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UPDATE:  February 25, 2021

There will be a public hearing on the latest draft Fair Share Plan on March 3, 2021. The Plan is here.

Cranford released a report on the “Area in need of rehabilitation for certain
properties on South Avenue and Chestnut Street”. Here is the report.

The Township of Cranford and Hartz Mountain have agreed to a settlement regarding 750 Walnut Ave. It splits the property into two 15 acre parcels. One will have flex warehouse space. The other will have 250 apartments with 38 Affordable Housing units.

They have also agreed in principle to a 30 year PILOT for the residential portion.

Here is the draft settlement resolution.

Here is the Settlement Summary and PILOT

The Fairness and Compliance hearing is rescheduled for April 12, 2021.

Cranford 2018 – 2025 Fair Share Plan Documents

The Township drafted a new Fair Share Plan in February 2021 including the settlement with Hartz Mountain. Here is the latest Fair Share Plan.

On August 17, 2020 the Township sent a Revised Fair Share Plan daft to the Court.  The Plan continues to include a housing development at 750 Walnut Ave.

The Downtown Overlay Zone Legend and Map is here.

The November 2018 Settlement Agreement between Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) and the Township is here:

The original 2018 Fair Share Plan Draft Summary is still available.

We are an informal network of Cranford residents concerned about high-density overdevelopment in New Jersey. The network’s purpose is to provide up-to-date information about current and proposed Cranford development projects, like 750 Walnut Ave, and to connect people who wish to participate in efforts to oppose threats of over-development.

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The largest project is Hartz Mountain Industries proposed 905 mostly luxury rental unit complex at 750 Walnut Avenue. This will increase Cranford’s population by up to 10%, severely straining our school system, emergency services, and traffic patterns in and around Cranford.

The 2020 Township Meeting Schedules and Start Times:

Re-organization Meetings:
Township Committee: Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Planning Board:  held virtually on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Zoning Board: held virtually on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm

2021 Township Committee Meeting schedule is here.   Note: Official meeting start time is changed to 8:00 pm

See the Cranford website for updates or changes

All meetings are at the Cranford Municipal Building
8 Springfield Avenue
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Agendas and Minutes for all meetings are here:

Agendas for all public meetings must be posted at least 48 hours before the meeting. This is required by the Open Public Meetings Act.


It is important that all residents show united resistance to the massive apartment complex planned for 750 Walnut Ave., Cranford, NJ!

Lawn signs are now available for $10.
Email CraoCranford@gmail.com for details and pickup locations.


Meetings & Updates

Update: Cranford Township Remaining Meeting Schedules

Refer to Agendas for any changes and to verify if a particular meeting is on-site or virtual. Agendas and Minutes are at: https://www.cranfordnj.org/minutes-and-agendas Township Committee: Combined Workshop & Official Meeting – Tuesday, September 8th 6:30 pm Workshop Meeting – Monday, September 21st 7:00 p.m. Official Meeting – Tuesday, September 22th 7:30 pm Combined Workshop & …