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August 15, 2013

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The August 15, 2013 Regular meeting of the Point Pleasant Beach Board of Adjustment opened at 7:30 pm. The clerk read the notice of compliance with the "Open Public Meetings Act. Present were regular members: Mr. Wolfersberger, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Reilly, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Ardito and Mr. Davis
Present also: Chairman Struncius and Mr. Renner came later in evening for last application
Absent – Spader, Loder and Shamy

Motion by Mr. Kelly, second by Mr. Reynolds to memorialize the minutes of June 20, 2013
In favor: Wolfersberger, Kelly, Reilly, Reynolds, Ardito and Davis
Opposed: None

Motion by Mr. Davis, second by Mr. Ardito to memorialize the minutes of June 26, 2013
In favor: Reilly, Kelly, Reynolds, Ardito and Davis
Opposed: None

Memorialization of Resolutions
Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Mr. Ardito to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2013-22 of Lawrence/ Marjorie Zalk with conditions
In favor: Kelly, Reynolds, Ardito and Reilly
Opposed: None
Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Mr. Ardito to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2013-28 - DGV Children Family Trust with conditions
In favor: Kelly, Reynolds, Ardito and Reilly
Opposed: None
Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Mr. Ardito to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2013-32 – Peter/Donna Spector with conditions
In favor: Kelly, Reynolds, Ardito and Reilly
Opposed: None

Application #2013-34 – Thomas Martin – 138 Randall Avenue – Block 129.02 Lot – 14 – Applicant extended living room space into enclosed front porch.
The applicant is seeking the following variances: existing front yard setback of 17.4 feet, whereas 25 feet is the minimum required; existing side yard setback of 3.3 feet (north side) and 3.7 feet (south side), whereas 5 feet is required; building coverage of 30.8%, whereas 30% is the maximum permitted; existing impervious coverage of 74%, whereas 50% is the maximum permitted.
Thomas Martin, applicant, sworn stated that the house was damaged after Hurricane Sandy and that the house had an enclosed porch that has been on the house for over 20 years and existed prior to the applicant purchasing the house. One of the walls (a non-bearing) wall of the enclosed porch was damaged and had to be removed. The porch was eliminated which increased the habitation space in the kitchen area and home which results in a need for a variance. There were no changes made outside of the house and the footprint of the house was not enlarged. All of the existing setbacks are the same and the impervious coverage percentage was existing and there was no expansion as a result of this proposal.
The Board determined that there were no changes to the house other than to remove the non-bearing wall and that the home can accommodate the increase in habitation. There are no substantial negative impacts arising from this proposal as the front porch will not impinge on the light, air, or privacy of the surrounding property owners. The benefits of this proposal outweigh its detriments.

No audience questions/comments
Conditions

1. The Board determined that the impervious coverage is 74% and is not to be expanded.

Deliberations
Wolfersberger – Nothing really has changed; just a wall is gone. It has been there for 30 years; I have no problem with it.
Kelly - I see no problem with it at all.
Reynolds – I agree – not a load bearing wall.
Ardito - With lack of additional bedrooms; just simply taking down a wall. Just fine with me
Davis – I agree with all for mentioned.
Reilly – Cannot be critical of the official she did at least report what she saw as potential problem but there is no significant change. In favor

Motion by Mr. Wolfersberger, second by Mr. Reynolds to approve application #2013-34 of Thomas Martin with conditions.
In favor – Wolfersberger, Kelly, Reynolds, Ardito, Davis and Reilly
Opposed: None
Application approved with conditions


Application #2013-37 – Anthony/Diane Drexler – 405 North Street – Block 178.01; Lot 13 – Applicant wishes to construct a new single family dwelling at the new ABFE.
The applicant is seeking the following variances: a front yard setback of 21 feet (to the stairs on East Street), whereas 25 feet is the minimum required; rear yard setback of 15 ½ feet, whereas 30 feet is the minimum required; proposed 3-story house, whereas 2-stories is the maximum permitted.
Anthony Drexler, applicant sworn, stated that he had purchased house from his parents in 2002. More than 50% of the house was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. He has removed the damaged house and is looking to build a new house.
Robert Burdick, P.E., P.P., sworn, stated that the applicant is replacing a one-story single family home with a 3-story, 3-bedroom single family home. The variance for number of stories is due to a garage being built underneath the house. The house is a corner lot and has a limited building area because it fronts on both North Street and East Street. The area is surrounded by existing single family homes ranging from one to two stories and from 30 to 35 feet in height and the proposed house will be consistent with the other houses in the neighborhood. Due to FEMA compliance, the finished first floor will be built at 13 ½ feet making it possible for a garage to be located underneath the house. The one car garage underneath the house will be an asset to the area and although it constitutes an additional story, it is an appropriate use of the site and that the garage will only be used for parking and storage. The proposed house is modest in size, an aesthetic improvement, and a safety improvement as the house will be brought up to all building codes and flood regulations.

