River Edge Land Use Board Addresses Controversial Patio Installations and Home Additions

In a recent meeting on November 29, 2023, the River Edge Land Use Board tackled numerous issues surrounding home expansions and patio installations, particularly on Summit Avenue and Center Street. The board scrutinized the proposed home additions and patio installations, focusing on the need to strike a balance between homeowners’ desires and the necessity of adhering to local zoning regulations.

The discussion heated up as the board examined the application by Andrew IP for the installation of a new patio and walkways on Summit Avenue. IP, proposing an plan to meet the needs of his expanding family, faced a barrage of questioning from the board. The proposed 37% coverage exceeded the standard 35% limit, leading to a thorough debate around the dimensions of the patio and walkways. Concerns about the impact of the proposed patio on the property’s water runoff were also raised, with board members stressing the need for a comprehensive drainage strategy to mitigate any adverse effects on neighboring properties. Despite the applicant’s willingness to consider using permeable pavers or a drainage system, the application was tabled until the contractor could participate.

The board also took a deep dive into the application by Quang S. Lee for an addition to his home on Center Street. Lee, through his son as an interpreter, proposed the addition to provide more living space for his family. Concerns were raised about the increase in coverage and slight non-conformity with setback regulations. The board examined the specific dimensions and setback requirements, ensuring that the proposed addition would align with zoning regulations. The board approved the application conditionally, requiring the existing AC units to be replaced and rescreened in their current location, with any new or supplementary units complying with zoning regulations.

Councilman Chinigo, during the discussion on the Angelini residence’s patio expansion application, underscored the community’s recurrent concern of flooding and drainage due to increased property coverage. Board members proposed a 36.

The meeting didn’t just focus on patios, though. The board also reviewed an application for a two-story addition at the Sartori property. The proposed addition, aimed at enhancing the property’s appearance while maintaining neighborhood scale and style, complied with the maximum allowable lot coverage.

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.

Thomas R. Papaleo
Land Use Board Officials:
Councilman Chinigo, Chris Caslin, Richard Merhman, Eileen Boland, James Arakelian, Ryan Gibbons, Michael Krey, Bruce Feffer, Gary Esposito, Colin Busteed, Tom Behrens (Borough Planner), Robert Costa (Engineer), Thomas Behrens (Land Use Officer), Marina Stinely (Land Use Attorney), Ed Alter (Land Use Clerk)

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