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UPDATE: May 17, 2018

Planning Board May 16 – Hartz Mountain began testimony with first expert for application to re-zone 750 Walnut Ave. from “Commercial” to “Residential” so they can build 905 apartments.

Testimony of Hartz witnesses will continue at next Planning Board meeting on June 6th.

It is VITALLY IMPORTANT residents get involved.  A separate web page has been created specifically on the Hartz application for 750 Walnut Avenue. You can access it from the top menu or here.

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 most recent 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.



Next Meetings:
Planning Board: Wednesday, June 6 and June 20 @ 8:00 pm
Zoning Board: Monday, June 11 and June 25 @ 8:00 pm
Township Committee: Tuesday, June 12 and June 26 @ 7:30 pm

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.

Signs are now available at three local homes for front porch pick-up from 8am-8pm every day. Just walk up, drop $10 in the mailbox and take one of the signs!

Email CraoCranford@gmail.com for details and pickup locations.

Meetings & Updates

Cranford Planning Board Meeting – May 16 @ 7:30 pm

Municipal Building, 8 Springfield Ave, Cranford. Hartz Mountain application to rezone 750 Walnut Ave from commercial to residential is expected to be heard. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available at: https://www.cranfordnj.org/minutes-and-agendas. Agendas must be posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  Any changes will be posted on a revised meeting agenda on https://www.cranfordnj.org/minutes-and-agendas. An explanation …

Cranford Township Committee Meeting – Tues. May 8 @ 7:30 pm

Cranford Township Committee Meeting, Tuesday, May 8th @ 7:30 pm. Final Reading & Public Hearing on Birchwood PILOT agreement – Ordinance 2018-08: “Approving application for a long term tax exemption and authorizing the execution of a financial agreement with Birchwood Developers Associates, LLC.”  Last chance to question or comment on PILOT agreement. Here is a copy of the …