Lake Como Development Briefs: Home Expansions, Demolition OK'd; Planning Board Membership Changes

A dwelling at 1819 Briarwood Terrace, Lake Como, will be demolished by the borough with a lien being placed on the property for all related expenses, under an agreement with the property owner. Credits: Cathy Goetz

LAKE COMO, NJ — During the past month, borough officials have taken the following action on development-related projects, including approving plans for two home additions, razing an uninhabitable structure and making membership changes to the planning board.

Planning Board OKs 2 Home Expansions

A Bradley Terrace resident will be able to add a second floor to his home, but on the condition that a rear structure on the property not be able to be rented.

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The Lake Como Planning Board approved on August 14 an application by Thomas Wester of 1815 Bradley Terrace to build a second-floor addition consisting of two bedrooms and a bathroom on his existing two-bedroom, one-bath home. In return, Wester agreed to remove the kitchen and shower in a back dwelling, which had been rented by the previous owner, so that it would no longer meet standards to be rented in the future. Instead, the one-bedroom dwelling will be considered an accessory structure to the main house, bringing the total number of bedrooms to five for the entire property.

The board’s approval also requires that a deed restriction on the back house stipulating the condition be included as part of the official record.

Because the existing home does not meet setback requirements under current residential zoning, Wester was seeking an expansion of a nonconforming use. The new 600-square-foot second floor addition will bring the home’s total square footage to 2,080.

Also under the approval, the elimination of a chimney on the front house will make way for two off-street parking spaces, where there is now one, although zoning for a five-bedroom home requires three.

The planning board also memorialized a July 10 variance approval that gives Eric Mayerson and Janice Bihler of 1823 Greenwood Terrace the go-ahead to add a second-floor dormer above the existing front porch to their one-bedroom home. They also will replace a concrete driveway with pavers, reducing the impervious coverage on their property.

Briarwood Terrace Dwelling to be Demolished

 Lake Como Borough Council on July 18 authorized the demolition of a dwelling at 1819 Briarwood Terrace, deeming it “unfit for human habitation.”

In an agreement with property owner Deborah Kendrick, the borough will be responsible for the demolition and all related expenses, resulting in a lien that will be placed on the 4,000-square-foot property.

To date, the borough has entered into a contract with AVH Demolition of Lacey, which submitted the lowest bid for the work at $6,900. It also has incurred an additional $1,115 in search and legal fees related to the project.

Before the demolition work can begin on the 1,000-square-foot structure, the property must undergo asbestos testing, as required by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Planning Board Elevates 2 Members, Adds Alternate

With the recent resignation of planning board vice chairperson Deborah Hilliard, the borough council on August 1 made the following changes, which took effect at the planning board's August 14 meeting. Alternate member Kathleen Madaras was elevated to full-member status. Her four-year term will expire on December 31, 2019. Second alternate Nicholas DeMauro has become a first alternate whose two-year term will end on December 31, 2018, and Jonathan Kumfert was named second alternate with a two-year term that expires on December 31, 2019.

The planning board expects to name a new vice chairperson at its September 11 meeting.


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