BIRCHWOOD DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATES, LLC (GARDEN HOMES)

NOVEMBER 28: FORMAL PRESENTATION OF THE BIRCHWOOD REDEVELOPMENT PLAN AND THE 2ND READING OF THE ORDINANCE

DRAFT OF BIRCHWOOD REDEVELOPMENT PLAN PRESENTED TO THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE FOLLOWED BY THE APPROVAL OF THE ORDINANCE AFTER THE 1ST READING ON NOVEMBER 13

ORDINANCE ADOPTING REDEVELOPMENT PLAN


PLANNING BOARD APPROVES REDEVELOPMENT DRAFT IN CLOSED SESSION November 1 (sent to Township Committee for review)

November 13
November 27 & 28
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

click here: HOW A NJ PLANNING BOARD WORKS AND HOW TO PARTICIPATE

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE ARCHITECTURAL PLAN, SITE PLAN AND TRAFFIC PLAN FOR THE 905 APT PROPOSAL FOR 750 WALNUT AVE.

WHAT IS A BUILDER'S REMEDY LAWSUIT?

A “Builder’s Remedy Lawsuit” is simply legal action taken by a property developer in an attempt to force a municipality to permit construction of a large, multi-family housing structure or complex.

Typically, the developer’s court brief will make specific mention of the Mt. Laurel decision, a landmark case that holds municipalities responsible for providing affordable housing to low and moderate income households.

Many local officials believe that “Builder’s Remedy Lawsuits” are used by developers to force the construction of unneeded housing under the guise of providing affordable housing for those that need it most, when in reality they are only interested in building large quantities of market rate homes for profit.

By filing an affordable housing plan with the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), the State of NJ office responsible for determining affordable housing requirements, municipalities can protect themselves against “Builder's Remedy Lawsuits.”

Cranford did not file an affordable housing plan (see stories below on no coah certification)with the Council on Affordable Housing and, therefore, left the town wide open to builder's remedy lawsuits. One such lawsuit was settled on 555 South Avenue for 163 Apartments and the other was just approved by a Judge for 360 apartments and a parking garage on Birchwood Avenue. The town plans on appealing the Birchwood Avenue decision.

Commissioners Voted "No" to Affordable Housing (COAH) Certification

Cranford Has No Affordable Housing Plan