Millburn Town Historical Preservation Commission Approves Historic Designation for Short Hills Village

In a move, the Millburn Town Historical Preservation Commission has unanimously approved the recommendation to designate Short Hills Village as a historic district. This decision, marking a step toward preserving the town’s historical character, was among the issues discussed in the recent commission meeting.

The recommendation for Short Hills Village’s historic designation was a focal point of the meeting. While the process leading to this decision raised questions among the members, including concerns about prior notice and the necessity to revise the agenda, the motion ultimately succeeded.

Another matter reviewed was a regulatory application for exterior improvements to a property within the Wyoming historic district. This application proposed a comprehensive transformation of the house, including raising the structure by one story, adding a new front portico, a two-story rear porch, and updates to windows, doors, and other exterior features. The architect representing the applicants laid out a plans which incorporated Hardy plank siding, white windows, and a moderate gray roofing material.

The commission engaged in a rigorous review of the application, expressing particular concerns about the potential impact of the proposed standing seam metal roof, the increased height of the property, and how the changes might affect the neighborhood’s character. The discussion delved into issues of compliance and the need for variances, revealing the complexities involved in updating historic properties.

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The proposed ceiling heights and materials, specifically the utilization of ASAC boards for the exterior, were also subjects of the commission’s scrutiny. The architect responded to each concern, providing justifications for the design choices and the practical necessities driving certain aspects of the project. Although no final decision was made during the meeting, the thorough debate underscored the commission’s role in carefully balancing preservation with progress.

Furthermore, the commission tackled a separate construction project where the applicant aimed to build above existing cathedral and tray ceilings. The intent to preserve the first floor’s integrity while adding dormers to the roof was discussed. A debate emerged over the aesthetic and structural implications of incorporating dormers, with diverging preferences among commission members and the applicant. Ultimately, the project received approval contingent on consulting with a designated individual regarding the property’s siding, a nod to the commission’s dedication to maintaining architectural congruity.

Public comments during the meeting revealed neighborly support for the construction project. The commission’s decisions and the ensuing discussions reflect a nuanced approach to managing the interplay between historic preservation and contemporary living requirements.

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In addition to these discussions, the commission entered an executive session to deliberate on pending or anticipated litigation. The nature of the litigation was not disclosed in the open session.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Annette Romano
Historic Preservation Commission Officials:
Alison Canfield, Elizabeth Wanga, Robert Frankel, Jessica Glatt, Karen Gaylord, Zachery Davis, Brad Jenkins, Justin Selan, Janine Bauer (Attorney), Frank Saccomandi (Township Committee Liaison), Crystal Woods (Secretary)

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