Planning Board Greenlights Dwelling Proposals, Suspends Decision on Auto Body Shop Redevelopment

In a recent Fort Lee Planning Board meeting, several significant property development proposals ignited intense discussions among board members and the public. These include an amended building height proposal by Hemant & Sangita Prajapati, a two-unit dwelling proposal by 1 Casper Lane, LLC, and a new three-unit dwelling project by Rock Solid Built, LLC. The contentious meeting also revisited an earlier discussion regarding an application for a use variance by Y&K Realty Inc. & ZYST, LLC for a local auto body shop’s redevelopment.

Board members H. Liapes, D. Conway, H. Joh, J. Luppino, E. Hong, and D. Sugarman were present for these crucial deliberations. One of the most controversial points of the meeting emerged during the discussion of Docket #11-23, the Prajapati’s proposal for an amended building height at 502 Brinkerhoff Avenue. Architect Frank Troia detailed the slight increase in the building height, causing disagreement with Chairman Sugarman, who argued the roof’s modification from flat to partially pitched was a ploy to sidestep the requirement for sprinklers. Despite these disagreements, the Board eventually granted the approval to amend the building height with a unanimous vote of 5-0.

During the discussion of Docket #8-23, architect James McNight presented his plans for a two-unit dwelling by 1 Casper Lane, LLC. The plans necessitated several variances due to the lot’s irregular shape, which led to dissent from Mr. Liapes. However, planner David Spatz clarified that despite the need for variances, the proposed structure’s height and on-site parking conformed with local regulations. The application will continue at the next meeting scheduled for July 11, 2023.

The board also reviewed Docket #13-23, proposed by Rock Solid Built, LLC for a new three-unit structure to replace an existing two-story brick and frame dwelling. Despite initial confusion about the structure’s apparent four-story height, the Board, following discussion and public inquiries, approved the application unanimously.

Perhaps the most contentious application under discussion was Docket #38-22 by Y&K Realty Inc. & ZYST, LLC. The proposal involved the redevelopment of an auto body shop into a self-storage facility. Despite Planner Brigette Bogart’s argument that the proposed use would generate low traffic and create income, the Board did not make a final decision, with Mr. Sinisi indicating that a parking variance may be required once they proceed further in the application process.

The Fort Lee Planning Board’s recent meeting underscored the community’s ongoing struggle to balance development needs with preserving the local character and meeting safety requirements. With several critical decisions suspended until the next meeting, residents and developers alike will be keenly watching how the Fort Lee Planning Board will shape the town’s future landscape.

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.
Not avaliable:

Planning Board Officials:

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending meetings
across the country:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Airport Advisory Board
Art and Culture Board
Beach Committee
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
Building Committee
Cannabis Control Board
Cemetery Commission
Charter Revision Commission
Child and Family Services Board
City Council
City Identity Committee
Code Enforcement Board
College Board of Trustees
Community Appearance Board
Community Preservation Committee
Community Redevelopment Agency
County Council
Disability Advisory Committee
Economic Development Board
Elderly Affairs Board
Electric Advisory Board
Environmental Commission
Financial Oversight Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Human Resources Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Licensing Board
Mental Health Commission
Municipal Alliance
Open Space Commission
Oversight and Review Committee
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Pension Board
Planning Board
Police Review Board
Property Assessment Board
Public Safety Committee
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Control Board
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Special Magistrate
Taxation & Revenue Advisory Committee
Tourism Board
Trails Committee
Transportation Board
Utility Board
Value Adjustment Board
Veterans Committee
Water Control Board
Women's Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by County
FL
Bay County
Bradford County
Brevard County
Broward County
Clay County
Duval County
Escambia County
Gulf County
Hendry County
Highlands County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Leon County
Levy County
Liberty County
Manatee County
Marion County
Martin County
Miami-Dade County
Monroe County
Okaloosa County
Orange County
Osceola County
Palm Beach County
Pasco County
Pinellas County
Polk County
Putnam County
Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County
Seminole County
St. Johns County
Taylor County
Volusia County
Walton County
MA
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
NJ
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County
Filter by sourcetypes
Minutes
Recording