I have before me an application that in and of itself is not a bad subdivision for around 400+ SF & THs and some commercial. It's on a County Road triggering my jurisdiction on frontage improvements etc.
My dillema is this is phase 2 of a project where in phase 1 the developer is only now finishing up their required improvements, the past planners before me had let this get to where it is now by not staying on the developers back. Back in the 80's when phase 1 was developed noone knew a phase 2 would be submitted in the future, it was not part of an overall plan. However, since phase 1 project left such a bad taste in the public's mouth and it ends up the developer violated many EPA and NJDEP regulations that phase 2 may have to be redrawn. Now, this is speculative and will most likely end up in a redesign, but I HAVE to make a recommendation in my staff report to the board in July.
My problem is my supervisor is telling me to extend is for the 3rd time or deny the project both of which will probably not make a happy developer. I view this project as, if it were a stand alone project not tied to this developer it is a pretty good project. However, since I am pretty sure of what is to come, even if I give it an approval I'm almost guaranteed it will be back before my board in the future with a new design triggering new approvals all around. My boss doesn't want us to be the only regulatory division to give this approval while the EPA and NJDEP and the town will deny it and make us look 'sympathetic' to the developer.
I really need some guidance on what to do here, I have 3 weeks.