Anthony Zarrilli of Zarilli Homes, LLC, sworn, stated that the house will be built on piles and the piles will be faced with faux stone. The siding will be brought down to within 3 feet of the ground and the siding will be beige vinyl and the doors and windows will have white trim. The house will also have a white band around it for decorative purposes. The roof will be a lifetime Timberline roof, brown in color. The applicant will add foundation plantings in front of the foundation wall and the decks (both front and back) will be made from Azek decking with white railing and white trim. The deck in the rear will be 20 x 10 feet in size. The applicant will revise the plans to show that the side elevations are reversed so the more attractive side with more windows will face East Street.

The Board determined that the house will be more attractive if side elevations are reversed which will allow more light into enter the house. The garage and driveway will be located on the other side of the house, further from the intersection, which will make it safer when coming down the driveway.
The Board found the house to be attractive and modest in size and will be consistent with the size of the other houses in the neighborhood. The Board determined that the house will be aesthetically pleasing and will be an improvement to the housing stock of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach. The Board found that the house will be compliant with the base flood elevation and as the house is being brought up to code, will improve public safety and there are no substantial negative impacts arising from this proposal that will impinge on the light, air, or privacy of the surrounding property owner and the benefits of this proposal outweigh its detriments.

Conditions
The first floor/basement is limited to storage and parking.
1. There is to be no habitation within the first floor/basement.
2. The plan is to be revised to show walls covering the first floor/basement and that the siding will be brought down to within three (3) feet of the ground.
3. The applicant is to submit a landscaping plan showing foundation plantings to the Board’s Engineer for his review and approval.
4. The home is to be constructed as described to the Board at the time of the hearing.
5. The applicant is to submit a revised architectural plan showing a more attractive look along East Street which is to be reviewed and approved by the Board at the time of memorialization.
Deliberations
Wolfersberger - Building coverage and impervious is fine; corner lot which is unique. Complying with one front back so based on surrounding buildings inclined to vote in favor.
Kelly – I am very happy that you are flipping the home. All the light will come in from the east side and bring driveway away from intersection. The area behind has changed a little. The water situation is tough and this should solve that problem. In favor
Reynolds – Modes home being rebuilt. I agree that you will be happier with the home flipped.
Ardito - Sorry for the applicant’s loss. Glad you are working and doing the right thing for you and your family. The built in free board will give you safety and peace of mind. The house is modest in size. Your variances are minimal; will be in favor.
Davis – No comment
Reilly – Requested conditions be read
Motion made by Mr. Wolfersberger and seconded by Mr. Ardito that the application of Anthony and Diane Drexler be approved with conditions.

In favor: Mr. Wolfersberger; Mr. Kelly; Mr. Reynolds; Mr. Ardito, Mr. Davis; Mr. Reilly
Opposed: None
Application approved with conditions

Mr. Davis has recused himself from the Surowicz application
Application #2013-41 – Kim Surowicz – 146 Ocean Avenue – Block 121; Lot – 2.02 – Applicant wishes to demolish existing single family home and construct a new dwelling at the new ABFE.
The applicant is seeking the following variances: existing lot area of 1,400 square feet, whereas 1,500 square feet is required; a height variance of 26 feet, whereas 20 feet is the maximum permitted; height variance of 2 stories, whereas only 1 story is permitted; side yard setback of 8 inches (north side), 1.6 feet (to stairs) whereas 5 feet is required; front yard setback of 0.11 feet, whereas 5 feet is required; building coverage of 66.48%, whereas 50% is the maximum permitted.

