September 2, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 17 Sustainable Jersey (continued from page 4) open space and create recreational opportunities within the municipality. The council’s resolution explains that the governing body wants to optimize the quality of life for its residents by ensuring that its environmental, economic, and social objectives are balanced and mutually supportive, and it states that the township strives to save tax dollars, assure clean land, air and water, and improve working and living environments as steps to building a sustainable community that will thrive well into this century. The resolution also acknowledges that Mahwah res- Chai Lifeline (continued from page 5) relationship is permanent. He said the word permanent in the zoning ordinance refers to a relationship and not to the occupation of a house for a period of time. Board member Richard DeSilva voiced the concern, however, that if the board overturns the zoning officer’s interpretation of the ordinance, the occupants of the house might be considered residents at some time in the future and that could create a liability on the part of the township to educate the multiple children living there. William Smith, an attorney representing a neighbor of the Chai Lifeline house, suggested the proposed use would be “transient” housing. He questioned Jakubowski on the meaning of “transient” and “transitional” housing and how those terms are used by the Council on Affordable Housing. Mahwah Township Planner Joseph Burgis advised that the township’s zoning ordinance does not permit transient housing in any zone in the township. Smith also asked Jakubowski if this type of use should be permitted in any single family zone and in any single family house in Mahwah. Jakubowski responded that it should. Smith then asked Jakubowski if the character of the neighborhood would change if several homes in this neighborhood had the proposed type of use. Jakubowski said it would not be noticed because there would be no more activity in that single family neighborhood than a typical single family neighborhood and it would, in fact, be quieter because the homes would not be used every day. Board Chairman George Cimis suggested that, if the board overturned the zoning officer’s interpretation of the ordinance, the zoning officer might have to agree to permit every other single family property owner to use his or her home as Chai proposes. Cimis also voiced concern that Chai has indicated that it will not provide the identity of any of its occupants, and he asked how that would comport with the idea of a family neighborhood. Jakubowski countered that there are many places where people do not know everyone in their neighborhood, and that does not diminish the neighborhood. A neighbor of the River Retreat, Robert Amaranti, advised the board that all residents of that area use a common roadway, and each has a license to use the roadway that says they must be a permanent resident. Cimis asked Marc Leibman, the attorney for Chai Lifeline, to research that issue and advise the board at the next meeting. Leibman presented a legal analysis of the zoning officer’s determination that this use is not permitted. The attorney claimed the proposed use is consistent with single family housing because no more than one family would use the residence at one time. He also said the use could not be considered transient housing; because that type of housing is not defined in the ordinance, the argument that his client is proposing transient housing is without basis in law or in fact. He also suggested that, under the previous zoning officer’s logic, a homeowner in Mahwah would not be permitted to allow his friends to use his house for a few days or weeks without being in violation of the ordinance. Leibman described other legal decisions which invalidated those types of ordinances, and he stated that the law must be interpreted to permit the legal use proposed by Chai Lifeline. The board will continue to hear testimony on this matter at its Oct. 21 public meeting. idents desire a stable, sustainable future for themselves and future generations and that Mahwah wishes to support a model government that benefits its residents now and far into the future by exploring and adopting sustainable, economically sound local government practices. Council President John DaPuzzo said the resolution does not force the township to provide any funding at this time, although there could be some funding required in the future. Chance Parker, a member of the township’s environmental commission, urged the council to pass the resolution of support for the program. Parker confirmed that it did not commit the township to any funding. Councilman Samuel Alderisio supported the resolution along with DaPuzzo and Councilman John Roth. Councilman Allan Kidd did not vote in favor of the measure, saying he was concerned it would take money from Mahwah and give to other communities. He also said he was concerned that there were not enough details available about the program. Troop 31 Eagle Scout candidate Ryan McDermott was presented a plaque from Ramey Mayor Christopher Botta for his beautification project at the Ramsey Pool. McDermott recently began his freshman year at Saint Michael’s College. Scout recognized The Little Gym of Waldwick had a makeover this summer, Come See Our New Look. Miss Melissa is back teaching at The Little Gym of Waldwick, Come get reacquainted. 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