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July 6, 2016


The July 6, 2016 Regular meeting of the Point Pleasant Beach Planning Board opened at 7:00 pm. The Clerk read the notice of compliance with the "Open Public Meetings Act. Present were Board members Mr. Dooley, Mr. Sheehan, Mr. Winter, Chairman Ammirata, Councilman Migut and Ms. Devon
Absent – Mr. Ritchings, Mr. Paesano, Mr. Liotta and Mr. Corbally
Also present: Karen Mills, Dennis Galvin and Ray Savacool

Motion by Vice-chair Winter, second by Mr. Dooley to memorialize the minutes of June 1, 2016
In favor – Dooley, Winter and Ammirata

Opposed – None

Memorialize resolution
Motion by Mr. Dooley, second by vice-chair Winter to memorialized the action and vote approving application #2016-396 of Residences at Bay Point – 320 Maryland Avenue – Block 6 Lot 24 with conditions
In favor - Dooley, Winter and Ammirata
Opposed - None

Review and Consideration of Ordinance #2015-16 – Re Zoning certain parcels on the west side of Ocean Avenue and permitting parking in retail establishment parking lots to provide additional parking for the resort commercial district.
Councilman Migut’s opening statement equated parking lots to being the pistons to the engine and that allowing this ordinance will improve quality of life during the summer months. Councilman Migut believes that this will be a benefit to the community.
Chairman Ammirata brought up that at last meeting he had allowed the public to comment but did not believe that it was a requirement.
Dennis Galvin, Board attorney, is not aware of a requirement that the Board needs to open to the public but they may choose to. The public discussion is held at the Council meeting. Chairman Ammirata wanted it on the record that he allowed public comment at the previous meeting but it is not required when reviewing an ordinance. This is an administrative act on the part of the Board.
Vice-chair Winter commented that people will still park in the residential area first before the parking lots because it is free. He believes that people will use their garage for storage and still park on the street. He does not see much difference between the ordinances. Mr. Dooley believes the businesses are making money hands over fist. He does not believe that the boardwalk businesses are in distress.

Public comment –

Dave Cavagnaro – 118 Parkway – Does not support ordinance. He appreciates that the Boardwalk is a major draw but it is a multi-million dollar cooperation. They want to make money but to tell people that their homes should be rezoned so they can make more money is not right. He is concerned because residential structures are located right next to these lots. He does not believe that the town will make more money from parking lots since the assessments are lower. Implores the board to reject this ordinance.

Marilyn Burke – Central Avenue - Started off by saying that she read Mr. Dooley’s letter in the paper last week and it was excellent. Parking lots are not assessed at the same rate as homes so we are going to lose taxes. It will devalue the homes located next to the lots. Believes it is outrageous. Jenkinson’s is now attracting people that do not respect our town. Jenkinson’s charges a flat rate so people will park in Jenkinson’s lots before they park in the town lot. Inquired why the town is pushing this ordinance when the Planning Board already voted against it.
Dennis Galvin explained the process and read from Cox Land Use that the Board does not have to allow the citizens to speak. They should bring their argument to the second reading at the Council meeting.
Tom Highton – Central Avenue – Could not hear on the audio clearly. He is not happy with ordinance. Stated more parking just brings more people into town.
Greg Galinskie – 200 Forman Avenue – Stated that this will not alleviate parking in the residential area. They are parking in front of his home at 9am in the morning. He stated that this is a circus because the Council does not care what the Planning Board says.
Aleta Weinstein – Harbor head – She said this is such an important issue and wants to know why a letter was not sent out. Councilman Migut stated that a letter will go out before second reading. Please think of the residents because this is such an important issue.
Mr. Dooley stated that this is going to harm our neighbor’s property values. Does not know how people can sleep at night.

Motion by Councilman Migut, second by Chairman Ammirata to recommend that the ordinance #2016-15 #be recommended to Council for approval.

In favor – Sheehan, Migut and Ammirata
Opposed- Dooley, Winter and Devon
The vote is three (3) to three (3)
Vice-chair Winter was not happy with the outcome of the vote and resigned from the board and left the meeting.

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

Published December15, 2016 | Planning Board Minutes | 2451

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