at 9:00 p.m. With there being no public comment, the meeting was closed to the public.


Ms. Chammings was in attendance and she reported on: short term rentals, 947 A Old Schoolhouse Road, tax liens, Sussex County Day, Stormwater Management, ordinances, resignations and hiring, noise, recreation programs and summer camps, and the disposal of spent BioChar and the model ordinance.  Ms. Mountford also commented on the Sparta warehouse proposal.


With there being no further business, a motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:10  p.m.  In a voice vote, all were in favor.


Respectfully submitted,

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Alfia Schemm, Board Secretary                                        George Lippencott, Chairman

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