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December 1, 2016


December 1, 2016 BOA minutes

The December 1, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Board of Adjustment opened at 7:30pm. The clerk read the notice of compliance with the "Open public meetings act." Present were Board members: Mr. Kelly, Mr. Reilly, Chairman Struncius, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Dixon, Mr. Schneider and Mr. Davis
Absent – Spader, DePolo and Crasper

Motion by vice chair Reilly, second by Mr. Reynolds to approve the meeting dates for 2017

In favor: Kelly, Reynolds, Reilly, Struncius, Dixon, Schneider and Davis
Opposed: None

Letter request – Removal of condition “I” Resolution #2015-43 Benedetto/Harvey

The board reviewed the request and felt there was not enough information at this time to remove the condition. The board inquired why the person that installed the sidewalk did not replace the curb cut. The applicant may appear at a future date to answer the board’s questions.
Motion by vice chair Reilly, second by Mr. Kelly to deny the letter request of maintaining the curb cut.
In favor – Kelly, Reilly and Struncius
Opposed: None

Memorialize minutes –
Motion by vice chair Reilly, second by Mr. Schneider to memorialize the minutes of October 20, 2016
In favor: Reynolds, Reilly, Dixon, Schneider and Davis
Opposed: None

Memorialize resolutions
Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by vice chair Reilly to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2016-30 of Arthur/Kaitlin Gant – 506 Cramer – with conditions
In favor: Kelly, Reynolds, Dixon and Reilly
Motion by Mr. Kelly, second by vice chair Reilly to memorialize the action and vote approving the deck portion of the application of application. The variance for the interior of the home was denied of 2016-31- Marcy Gendel – 225 Boardwalk – with conditions
In favor – Kelly, Reynolds, Dixon, Schneider and Reilly
Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by vice chair Reilly to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2016-32 of William/Kari DeFalco – 1507 Ocean Ave – with conditions
In favor – Kelly, Reynolds, Dixon, Schneider and Reilly
Motion by vice chair Reilly, second by Mr. Kelly to memorialize the action and vote approving application #2016-36 of Gloria Focazio – 45 Inlet – with conditions
In favor: Kelly, Dixon, Schneider and Reilly
Opposed: None

Application #2016-39 – St. Peters – 406 Forman Avenue – Lot 1; Block 60 – Applicant is seeking site plan approval to construct a handicap ramp, access steps, screening of a/c units, approval of existing shed and an LED sign.

John Jackson, attorney for applicant, stated that the applicant is seeking the following variances.
A. For proposed front yard setback of 1 foot, whereas 25 feet is required.
B. For proposed building coverage of 38.64%, whereas 30% is the maximum permitted.
C. For proposed LED signage, whereas signs using mechanical or electrical devices to revolve, flash or display movement or the illusion of movement are prohibited.
D. For the proposed additional free-standing sign.
E. For proposed free-standing sign area of 34.7 square feet, whereas 20 square feet is the maximum permitted.
The applicant is proposing to relocate the handicapped access ramp on the St. Louis side of the existing church to improve the church’s ADA compliance. The applicants are also proposing to install an LED sign on the side of the all-purpose room in the church. The proposed LED sign will not be flashing and will not distract traffic and the LED sign will be available for use by the Borough or police department as needed.

Father Bob Banko, sworn, stated that Handicapped and wheelchair access into the church is presently very difficult, given the location of the handicapped ramp and the staircase to get from the front entrance into the church itself. The church is proposing a number of renovations to improve handicapped access into the building. Currently, the handicapped ramp is located in the back of the church. The sidewalk is very narrow in this location, which is not ideal for wheelchair access. The church is proposing to reconfigure the sidewalk in this location to allow wheelchair access. Automatic doors will be installed in an effort to make wheelchair and handicapped access into the building easier. The interior of the building will be reconfigured to allow for wheelchair access. The proposed LED sign will be located above the dumpsters near the gymnasium on the property. The existing “Saint Peters” reflective sign will be removed and replaced with the LED sign. The freestanding sign will remain. The LED sign will be utilized to advertise mass schedules, welcoming visiting schools, announcing weddings, and things of that nature. The sign will be simple; it will not contain flashing or animation.

Robert Burdick, applicant’s Professional Engineers stated that the sign will be located on the second floor wall of the gymnasium, on the southwest corner of the property. The proposed LED sign will add a safety benefit to the general public, as well as motorists looking for the facility by providing a better indicator of the location of the church than currently exists. The church is an inherently beneficial use, which has been in use since 1901. There are two sheds located on the property. One is 9 feet by 10 feet, and one is 12 feet by 12 feet. The proposal will have a minimal impact on the surrounding properties, while improving public safety by providing greater handicapped access into the building.
No audience questions/comments


Kelly – No problem with application; believes the sign facing Forman is necessary.

