A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

November 14, 2006

January 10 2007

November 14, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Regular meeting of the Brielle Planning Board was held in the Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14, 2006. After a moment of silent prayer and a salute to the flag, roll call was taken:

On roll call: Present Mayor Thomas B. Nicol, Susan S. Brady,
Councilman Frank A. Garruzzo, Thomas
Heavey, Thomas F. Nolan, Spencer

Absent - James Mannion, Gina Murdoch

Also present were Board Attorney Ken Fitzsimmons, and Birdsall Engineering representative Peter Van den Kooy. Recording Secretary Karen S. Brisben was absent as well as Board Engineer Alan P. Hilla, Jr. Administrator Thomas Nolan recorded the Minutes for Mrs. Brisben.

Chairperson Brady then called the meeting to order and declared a quorum. She announced that, in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, notice of this Body had been given by the adoption of a Resolution at the January 10th, 2006 meeting which had fixed the time and place of all hearings.

A motion to approve the Minutes of October 10, 2006 was made by Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Mayor Nicol and approved by the Board, all aye.


The Board received a notice of application to the DEP, CAFRA, for Block 59, Lots 8, 8.01, 9, & 9.01, 4 Crescent Drive, owned by Steven & Mette Hegna, to allow construction of an inground pool, spa, patio & retaining wall with fill.

Also received was a memorandum from Birdsall Engineering, Inc. regarding the Synopsis of the revised Brielle Municipal Stormwater Management Plan.

The November issue of the NJ Planner was received and on file in the Board Office: Monmouth County Planning Board 2005 Annual Report.


The Board turned to the Public Hearing for the Borough of Brielle Master Plan Update and recognized Peter Van den Kooy of Birdsall Engineering who reviewed the pertinent changes with the Board. Mr. Van den Kooy explained that the review evaluated the major issues and objectives of the 2000 Master Plan to see to what extent they have been addressed and to make recommendations for the future. The primary recommendations were to eliminate the list of permitted uses in the commercial zones as they had become arcane and to replace them with a simplified list.

The Plan also took notice of the Borough’s passage of the new Stormwater Control Ordinance, the Soil Control Ordinance, the Floor Area Ratio Ordinance and recommending that the cluster zone provisions of the Land Use Ordinance be eliminated.

The Plan called for new guidelines on impervious lot coverage and recommended new definitions in that area. The Plan also recommended the creation of a conservation/recreation zone to preserve Nienstedt and Sedge Islands. Finally, the Plan called for a review of the existing parking requirements in the C-2 Marine Commercial Zone as they relate to the marinas.

Mrs. Brady asked if the Master Plan update had addressed the issue of Pods and Mr. Nolan said that the issue was being addressed separately by amending an existing ordinance and a revised draft should be available for review at the next meeting.

Mr. Thornton asked why ice cream parlors were prohibited in the C1-A Gateway Zone and Councilman Garruzzo explained that there was a concern over the large tracts of land in that zone which could be developed in the future. The zone abuts a residential zone and it was deemed advisable to be restrictive. Mrs. Brady asked Mr. Fitzsimmons if the intent was to be negative rather than to open the zone up to unregulated development. Mr. Fitzsimmons agreed and said the proposed changes would give the Planning Board greater control as future applications could be reviewed on a case by case basis and, if warranted, a variance could be granted. Councilman Garruzzo referred to pages 12 and 13 where a list of prohibited uses was clearly stated.

The meeting was then opened to the public for any comments or questions and there was no response, so that portion of the hearing was closed.

Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Mr. Heavey, then made a motion to approve the Master Plan Re-examination Report dated October, 2006 and this was approved by the following roll call vote:

Ayes: Susan S. Brady, Frank A. Garruzzo, Thomas Heavey,
Thomas B. Nicol, Thomas F. Nolan, Spencer Thornton

Noes: None

As there was no other business to come before the Board, a motion to adjourn was made by Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Mayor Nicol and approved unanimously by the Board. The meeting was adjourned at 7:46 p.m.

Karen S. Brisben, Recording Secretary

Approved: 200