NUTLEY, NJ - At the June 7, meeting of the Nutley Planning Board, it was announced that a special ‘site plan allocation’ meeting will be held on June 28. The only item on the agenda to be heard will be the application that addresses parking and internal roadways for the new Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
According to Planning Board attorney Barry Kozyra, the Seton Hall planner and traffic expert will attend as well as Township Engineer Todd Hay and Planner Paul Ricci who have done preliminary reviews.
Kozyra said: “This particular application for site plan has to do with review of parking and some internal roadways which you do not have in that pile (of plans) tonight. You will have these plans ten days before the hearing.” Regarding the submitted architectural plans Kozyra exclaimed: “It’s huge! What we are trying to do is get you a smaller digitized version…one that will actually fit in your car…”
Kozyra also informed the Board and the one Nutley citizen who attended the meeting that there was a previous meeting with the applicant. "Hackensack, many of our town officials… Mr. Evans, Mr. Ferraro, Mr. Genitempo, Mr. Hay, I was there too" and “many many many other people were there. There were engineers and planners, officials from Seton Hall - Hackensack… it was a packed group. Actually I came here to town hall [for the meeting] and couldn’t find a parking place. We had a lot of changes the Planning Board requested [at that meeting]”
When acting Chairperson Carol Tangorra asked the Board members if June 28 worked for the members Thomas Evans said: “The meeting was a ‘technical review meeting’ which is held in the Code office to review complex plans. My understanding is there is supposed to be a follow up technical review meeting before the plans are submitted… Recognizing where we are…. I was cautioned that we may need to revisit that date [June 28] because we do not want to meet unless they were absolutely ready and we are satisfied that they were absolutely ready [ with plan revision recommendations]
Kozyra commented: ‘One of the concerns we have with such a significant project for the community is that we want to make sure it is right. We had problems with some of the plans that were submitted. Our professionals were outstanding in reviewing those plans and making it much better plans for Nutley.”
Other items addressed during the meeting were security entrance plans for the four Nutley Public schools included in the school expansion project. Under state law, the board was invited to provide comments on the plans. The time frame for the board members to submit ideas and comments is two weeks.
Chairman Philip McGovern did not attend the meeting.
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