Welcome to the CRAO website

UPDATE:  November 28, 2020

At a Virtual Town Hall on November 17th, residents were updated on negotiations with Hartz Mountain on a possible settlement concerning 750 Walnut Avenue. This settlement would split the property in two with a flex warehouse on one side and a 250 unit apartment complex on the other with 38 affordable units.

In return, Hartz requests, and the Township is open to, a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes), although they have not discussed or agreed on a specific plan. Negotiations continue.

Here is a TAPinCranford article about this.

Due to the negotiations, the court approved  postponing the joint Fairness and Compliance hearings until January 19, 2021.

Cranford 2018 – 2025 Fair Share Plan Documents

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.

To stay informed on this issue, please Signup for our eNewsletter below.

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:
Township Committee Meetings. Start time for public portion:  7:30 pm
Planning Board Meetings. Start time for public portion: 8:00 pm
Zoning Board Meetings. Start time for public portion: 7:45 pm

See the Cranford website for updates or changes

All meetings are at the Cranford Municipal Building
8 Springfield Avenue
Cranford Parking Guide

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 & …