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June 18, 2015

Minutes

The June 18, 2015 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, Chairman Struncius, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Dixon, Mr. Renner and Mr. Davis

Absent: Mr. Loder

Also present: Dennis Galvin, Board Attorney and Karen L. Mills, Clerk

Court Reporter – Denise Sweet

Motion by Mr. Reilly, second by Mr. Kelly to memorialize the minutes of May 21, 2015 –
In favor: Kelly, Reilly, Reynolds, Dixon, Renner, Davis and Struncius
Opposed: None
Resolutions

Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Vice-Chair Reilly to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2015-30 of Todd/Laura Taylor – 313 New York Ave
In favor: Kelly, Reilly, Reynolds, Dixon, Renner, Davis and Struncius
Opposed: None


Application #2015-26 – Robert/Lisa Mairowicz – 217 Forman Avenue – Block 81; Lot 33 – Applicant wishes to elevate existing building and construct new front porch.
Mr. Davis has stepped down from this application.

Roberta Burcz, attorney for application stated that the applicant is raising their home and would like to add a porch. Gregory Cox, architect, credentials accepted, stated that currently the house is being raised. Flood zone today is elevation 11 plus one makes the first floor at 12 feet. (Home will be at elevation 15)The brick will be removed from the home which will decrease the side yard setback. The porch will enable them to sit outside and interact with the neighborhood. What is proposed is a very modest porch that will be a little bit over on building coverage.

Deliberations
Spader – Sorry for your loss. Actually very familiar with the neighborhood. Sees a home going up and not intruding on the neighborhood. Providing a new safe home; in full support.
Kelly- Sees no problem with this; shows what can be done in a minimal way.
Reilly – Agrees it is a very modest addition. Having a deck increases the safety.
Reynolds – Commends the applicant for coming in with something reasonable.
Dixon – Flood compliant home with upgrades; just a small amount of extra coverage.
Renner – I live right down the block and will be happy to walk past it.
Struncius – For the record how are you treating the bottom story. (Open storage – one car garage- interior set of stairs)

Conditions
1. Home will be construction as described at the time of the hearing.
2. Home will be sided with cedar style shingles.
Motion by Mr. Spader, second by Mr. Kelly to approve application #2015-26 – Robert/Lisa Mairowicz – 217 Forman Avenue – Block 81; Lot 33 with conditions
In favor: Spader, Kelly, Reilly, Reynolds, Dixon, Renner and Struncius
Opposed: None

Application approved with conditions


Application #2015-25 – Jeff/Stephanie Ciarcia – 119 Central Avenue – Block 101; Lot 9.01 – Applicant wishes to construct a new FEMA compliant single family dwelling.
Jeffrey/Stephanie Ciarcia applicants, sworn. Applicant is planning to build a new flood compliant home. Curb height is 3.06. Will have interior steps; pool now conforms. Tree will be replaced in front yard. Actually asking for 3.44 feet in height over allowable. Chairman Struncius inquired about the third floor rear deck; he said it seems to be the width of the home and is concerned that it is too high and people sitting on it will invade the neighbor’s privacy. . It is fourteen (14) feet wide; concern is it is not a deck for mechanicals, it is a deck to hang out on thirty feet in the air looking down on your neighbor’s yard. A deck for mechanicals would be much smaller; all you need is the space for the mechanicals and a door to access it. The Board agrees that the deck needs to be smaller. The applicant agrees to reduce the size of the deck to just accommodate the mechanicals and revise and submit the plan to the engineer for approval prior to memorialization. The applicants stated that the foundation will just be used for the car and storage. Jeffrey Ciarcia stated that there will be an elevator from the lower floor to the first floor.

No audience questions/comments

Deliberations
Spader – With the conditions place it looks like something that will work in that neighborhood. Thanked the board for limiting the rear deck; sound travels when up that high. Will be in favor with conditions in place.
Kelly – With the deck revised will be in favor.
Reilly – Thinks the home will be a nice addition; not sure he buys the need for nine (9) foot ground and first floor ceilings. Has some sympathy given the curb height; will be in favor.
Reynolds – Nice looking house; with the reduction of the deck and the way the steps are incorporated into the home will be in favor.
Dixon – Feels the same way as everyone else; in favor.
Renner – Cannot add anything else. Will be in favor.
Davis – Believes the height variance meets the positive criteria. Commends the applicant for compromising on the rear deck. Will be in favor.
Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by vice-chair Reilly to approve application #2015-25 of Jeffrey and Stephanie Ciarcia with conditions.
In favor: Spader, Kelly, Reilly, Reynolds, Dixon, Renner and Struncius
Opposed: None
Application approved with conditions


Conditions
1. The applicant is to comply with the Board Engineer’s letter of June 11, 2015.

2. If the tree in the front yard is removed as a result of construction, it will be replaced with a tree of at least 2 and a half inches in diameter.

3. The house is not to exceed 38.44 feet in height.

4. The deck on the third floor will be limited to the hvac unit and mechanicals.

5. The plan is to be revised to limit the area of the deck to just mechanicals and is to be shown to the Board for its review at the time of memorialization.

6. The home is to be constructed as shown on the rendering; in particular, the house is to have a stone finish on the foundation. The stone finish is to be provided on all four sides of the homes foundation.

7. The ground floor may only be used for storage and as a garage.


Application #2014-35 – 1031 Seashore LLC/BCB Community Bank – 1301 Ocean Avenue – Block 18.01; Lot 1 – Applicant wishes to demolish previously approved (7) unit building and construct a new six (6) unit building.
(1031 Seashore LLC was carried without notice from March 19, 2015)
Michael York, applicant’s attorney stated they are continuing application from March. John Jackson, attorney representing Paul/Kathy Blinn is present. Salvatore W. Santoro, applicant’s architect sworn, credential’s accepted, gave testimony.
Christine Coffone, Professional Planner, credentials accepted. Chairman Struncius requested that she cut right to the chase. She realizes that the building is larger than the board would like to see, but pointed out that the subject property is on the fringe of the RR3 zone. Mr. Reynolds believes that the applicant is here on a fishing trip and is looking for the board to help design the project. Chairman Struncius stated that the building is just too much; it is just huge and does not fit. Mr. Reilly stated that when you read the engineer’s letter it is just one variance after another.
After conversation with the applicant and his professionals the applicant is requesting to withdraw his application.
Motion by vice-chair Reilly, second by Mr. Renner to allow the withdrawal of application #2014-35 of 1031 Seashore LLC/BCB Community Bank.
In favor: Spader, Kelly, Reilly, Reynolds, Dixon, Renner and Struncius
Opposed: None
Application withdrawn

Meeting adjourned at 9pm

Attest: Karen L. Mills, LUA


Published July20, 2015 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 2143


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