Reynolds - agree with that 100% - as far as the ramp goes it will make access easier.

Reilly – Whole application is a positive; improves safety and accessibility. We are just legalizing the existing sheds. Installing the fence to screen the air conditioning is another safety feature. In favor

Dixon – No further comment – everything has been said

Schneider – 100% in favor of the application

Davis – application is all positives; would like to say this is probably the 4th LED application we have seen and is surprised there is not yet an ordinance.


1. The LED sign is not to flash blink scroll or have animation.

2. The messages on the LED sign are to remain unchanged for a minimum of 30 seconds.

3. The applicant is to make the sign available to the Borough Police Department during times of emergency.

4. There shall be no advertisement of commercial businesses.

Motion by vice chair Reilly, second by Mr. Kelly to approve application #2016-39 – St. Peters – 406 Forman Avenue – Lot 1; Block 60 with conditions

In favor – Kelly, Reynolds, Reilly, Dixon, Schneider, Davis and Struncius

Opposed- None

Application #2016-28 – Land’s End Condominium – 101 New Jersey Avenue – Block 48; Lot – 1, 1.01 and 1.08 – Applicant is requesting to construct three second story balconies to units 2B, 4D and 5F.
Land’s End application Carried from September 15, 2016 meeting without notice

Michael J. Lipari, Esquire, stated that the members of the Board of the Condominium Association voted to approve the construction of these decks, provided the Zoning Board agrees.

Robert Burdick, applicant’s Professional Engineer, sworn, stated that the subject property is located at the corner of New Jersey Avenue and Boston Avenue, and contains a condominium building with 8 residential units, a swimming pool, and parking for the building. The proposal includes the construction of three (3) second-story decks on the 8-unit condominium building. The three decks will slightly increase building and impervious coverage. The construction of the decks will provide a significant aesthetic improvement to the site, while creating a space for ocean views from the units. The decks will not increase the intensity of the use of the property and the negative impacts created from the application are minimal. Robert Burdick believes that property is unique and the improvements will not affect light and air.

The Objector’s to the application, Michael and Tracy Benson, were represented by Anthony Fazio Esq., who stated that the objector’s occupy unit 3C, one of the ground floor level units that one of the proposed second floor decks will be built over. The unit is their summer home. The objector’s voted no to the construction of the decks, because they are concerned it will block their sunlight in the summer months

1. There is to be no storage on the front facade balconies this Restriction shall not prohibit outdoor furniture. This condition is to be recorded by means of a Deed Restriction. The Deed Restriction is to be reviewed and approved by the Board’s Attorney prior to be recorded; and it must be recorded prior to the issuance of the building permit.

Kelly – said we had more people testify in the positive; does not see any change. Per the photos there seems to be quite a bit of shade not caused by balconies. The disadvantage of a condominium m is that you can be out voted.
Reynolds – The building is pretty sharp looking; the balconies will severely take away from that. You are putting balconies eight feet beneath a roof line and believes the noise will be amplified. Do not see any benefit to these balconies; they already have balconies in the rear. You have to remember that most of these are rental units and we cannot control who they are rented to and what kind of parties they will have.
Reilly – I find the comments contradictory. There are people who do not think this is a problem at all; then there are people who think it is a problem. I think there is noise no matter what. Leaning towards approval.
Dixon - Unfortunately it is a condominium and sometimes certain people want things. Believes the balconies will make it look better. Only concern is using the balconies for storage.
Schneider - The shading is there already as seen in the photos. It does approve the appearance of the building.
Davis – Have been by the building a couple different times of day. That is the question – What is the overall impact. I understand the Benson’s concerns. An outdoor living space in a shore community is a highly prized aesthetic. I see the balconies as a large improvement to the structure.
Struncius – Certainly weigh aesthetics – well-kept building but the balconies will give it dimension. Looked at the design and why – 7 by 16 is not an overly big deck. Only 5 or 6 people can comfortably fit. Police would be called if there is a problem. A lot of the rooming homes in the area are the ones that have lower and upper porches. Balancing the fact that it is not overly imposing; the aesthetic are there. Positive outweighing the negative. The sun rises and sets east to west and the building faces south. It does fit into the zone and the character of the area.

Motion by vice chair Reilly, second by Mr. Schneider to approve Application #2016-28 – Land’s End Condominium – 101 New Jersey Avenue – Block 48; Lot – 1, 1.01 and 1.08 with conditions
In favor – Kelly, Reilly, Dixon, Schneider, Davis and Struncius
Opposed: Reynolds
Application approved with conditions

Meeting adjourned at 9:48pm
Attest: Karen L. Mills, LUA
Clerk of the Board

Published January20, 2017 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 2479

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