A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

July 8, 2014

August 22 2014

July 8th, 2014


The Regular meeting of the Brielle Planning Board was held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Brielle Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane. After a silent prayer and a salute to the flag, roll call was taken:

Present - Thomas Condon, James Langenberger, Gina Murdoch, John O'Donnell, Tim Sigler, Terre Vitale

Absent - Mayor Thomas Nicol, Councilman Frank Garruzzo, Charles Sarnasi, James Stenson

Also present was Karen S. Brisben, Recording Secretary; there were 3 people in the audience.

The Minutes of the June 10, 2014 meeting were approved on a motion by Mrs. Vitale, seconded by Mrs. Murdoch and approved unanimously by voice vote, all aye.

At this time Mr. Condon made the announcement that the hearing set for tonight for Block 76.01, Lot 7, 803 Ashley Avenue, owned by Richard & Laurie Schuler to allow a treehouse within the setback line was being postponed until the August 12, 2014 meeting. New notices may have to be sent out by the applicant.


The Board then turned to an informal hearing for a possible Minor Subdivision for Block 23.01, Lot 12, 614-616 Agnes Avenue, owned by Dickson Family Property Trust. Variances needed - Lot Width: 75 feet required, 50 feet proposed. Lot Size: 11,250 square feet required, 7,500 feet proposed.

Peter Kearns, Esq., came forward to represent the new owner, Mary Ann Engesser; Dave Hamilton, her grandson, came this evening to speak to the Board.

Mr. Kearns said this property is located in the R-3 zone and backs up to the old Dickson Supply Company, the lot is 100x150 feet. The only variances needed are for lot width and lot size. The square footage requirement is 11,250 square feet and they are proposing two lots of 7,500 square feet; both lots will only have a lot width of 50 feet where 75 feet is required in this zone.

They wish to subdivide this property and put in two single family homes; Mr. Kearns said he can see that this may not be desired in this zone but virtually every lot on the street is 50 feet wide so these two new lots will fit right in. They were here tonight to get a sense of the Board's feelings on this and they presented a copy of the tax map showing the 50 foot lots as well as a sketch of what kind of homes will be put in. Mr. Hamilton said the sketch of the homes is to show what type of home will be built, they will be one foot narrower to meet the bulk requirements and not need another variance. He felt if the lot is kept at 100 feet wide a new home will "stick out" as it will be bigger than the other homes on this street; two smaller homes will fit in.

Mr. Sigler said he counted 17 fifty-foot lots and 18_ lots over fifty feet on the tax map presented. Mr. Kearns noted on the south side of Agnes Avenue many of the lots are 50 feet, he is not trying to fool anyone. Mr. Sigler asked if this lot is affected by the flood plain as it is by Robert's Swamp Brook; Mr. Kearns said this may apply to the back property line but they can't build there anyway.

Mr. Condon asked about the hardship here and Mr. Hamilton answered he felt two smaller homes will fit in better than one large one and this makes sense as many lots on this street are undersized. He said they would not be here wasting the Board's time if they didn't think this would work and noted that 75% of the properties within 200 feet are 50 foot lots. Mr. Kearns admitted that the "hardship" is difficult to answer and probably does not apply, they just feel this subdivision will fit in. He said that the person they purchased the property from, Alan Dickson, said that years ago this property consisted of two 50-foot lots.

The Board then gave their comments. Mr. Langenberger said the Board had this same proposal on Park Avenue and denied that, if this one is granted he felt there is a potential of 20 more homes in this neighborhood and was of the opinion that there are too many homes on top of each other now, he was not in favor of this subdivision. Mr. O'Donnell understood Mr. Langenberger's reservations; he also understood the proposal here but agreed that more undersized lots should not be done. Mrs. Murdoch counted 17 more possible lots to have minor subdivisions with undersized properties and stated that each subdivision affects the town, she was not entirely sold on this project. Mrs. Vitale agreed with what was said by the other members. Mr. Sigler said this is not an odd shaped lot and felt building more was negative. Mr. Condon stated every application stands on its own merit and what is being asked for makes sense, but still felt if this is approved it sets a precedence. This lot is unique as to what it backs up to and he suggested they proceed with caution. Mr. Kearns thanked the Board for their time and input.

As there was no other business to come before the Board a motion was made by Mr. Sigler to adjourn, this seconded by Mrs. Vitale and unanimously approved by the Board, all aye. The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Karen S. Brisben Approved: Recording Secretary