The following information was taken from the "2009 Master Plan", pages LU-20 and LU-23, on the Cranford Township website.
The recommended zone plan for the Downtown commercial area is to consolidate existing districts into Downtown Core, Downtown Business and Downtown Transition districts. (See Figure LU3A.) This change would simplify the current zoning in the downtown, yet allow for distinct qualities for each of these three areas. Generally this allows the highest level of density and use to fall in the Downtown Core and steps down in the Downtown Business and Transition areas.
1. Downtown Core District ~The Downtown Core encompasses areas appropriate for the highest level of density and intensity as recommended in this Plan. The Downtown Core functions as the Township’s central business district and primary shopping, entertainment and service destination. This Plan recommends that it include the area surrounding North Avenue from Miln Street to the Rahway River and along South Avenue from South Union to the Rahway River. The Downtown Core would extend north along Springfield Avenue to the southern side of Miln Street. The southern border of the Downtown extends to the northern side of Chestnut Street, running from the Riverfront Redevelopment District to the northern side of Cherry Street, and terminating at South Union Avenue.