The Hoboken Planning Board spent about four-and-a-half hours on one witness at their first Story Dispensary hearing last night despite allowing residents to ask questions until about 11:30 p.m.
Just after 7 p.m., Board Chair Frank Magaletta explained that both the applicant and the objector would present their case, which includes expert testimony, cross examination of those experts, residents asking experts questions, and then public comment.
Commissioner Jim Doyle, also a councilman-at-large and a the council’s designee on the board, wanted to ensure that the project didn’t require a C variance, since that would be beyond the board’s purview.
“A D variance is needed in this case. There is a requirement of ordinance that there be a loading zone located on the block for any retail or service business use,” explained Board Counsel Scott Carlson.
“This is a conditional use and/or conditional placed upon by ordinance – specifically again 196-33:1. If any of those conditions is not met, it then does become a use variance known as a D-3 variance and the matter is cognizable in front of the zoning board of adjustment and not the planning board.”
Carlson continued that the loading zone