Welcome to the CRAO website

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, March 21 @ 7:30 pm
Zoning Board: Monday, March 26 @ 8:00 pm
Township Committee: Tuesday, March 27 @ 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 – March 21 @ 7:30 pm

Municipal Building, 8 Springfield Ave, Cranford. Application for 215-235 Birchwood Ave Site Plan. Site Plan Document. 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. An explanation of Procedures for Planning Board Meetings is at: https://www.cranfordrao.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/planning-board-procedures-explanation.pdf

Downtown Strategic Plan Meeting – Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm

The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 pm in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. For updates, see: https://www.cranfordnj.org/downtown-cranford/events/11433 “The Downtown Management Corporation (DMC) Board invites the public to participate in a Strategic Planning process that will cover a variety of topics including pedestrian safety, public space improvements, development, and re-investment …