John J. Jackson, Esquire, applicant’s attorney stated that the property is in the “bungalow” area of town and was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. There was more than 4 feet of water in the home as a result of the storm. The new plan is more of a modest size house. Although the house is considered a two-story house, it is more like a one and a half story house. The family has owned the house since the 1970’s and the applicant resides in it full-time. The proposed house needs to be raised 6 ½ feet from grade to be FEMA compliant. The area underneath the house will only be used for storage. There is no garage and it will not be used as habitable living space. The proposed house will be attractive and will be an asset to the neighborhood.
Robert Burdick P.P, sworn, stated that the previous proposal was for a 30.2 foot high house. This proposal is for a 26 foot high house. The house will be 18 ½ feet in width. The curb height is at 4.5 feet. FEMA requirement is 11 feet with a 1 foot for the base floor; making it 12 feet. The applicant is proposing raising the house 12.77 feet in order to safely protect the house from future storms. The lot is an undersized lot which presents building challenges. The house will be re-built in the same location and the footprint will be the same except for the steps. The building coverage increased 4.3% strictly due to the house being raised and the need for additional steps. The proposed house will require a variance for 2-stories because only 1-story houses are permitted in the Zone. There are 419 square feet of the second floor with livable area that is above 7 feet; however, the house will only appear to be a 1 ½ story structure. There will be a roof deck at the rear of the house that will appear to lessen the height of the structure. The second story does not take up the whole area of the first floor because of the roof deck and the roof pitch is shallow. The first floor has a ceiling height of 8 feet. Off-street parking is available. The proposed house will comply with all fire requirements and the soffit on the second floor extends out by 8 inches. The house will be attractive, will be brought up to code, and will be safer because it will be compliant with FEMA regulations.
Kim Surowicz, applicant sworn, stated that she reduced the size of the house by reducing the size of closets and the size of the staircase to the second floor. The roof is shallower which brought down the height of the home from the original proposal. The window on the north side of the house (in the bathroom) had to be removed in order to be fire rated. The façade will be made of Cedar impression siding with cultured stones on the corner. That she will add two planters in the front of the house.
The Board determined that the house is attractive and found the applicant made adjustments to the plans to address the concerns of the neighbor and that the applicant’s plans are appropriate for the site. The Board determined that the house will be aesthetically pleasing and will be an improvement to the housing stock of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach. The Board found that the house will be compliant with the base flood elevation and the house will be brought up to code both of which improve public safety. There are no substantial negative impacts arising from this proposal as the front porch will not impinge on the light, air, or privacy of the surrounding property owners. The benefits of this proposal outweigh its detriments.

Conditions

1. There is to be no habitation within the first floor/basement.
2. The use of the first floor/basement is limited to storage only.
3. The home is to have planters as shown to the Board. The Board found it to be a very attractive element.
4. The roof deck is never to have a roof or to be enclosed.
Deliberations
Wolfersberger – I said before that I love the look of it. If the whole bungalow area looked like that it would be wonderful. I am still concerned about the building coverage but it is the same as before. I believe she has made enough adjustments to alleviate the concerns of the neighbor.
Kelly - I commend the applicant for her effort and patience. I am happy to see the deck encroachment in the back eliminated. I love the house. This is what can be done in the bungalow area. I have no problem with it.
Reilly – I love the look of it. I was opposed to it last time around on the basis that the height was driven by the want of a second story. It is no bigger on coverage than it was in the past. It will improve safety. It looks more like a story and a half and I am more comfortable with this.
Reynolds - I think that you listened to us and made some sacrifice. The house itself looks nice and will look nice down there.
Ardito – The design is beautiful and appropriate down there. You bringing down the height is more palatable. Sorry that you experienced what you experienced. It will be compliant with flood regulations and be safer. The community benefits every time we get a flood compliant home. Positives outweigh the negatives
Renner - This is an undersized lot and this home is much more appropriate; we should say that the deck will never be enclosed. It is a good looking home.
Struncius – There are some hardships here; last time you pushed it a bit. This is more the feel for the area. This story and a half appeal fits from the front elevation.

Motion by Mr. Wolfersberger, second by Mr. Ardito to approve application #2013-41 of Kim Surowicz with conditions

In favor: Mr. Wolfersberger; Mr. Kelly; Mr. Reilly; Mr. Ardito; Mr. Renner; Mr. Struncius
Opposed: None

Application approved

Dennis Galvin stated that at this time we will turn off the recording device and adjourn to the back room to discuss a legal matter and if so warranted go back on the record.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30pm
Attest: Karen L. Mills, Clerk of the Board


Published September24, 2013 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 1683


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