QUAINT??
TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT??

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN CRANFORD
PRIVATE MEETINGS/HIDDEN AGENDA BY DMC, PLANNING BOARD AND MAYOR HANNEN
REDEVELOPMENT OF OUR DOWNTOWN
WHAT HAPPENED TO "QUAINT"?
read in Westfield Leader
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WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?
DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT STUDY NEEDS TO BE ON TOWN WEBSITE NOW WHERE THE TAXPAYERS CAN SEE WHAT THEY PAID FOR AND WHAT IS BEING PLANNED

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Township Committee Meetings
December 18 & 19

ZONING/PLANNING BOARD HEARINGS

750 WALNUT AVENUE/HARTZ MOUNTAIN

COURT DENIES CRANFORD'S REQUEST TO CHANGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING JUDGMENT--Westfield Leader, October 5, 2017


ADJOURNED BY APPLICANT REQUEST--750 WALNUT PLANNING BOARD MEETING --NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

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CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE ARCHITECTURAL PLAN, SITE PLAN AND TRAFFIC PLAN FOR THE 905 APT PROPOSAL FOR 750 WALNUT AVE.
Rumored Morale Problems Plague the Cranford Municipal Building
Within the last 6 months a number of Cranford employees have quit. A few examples:
Police Chief
Assistant Zoning Officer
Township Clerk
Tax Collector

CRANFORD TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE TAKES ISSUE WITH REPORT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAWSUITS

By Leslie Murray
January 14, 2010

CRANFORD—While the township’s fight against two affordable housing lawsuits filed by developers in 2008 continues in the courts, the Township Committee made their objections to the process known this week when they reluctantly agreed to pay for a report by the court-appointed Court Master on both suits.

During the workshop meeting Monday, Commissioner David Robinson questioned if the Township Committee could refuse to pay the bills submitted by Elizabeth McKenzie, the court-appointed expert on the two affordable housing suits against the township, for a report that the township found unacceptable.

Responding to the question, Township Attorney Carl Woodward said that while the commissioners could object in court to the report and could scrutinize the submitted bills, Cranford was responsible for paying its portion of the services rendered by McKenzie.

McKenzie’s report is related to the lawsuits filed by Lehigh Acquisitions in January 2008 and The S.Hekemian Group in November 2008, both of which claim that the township failed to meet requirements under the state’s Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) regulations as related to the 1975 Mount Laurel case that requires all New Jersey municipalities to provide a specific amount of affordable housing.

Lehigh Acquisitions filed suit after negotiations with the township broke down over the number of units at the site, known as 555 South Avenue East. The S.Hekemian Group filed their suit after their request to the Township Committee for a zone change on Birchwood Avenue was directed to the Planning Board.

After the initial consideration, Mayor Mark Smith said on Tuesday, Jan. 12 before the official meeting that while the committee may disagree with the report, there was a legal responsibility to pay for the work. He added that, because of the legal proceedings, the committee had no choice but to meet the obligations related to the court costs.

As they considered the resolution to pay the bill, each of the commissioners made statements listing their objections, though only Commissioner Dan Aschenbach voted against the passage.

Calling the report “inaccurate in many cases,” Aschenbach said the Township Committee might have an obligation to pay the bill but “we don’t have an obligation to take this density.”

“None of us want actually to pay this expense, but that would inappropriate because we are under a court order,” Commissioner Mark Dugan said before reluctantly supporting the resolution.