Maple Shade Board Approves Varied Development Plans Amid Concerns

In a recent Maple Shade Planning Board meeting, varied development plans were approved, including a proposal for office space with auto service operations, a reconfiguration of a site plan for age-restricted housing, and the setup of a seasonal tap shed. Amid discussions on parking availability, stormwater management, and emergency access, the board granted approvals with conditions aimed at compliance and addressing public safety concerns.

A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to addressing the proposal for office space and the utilization of the back building for auto service operations. The proposal encompassed a range of modifications, including regrading the front parking lot for ADA compliance and widening the drive aisle to 25 feet. The board considered the addition of inlets and piping to improve drainage conditions, as well as landscaping enhancements with shrubbery and shade trees. Lighting fixtures were proposed to ensure ample light coverage across the parking lot. The board examined variances required for lot area, yard setbacks, parking lot buffer, and side yard buffers, most of which were existing non-conforming conditions. The discussion extended to easements for storm lines, access to the township detention basin, and Rotary Way, as well as the need for parking spots and variances for the driveway width.

In relation to the proposed development, the board debated reducing impervious coverage by replacing it with grass to mitigate accidental vehicle storage. There was also a dialogue about the number of employees, operational hours, and infrastructure details like concrete curbing. The storm sewer system’s capacity to handle drainage issues was a topic, with the board scrutinizing the flood lights’ proposed down lighting and the location of the trash enclosure. The board also explored the site’s use restrictions, ensuring it would not be utilized for residential purposes, and discussed the maintenance of a 20-foot buffer in the front and a 25-foot buffer adjacent to residential areas.

Another focal point was the application for a property on West Main Street by Baron Urban Renewal Association LP, intended for age-restricted housing and retail. The applicant sought to eliminate parking spaces from a previously approved plan to accommodate emergency vehicles’ maneuverability. The board requested further information on the proposed site plan changes and their impact on parking availability. Nathan Mosley presented a parking study indicating that the parking lot is sometimes full during peak times, prompting the board to consider the parking situation carefully.

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The board also evaluated a proposal for a seasonal tap shed by Dr. Brewliters Beer Company, which required variances for rear yard and buffer. The applicant proposed using foliage and fake foliage to mitigate the impact on the surrounding area and comply with township requirements for signage.

Additionally, the meeting approved a steel shipping container for use as a shelter during outdoor events, and a proposal for a property on Willow Road to be used as a passenger vehicle repair facility. The latter proposal faced scrutiny regarding the parking situation and the overall condition of the property.

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Mayor:
Steve Schmidt
Planning Board Officials:
Joe Dugan, John Gee, Fred Turek (Engineer), Stephen J. Boraske, Esq. (Attorney Planning Board), Robert Kingsbury, Esq. (Attorney Zoning Board)

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