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UPDATE: March 4, 2023

The 201 Walnut Avenue application was approved by the Cranford Planning Board at their March 1, 2023 meeting.

The next phase of the development coming before the Planning Board is 108-126 South Avenue East, 32 High Street and 2 Chestnut Street. A diagram of the entire area is on page 4 of the Redevelopment Plan.

The Cranford Township Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 7 is expected to have a presentation of the North Avenue redevelopment area consisting of properties on North Avenue East, Springfield Avenue and Union Avenue North. A diagram of the redevelopment area is on page 4 of the Redevelopment Plan.

UPDATE: February 11, 2023

On February 15, 2023 the Cranford Planning Board will continue hearing the 201 Walnut Avenue application.

This is the Redevelopment Plan for the entire area.

750 Walnut Ave was discussed at the Township Committee meeting and the conditions the Planning Board placed on Hartz Mountain before voting to approve the project. The Township Committee plans to document those conditions to keep track of their progress.

All Planning Board and Official Township Committee meetings are recorded and available on the TV35 Meetings and On-Demand Programs page.

2023 Meeting Schedules are available on the Cranfordnj.org website:
Township Committee
Planning Board

UPDATE: February 2, 2023

The Cranford Planning Board voted to approved the Hartz Mountain 750 Walnut application on January 18, 2023 and returned it to the Township Committee.

The planning Board began hearing for 201 Walnut Avenue. This is one phase of the Redevelopment Plan also consisting of 100-126 South Ave, 2 Chestnut Street and 32 High Street Applicant is seeking Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan Approval to construct a three (3) story multi-family apartment building, consisting of thirty-four (34) market-rate units, two (2) affordable housing units, and three (3) special needs housing units, for a total of thirty-nine (39) units.

https://www.cranfordnj.org/planning-board/pages/201-walnut-avenue has the documents related to 201 Walnut Avenue.

On January 24, 2023 the Township Committee also approved the redeveloper’s plans for the 100-126 South Avenue Phase of the Rehabilitation Area as consistent with the Redevelopment Plan, and authorizes submission of a Site Plan Application to the Planning Board for the South Avenue Phase.

The redevelopment agreement for the entire project is at https://www.cranfordnj.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif436/f/uploads/2022.05.20_-draft_revised_redevelopment_agmt.pdf

UPDATE: January 1, 2023

The hearing for 750 Walnut Avenue closed December 14 at the Cranford Planning Board meeting. Deliberations and voting are scheduled for January 18, 2023 after the 6:30 pm reorganization meeting. Residents can watch live on TV35 or Tv35’s livestream on Facebook.

The 201 Walnut Avenue application hearing is also scheduled to begin on January 18, 2023.

UPDATE: December 26, 2022

At the Township Committee Meeting on December 13, 2022 ordinances establishing PILOT agreements (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) for 750 Walnut Ave and South Ave-Walnut Ave were adopted by a 3 to 1 vote. The Ordinances are:

Ordinance 2022-27 for 750 Walnut Ave

Ordinance 2022-28 for South Ave-Walnut Ave

UPDATE: December 7, 2022

Bernards Township put together a list of all the NJ State Legislature bills related to Affordable Housing that have been proposed. 

The Affordable Housing Court approved and signed Cranford’s Fair Share Affordable Housing Plan on May 11, 2021. Cranford has immunity from builder’s remedy lawsuits until July 2025.

More information on the Plan is here. There are also pages on the various Plan projects on this site and on the Cranfordnj.org website.

In June 2022, the Cranford Township Committee approved a resolution opposing NJ Senate Bill (S2103) that preempts local zoning regulations. Cranford joined 10 other NJ municipalities calling for action to get the courts out of the affordable housing arena and and return authority to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).

These are all of the bills that have been proposed in the NJ State Legislature related to Affordable Housing as of December 6, 2022. Thanks to Bernards Township for putting this together.

Links to several Statewide Affordable Housing News Articles are available on the News page.

2022 Township general Meeting Schedules and Start Times:

Zoning Board: Every other Monday at 7:30 pm
Planning Board:  Every other Wednesday at 8:00 pm
Township Committee Workshop Meetings: Every other Monday at 7:00 pm
Township Committee Official Meetings: Every other Tuesday at 7:30 pm

Township Committee Workshop meetings are open to the public but are not televised or recorded.

2023 Meeting Schedules:

Planning Board:

Township Committee:

Zoning Board:

Schedule changes will be posted on each webpage for the Township Committee and Boards and the Cranfordnj.org home page Calendar tab when they become available.

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. Updates to the agenda can be made up to the day of the meeting.