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September 5, 2013


The September 5, 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. Spader, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Reilly, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Ardito, Mr. Renner, Mr. Shamy and Mr. Davis
Absent – Struncius, Wolfersberger and Loder

Memorialization of Resolutions
Memorialization of July 10th, 2013 minutes – Motion by Mr. Ardito, second by Mr. Kelly to memorialize.

In favor: Spader, Reilly, Kelly, Ardito, Renner, Davis and Reynolds
Opposed: None

Memorialization of July 18, 2013 minutes – Motion by Mr. Kelly, second by Mr. Ardito to memorialize
In favor – Spader, Kelly, Ardito, Renner, Reilly and Reynolds
Opposed: None

Memorialization of Resolutions

Motion by Mr. Ardito, second by Mr. Reynolds to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2013-34 - Thomas Martin – 138 Randall Avenue – JW, LK, SA, TD and BR
Motion by Mr. Davis, second by Mr. Ardito to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2013-37 of Anthony/Diane Drexler – 405 North Street – with conditions
In favor: Kelly, Ardito, Reynolds, Davis, Reynolds and Reilly
Opposed: None
Motion by Mr. Ardito, second by Mr. Kelly to memorialize the action and vote approving applications #2013-41 of Kim Surowicz – 146 Ocean Avenue – with conditions
In favor: Kelly, Ardito, Reynolds and Reilly
Opposed: None

Mr. Reynolds has stepped down from the following application
Francis Rupp, applicant’s attorney stated that the applicant is requesting the following variances: front yard setback from Cedar Avenue of 17.65 feet, whereas 25 feet is required; an addition to an existing wall located on the property line facing Cedars Avenue which will abut and join the existing wall. The new portion of wall is to be constructed to be consistent with the height and masonry materials previously used.

Nancy Gimbert, applicant, sworn stated that she has owned the property since 1976. There are two (2) principal residences on the property and that she resides in one and her daughter and son-in-law reside in the other. The home was more than 50% damaged by Hurricane Sandy and she proposes to elevate the first floor of the house to comply with the base flood elevation. A 2-car garage will be added to the elevated house to replace the detached existing 2-car garage that borders on Cedar Avenue. The proposed garage will also include a utility room for the heating and electrical systems which are presently located in the basement and the second story of the garage will only be used for storage. There will not be any plumbing or cooking facilities on the second floor of the garage and the basement will be filled in. The applicant will make modest improvements to the second floor of the house creating a master bedroom with an attached master bath by using space from an existing bedroom. The historic border wall on the north and south ends of the garage will be preserved. The applicant will fill in the portion of the wall that was occupied by the detached garage with the same materials and at the same height as the remaining historic border wall.

Paul Lawrence, AIA, applicant’s architect, sworn stated that the applicant proposes to raise the existing house and add a two-car garage to the raised house. The existing house is old and was constructed with a series of additions. The house has different gable lines which will be changed by adding the garage on the left hand side to provide one consistent roof for a more aesthetic appeal. The removal of the existing detached garage is necessary as it sits very low on the property. Adding it to the elevated house will improve the look of the house and will make it safer. The removal of the existing non-conforming garage will open up that space and will increase light and air on the street. The lot is unique in that it is twice the size of a regular lot in that zone and fronts the Manasquan River. The two structures lawfully exist on the property and the house will be aesthetically improved by the addition of the front porch and connecting the house to the garage. The attic space will be accessed through a bedroom on the second floor and the applicant will use Cedar impression shingles.
The existing elevation of the finished first floor is 8 feet 9 inches. The applicant proposes raising the finished floor 3 feet 4 inches which will raise the finished first floor elevation to 12.23 which will be compliant. The existing trees on the property will be preserved.
The Board determined that ingress and egress to the garage will be safer as the property owner will not have to back out onto Cedar Avenue and 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 was pleased that the applicant intended to preserve the existing wall and determined that the proposal will be an improvement to the area. 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. There are no substantial negative impacts arising from this proposal that will impinge on the light, air, or privacy of the surrounding property owners. The benefits of this proposal outweigh its detriments.

1. The existing Deed Restriction limiting rentals is to remain in full force and effect.
2. The home is to be built as described to the Board at the time of the hearing.
No audience questions /comments
Francis Rupp made closing comments


Spader – Looking at the property and plans and understanding the trials and tribulations; nice improvement, like not backing into the street. Will be in favor
Kelly – Eliminating a setback; no problem with application
Ardito – Once again we are listening to a recovery case from Super Storm Sandy. What you are doing will be good for you and the community; a flood up to code home.
Renner – Happy to see that you are taking care of this home.
Shamy – Excellent application; only see positive criteria. Compliant with flood elevation – In favor
Davis – I can only reiterate what has already been said.
Reilly – I am quite familiar with that area of town and it is one of the gems of the town; we are not only going to preserve it we are going to improve it. Everything we are talking about is an improvement. In favor

Motion by Mr. Ardito, second by Mr. Renner to approve application #2013-44 of Nancy Gimbert with conditions
In favor: Spader, Kelly, Ardito, Renner, Shamy, Davis and Reilly
Opposed: None

Meeting adjourned at 8: 30pm
Attest: Karen L. Mills, Clerk of the Board

Published October24, 2013 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 1708

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