Franklin Lakes April 1, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 11 Builder reviews Omaha Way planning concerns by Frank J. McMahon A professional engineer who prepared plans for a three lot subdivision of a 14 acre, steeply sloped property on Omaha Way recently attended a Franklin Lakes Planning Board meeting to address the concerns of the borough’s engineering firm, Boswell McClave. Mark Built Homes of Union is proposing the subdivision on a site surrounded by residential properties on three sides and High Mountain Park property in Wayne on the south side. The property is located in the borough’s A-130 zone, which permits 80,000 square foot lots if water or sewer service is available. United Water has indicated that water would be provided to the site if these plans were approved. Project engineer Andrew Hipolit addressed all the points raised in a recent letter from Boswell Engineering, including the need to determine if nearby wetlands could impact this site, the potential disturbance of the heavily treed and steeply sloped property, and whether houses should be built on all three lots or just two in order to diminish the disturbance of the site. Additional concerns Hipolit addressed included whether some preliminary concept plans should be presented to the board to show the location of the proposed houses, the drainage plan for the site, the potential for endangered species on the site, and the height and design of the retaining walls proposed for the steep slopes on the property. Hipolit told the board that isolated wetlands are located more than 150 feet from this property, and there is no need to resubmit the application to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to determine if those isolated wetlands could impact this site. He said the plans that have been submitted to the board reflect the maximum disturbance potential for the large estate homes that are planned to be built on the three lots. Hipolit agreed to provide conceptual drawings showing the disturbance difference between building three houses on three lots or building the three houses on two of the lots, but he maintained that the current plan minimizes the potential soil removal and disturbance of the site. The board requested site plans showing the potential location of houses on the lots and Jerome Vogel, the builder’s attorney, said building envelopes could be shown on the plans to address that request. Hipolit said his client has agreed to come back once the subdivision is approved and show individual site plans for each lot when house are to be built. He explained that the potential houses on these lots would be very large, and the current plans show the maximum possible disturbance for those houses. According to Hipolit, the drainage plan proposed for the site meets or exceeds the state’s residential site improvement standards for two, 10 and 100 year storms and it meets Boswell’s design. There have been no sightings of endangered species on (continued on page 14) Antique Show Sat & Sun, April 4 & 5 Northerm Highlands Regional H.S. 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