Raritan Planning Board Approves Master Plan Consistency for Flag Poles and Vacating Cul-de-sacs

At the latest Raritan Planning Board meeting, members approved two items referred from the township committee concerning local infrastructure and regulations. The board found the vacating of portions of Big’s Place and Clarage Lane not inconsistent with the master plan, effectively removing non-existent cul-de-sacs from the township’s map. Additionally, an amendment was passed regarding the clarity of flagpole and lighting regulations in residential and non-residential areas.

The vacating of portions of Big’s Place and Clarage Lane was brought forth as a straightforward measure to correct the township’s map by removing cul-de-sacs that do not physically exist. This action is not inconsistent with the master plan, as confirmed by the board, and serves to streamline municipal records.

The amendment to section 296-148 of the township’s ordinance addressed the definitions and regulations of structures, specifically flag poles and lighting. The board discussed how this amendment was prompted by a need to clarify the ordinance due to various applicants seeking relief for flag poles in the past where there was confusion on requirements. The clarification ensures that certain structures like KNX boxes, hot boxes, and meter vaults no longer require variances, making the process more efficient. This amendment was also found to be not inconsistent with the master plan.

In other matters, the board approved the minutes from the February 14th meeting and addressed a previously denied application from Caitlin Ryan Pers for 5 Leslie Court. Due to the applicant’s delay in escrow payments, a “mini-resolution” was agreed upon, which entailed less detailed documentation and a reduced fee that covered the costs up to the denial of the application.

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Furthermore, the board briefly mentioned the upcoming township committee discussion on land use, reminding members of a presentation scheduled for the following Tuesday. The committee is reviewing a document on land use, which several planning board members have contributed to.

Lastly, the board noted that the next meeting on March 27th would be eventful with two public hearings scheduled, including one for Flemington Industrial and another for F Greek Development Inc. The latter had been postponed several times, with the most recent deferral to the March meeting.

Board members discussed the possibility of keeping a running list of pending applications, similar to what is done for the Board of Adjustment, to help track and prepare for upcoming meetings. This suggestion was well-received and considered helpful for the board’s organization.

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Mayor:
Scott Sipos
Planning Board Officials:
Edward J. Gettings, Donna Drewes, Michelle Cavalchire, Judi DiGiandomenico, Scott MacDade, Robyn Fatooh, Dennis Concannon, James Miller, Glenn Sokoloski, John Belardo (Board Attorney), Jeffrey Vaccarella (Township Planner), Rakesh Darji (Township & Board Engineer), John Morgan Thomas (Township & Board Landscape Architect), Jessica Caldwell (Board Planner), Jay Troutman (Board Traffic Consultant)

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