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UPDATE:  October 12, 2019

October 1, 2019 – Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Launches Petition to bring common sense reforms to current affordable housing process.  The petition is here – https://www.thepetitionsite.com/264/002/417/petition-for-affordable-housing-reform/

On September 10, 2019 the Township Committee voted to accept the Planning Board’s recommendation to not rezone 750 Walnut Ave from commercial to residential.

In court on Cranford’s Affordable Housing Plan, the Township was granted an extension of immunity from builder’s remedy lawsuits through October 25, 2019.  As a result of an October 2nd Case Management Conference, the township has requested another extension of immunity through Dec 2nd with the following provisions:
1) The Township and FSHC will negotiate a draft Settlement Agreement on or before October 29, 2019
2) The Township shall consider a resolution for the execution of a final  Settlement Agreement on or before the November 12, 2019 Township Committee meeting.
A follow-up Case Management Conference will be scheduled for November 15,  2019

See News Articles on Overdevelopment Statewide 

Cranford 2018 – 2025 Fair Share Plan Draft Documents

2018 Fair Share Plan Draft Summary for the Township of Cranford

2018 Fair Share Full Plan Draft

2018 Fair Share Plan Downtown Overlay Map

In June, Cranford’s immunity from builder’s remedy lawsuits has been extended through September 30, 2019 for negotiations on its new Fair Share Plan.


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.


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.

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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 2019 meeting schedules for Cranford Township Committee, Planning Board and Zoning Board are out:

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: Tuesday, October 15 & 29 @ 7:30 pm
Planning Board: Wednesday, October 2 & 16 @ 8:00 pm
Zoning Board: Monday, October 7 & 21 @ 7:45 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.

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. …