UPDATE: February 17, 2019
The February 20 Planning Board meeting will have the Township experts for real estate, traffic and engineering.
March 6 will have environmental experts, March 20 the Board of Education will present.
Project Summary and Status:
Hartz Mountain Industries wants to build 905 mostly luxury rental apartments at 750 Walnut Avenue This will increase Cranford’s population up to 8 – 10%, severely straining our school system, emergency services, infrastructure, and traffic patterns in and around Cranford.
In March 2017 Hartz sent an application to the Cranford Planning Board requesting a zoning change from “commercial” to “residential” so they can build these 905 apartments. After Hartz postponed several times, their application began to be heard at the last Planning Board meeting on May 16, 2018.
Hartz experts completed their initial testimony on January 30, 2019. Cranford Township’s experts begin their presentations on February 20, 2019 and continue on March 6 and March 20, 2019.
WE NEED RESIDENTS AT THESE PLANNING BOARD MEETINGS to show our opposition to this project.
Cranford Planning Board Procedure:
The basic procedure is a Hartz Mountain expert witness is questioned by the Hartz representative. Then the Planning Board can ask questions of that expert, then the residents. Like a court proceeding, only questions are allowed, not comments. Questions can only relate to that particular person’s area of expertise. Then Hartz questions the next expert and so on until all experts have been questioned.
Documents Related to this Application and Requested Project:
Hartz Documents Updated October 2018 – January 2019:
Hartz Original Ducments and Previous Updates:
Hartz Langan Traffic Study:
Hartz Fiscal Impact Planning Report:
Ways you can help:
- Buy a “Say NO to 750 Walnut Ave” lawn sign to display in your front yard. Signs are $10. Email CRAOCranford@gmail.com for how you can get a sign.
- Pass information about this project and Planning Board meeting dates to your neighbors and Cranford friends.
- If you use Facebook, request membership in the Group Cranford Residents Against Overdevelopment.
- Come to Planning Board and Town Council meetings when the 750 Walnut Avenue project, Affordable Housing plans, or overdevelopment are on the agenda. Agendas must be posted a minimum of 48 hours before the meeting. Agendas can be found here: https://www.cranfordnj.org/minutes-and-agendas.