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UPDATE:  January 11, 2020

2020 Township Committee Meeting Schedule is available here. Planning Board and Zoning Board Meeting Schedules will be available soon. See January 2020 meeting dates below.

See the News Articles page for recent articles on overdevelopment state-wide

The Cranford Township Committee voted to approve the Settlement Agreement negotiated between the township and Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) on November 12, 2019.

A Fairness Hearing is scheduled for February 19, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Union County Courthouse. The public is allowed to attend.

The Settlement Agreement is here:

Cranford 2018 – 2025 Fair Share Plan Documents

The Settlement Agreement negotiated between Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) and the Township in November 2019 is here:

2018 Fair Share Plan Draft Summary for the Township of Cranford

2018 Fair Share Full Plan Draft

2018 Fair Share Plan Downtown Overlay Map

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.

The 2020 meeting schedule for Cranford Township Committee Meetings is available here. Planning Board and Zoning Board Meeting Schedules will be available soon.

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 (new time)

See the Cranford website for updates or changes

Next Meetings:
Township Committee:  Thursday, 01-02-2020 Reorganization Meeting @ 6:00 pm; Tuesday, Jan 7 & 28 @ 7:30 pm
Zoning Board: Monday, Jan 13 & 27 @ 7:30 pm
Planning Board: Wednesday, 01-15-2020 Reorganization Meeting @ 7:30 pm

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

Township Committee Myrtle St. Property & Planning Board Experts this week

Because the February 12 Cranford Township Committee meeting was cancelled due to bad weather, the resolution will be reconsidered and discussed at a meeting on Tuesday, February 19 according to Mayor Giblin’s interview in The Westfield Leader. The Planning Board’s experts will begin their presentations concerning the Hartz 750 Walnut Ave application on Wednesday, February 20. …