Zoning Board Debates Variances, Fence Issue and Plans for Additions in Livingston Town Meeting

In a recent meeting, the Livingston Town Zoning Board tackled a range of issues, including several requests for variances and debates over proposed property additions and fence regulations. The meeting’s key discussion points centered around the size and impact of proposed additions, debates over the classification of habitable floor space, and a violation concerning a chain link fence.

The meeting kicked off with Gary and Darice Tufaro’s application for a two-car garage on East Mclen Avenue, which would violate the accessory building height regulations. The Tufaros had revised their original design, reducing the height by two feet and removing the dormers. However, the board expressed mixed opinions on the variance application, with some members voicing concerns over the height and potential impact on the neighborhood. Despite acknowledging the improvements made, the board did not reach a decision, leaving the application unresolved.

Further deliberations ensued over another garage application, this time from Mr. Valerio. Once again, the height of the proposed structure was the primary bone of contention. An underground construction was suggested, but Mr. Valerio opted to revise the plans and seek further guidance from the building department. The Board also approved Mr. Shra’s variance requests for a new single-family residence, subject to the removal of a shed from the property.

A debate sparked over Mr. Gupta’s application to build a deck extending 20 feet into the rear yard. The applicant cited the current deck’s impractical size as the reason behind his request. However, board members expressed differing opinions on the proposed deck’s dimensions and its impact on the neighborhood.

Among the proposed additions, Ajit Bodi’s plan for a second story addition in violation of various zoning sections garnered attention. Bodi’s architect, Paul U, justified the request on the grounds of remote work needs and the limitations imposed by the undersized lot. The board did not reach a final decision on this application, and it was expected to continue at a later date.

A proposed addition to a property on Maple Wood also sparked debate. The applicant aimed to add a study to the existing floor plan while maintaining the house’s current elevation. Board member, Tony Nardone voiced skepticism, noting that the house was too large for the lot and expressing reservations about approving variances for both habitable floor area and habitable floor ratio. The board recommended adjourning the application for revisions, scheduling a follow-up meeting for February 27th, 2024.

The meeting also addressed a fence issue, with Rodney Brown applying for a variance to allow a 5-foot chain-link fence on his property, exceeding the town’s front and side yard fence regulations by one foot. The board expressed concerns about the fence’s encroachment into the right of way and suggested potential solutions, such as adding screening to shield it. However, the board adjourned the discussion to April 23, 2024, emphasizing the need for a new survey to determine the fence’s exact location and compliance with the right of way.

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.

Michael M. Vieira
Zoning Board Officials:
Lauren Tabak Fass, Edward Bier, James Hochberg, Tony Nardone, Pearl Hwang, Jared Resnick, Laurie Kahn, Ketan Bhuptani, Michael Affrunti, Jackie Coombs-Hollis (Land Use Administrator)

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