ANDOVER, NJ – The Andover Land Use Board is meeting to hear the application from BHT to develop the former Sussex Airport into a car storage yard and auction site.  The project has gotten pushback from area residents who oppose having the “5,000+ car junk yard on beautiful Stickles Pond Road,” according to the Stop BHT Junkyard Andover Township Facebook page.

Originally scheduled for March, the hearing has been pushed back several times at the request of the applicant.

The application includes a use variance because current zoning ordinances do not permit automobile sales or junk yard on that site.

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According to the meeting notice the applicant proposes to “demolish all existing structures, regrade the lot and construct asphalt milling access roads, gravel vehicle storage area, asphalt driveways and loading areas.”

Several roads throughout the county will also be impacted because of the tractor trailers that will delivering the vehicles driving on local and county roads according to residents opposed to the project. 

The hybrid meeting is scheduled for September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Park Barn at 146, Lake Iliff Road, Newton and via Go To Meeting or by phone.  According to the Andover Township website, you can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 509-964-013

For those not attending the meeting in person, written questions may be submitted to the Land Use Board Secretary by 5 p.m. prior to the meeting. The board will make a “reasonable effort to read each question into the record.”