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June 23, 2011: Planning Commission
AGENDA:

 
To meet in Regular Session on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road. Mayor Joseph M. Cicero, Jr., presiding.
 
Members:
Commissioners: V F DeCrane, R S Febo, D J Sirk, J M Cicero, P A Ward
 
Others: P T Murphy, Director of Law; T P Kunz, Building Commissioner; C J White, Secretary
 
Minutes:
 
Approve minutes of the Special Meeting held April 7, 2011.
 
Acacia Country Club Estates Cluster Housing Development:
 
Review request of Mr. Joseph Aveni, to amend the final plan of development under 1161.09, Amendment to Plans, of the Planning and Zoning Code.
 
River Creek Cluster Housing Development:
 
Review request of Mr. Ron Fisher to amend the final plan of development under 1161.09, Amendment to Plans, of the Planning and Zoning Code.
 
June 23, 2011: Planning Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Planning Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Regular Session on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road.
 
Members Present:
Commissioners: V F DeCrane, R S Febo, D J Sirk, P A Ward
 
Others Present: P T Murphy, Director of Law; L Puskas, Building Inspector; L A Schlessel, Vice Mayor; C J White, Secretary
 
It was moved by Mr. DeCrane, seconded by Mr. Sirk that the reading of the minutes of the Special Meeting held April 7, 2011, copies of which were mailed to all members, be dispensed with and said minutes stand approved as circulated.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
Councilman Ward recommended that the agenda items be taken out of order.
 
River Creek Cluster Housing Development
 
Review request of Mr. Ron Fisher to amend the final plan of development under 1161.09, Amendment to Plans, of the Planning and Zoning Code.
 
Mr. Ron Fisher, developer, stated that the original final development plan was approved for four duplex lots for a total of eight units. He stated that recently there have been requests for a third car garage, which cannot be accommodated under the current approval. He is asking that the Planning Commission grant approval to put one house on two lots, to accommodate a three car garage. He further stated that the density of the development would be reduced, and he understands that the proposal for a three car garage would have to be approved by the Architectural Board of Review.
 
In answer to Mr. Sirk's question, Mr. Fisher stated that this request is only for the lots which show duplexes.
 
It was moved by Mr. Febo, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that the request to amend the final plan of development under Chapter 1161.09, Amendment to Plans, of the Planning and Zoning Code, be approved as submitted.
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: DeCrane, Febo, Sirk, Ward
Nays: None.
 
Motion carried.
 
Acacia Country Club Estates Cluster Housing Development
 
Review request of Mr. Joseph Aveni, to amend the final plan of development under 1161.09, Amendment to Plans, of the Planning and Zoning Code.
 
Mr. Joseph Aveni, developer, presented a proposed revised plan to increase the density along the east side of the property. He stated that the market and economy have changed since the original proposal, and therefore would like to increase the density for more townhouses and to reduce the square footage.
 
In answer to Councilman Ward's question, Mr. Puskas stated that ninety (90) units are allowed at that site; twenty-five percent (25%) percent of the units can be duplexes, for a total of eleven (11) duplex homes. He further stated that the original plan showed 46 units total; Mr. Aveni is now asking for fifty-six (56) units.
 
Mr. Febo stated that when the original plan was proposed, it was a requirement that the developer maintain the ten thousand square feet (10,000) district along Winchester and Golfway. He further stated that this proposal shows duplexes abutting those roads, which are not permitted in that area. He then recommended that the proposed plan as presented be rejected. He then cited minutes from the previous proposal, which state that the zoning, which is ten thousand square feet, single family, must be maintained along Winchester Road and Golfway Lane. He then read in the previous minutes that the adjacent properties must be protected from loss of light, air and view. He further stated that with the proposed amendment the rear view from the existing houses along Winchester and Golfway will be greatly reduced.
 
In answer to Mr. DeCrane's question, Mr. Puskas stated that abutting neighbors have been notified of this meeting; however no comments or questions have been received by the Building Department.
 
In answer to Mr. Sirk's question, Councilman Ward stated that the zone map may not have been updated, however, the development in question is a Planned Unit Development, and follows the regulations of a PUD.
 
Discussion continued on the regulations of a PUD, and the number of duplexes allowed in that zoning classification.
 
Mr. Aveni stated that since the development was approved seven (7) years ago, the housing market has changed, and is proposing now what the market demands. He further stated that the four (4) existing duplex units abut single family homes.
 
Councilman Ward stated that the existing duplex units abut single family homes on Winchester Road due to a concession of the Planning Commission because of the orientation of that land and the proposed exit onto Winchester Road, and building the duplexes on the corner of Eagle Point and Winchester was the best use of that particular area of land. He further stated that the Planning Commission may consider multi-family abutting single family if the residents along Winchester and Golfway agree to it.
 
Mr. Febo suggested moving the duplexes in the cluster area of the development, so as not to abut single family homes.
 
Mr. Ackerman, developer, stated that the proposed amendment to the plan was designed that particular way so as to allow a side loading garage on those particular parcels.
 
Mr. Febo recommended a workshop session of the Planning Commission to work through the issues.
 
Barb Drake, 1866 Winchester Road, stated that she received the meeting notice in the mail; however the notice never said that the density in the development would be increased. She stated that if neighbors knew the density would be increased, more would have shown up to voice their opinion. She further stated she does not want more homes than originally proposed along the eastside of the development which abuts Winchester, stating that it would be more difficult to sell her house.
 
Lynn Barry, 1922 Winchester Road, asked about the style of homes behind Winchester Road and if the bocce court will still be part of the development.
 
Mr. Aveni stated some homes will be ranches and some will be one and a half stories. He then stated that no bocce court will be installed.
 
Mr. Febo stated that in further reviewing the proposed amended plan, he noticed that some of the lots are less than the required ten thousand (10,000) square feet.
 
Mark Dinovo, 1906 Winchester Road, requested that the developer stick to the approved plan and stated that people who would like to downsize, would prefer a ranch style home, not a house with an upper level, which may fit the proposed plan better. He further stated that the view would be destroyed if houses with a story and a half were built. He also stated he is concerned about the drainage of the properties around the development; the water is not draining properly from his yard.
 
Carmella Fletcher, 1914 Winchester, stated that the Planning Commission and Council set the laws so that single family homes abut single family homes for aesthetic, architectural and community reasons, to maintain a certain quality of life in Lyndhurst. She further stated that property values have dropped substantially in the past six years, and the proposed new homes which abut Winchester, being one and a half stories, would further diminish the view and the property values.
 
Councilman Ward suggested a workshop session between the developer and the Planning Commission take place at everyone's earliest convenience, so as to reach some kind of agreement.
 
It was moved by Mr. DeCrane, seconded by Mr. Sirk that this item be tabled pending a workshop session.
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: DeCrane, Febo, Sirk, Ward
Nays: None
 
Motion carried.
 
It was moved by Mr. Sirk, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that the meeting be adjourned.
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: DeCrane, Febo, Sirk, Ward
Nays: None
 
Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


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