Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township Asks Residents to Attend June 21st Zoning Board Meeting at Hartshorn School, 7-9 p.m.

The non-profit group, also called Save Millburn, feels many residents are still not aware of this issue. The group asks that you read all of the information on the website SaveMillburn.com and then invite friends and neighbors to the next meeting.

The proceedings will be a continuation of testimony from the April 12th meeting regarding the The Chai Center for Living Judaism's request for substantial variances. The Chai Center wants to be allowed to tear down two current homes and replace them with a massive 16,350 square foot new building constructed on residential property that is more than an acre shy of the legal or required size.

Save Millburn implores officials on the Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment to not make substantial zoning exceptions since the town has a full town wide approved Zoning Ordinance. If the Zoning Ordinance needs changes, by all means it should be updated and amended but on a town wide basis. Otherwise, our group doesn't accept special zoning for special interests anywhere in Millburn. Allowing substantial variances can hurt a great town's plan.

Background Facts

•Millburn zoning allows a house of worship to be built in a residential area but requires it to be on a minimum 3 acres.

•The Chai Center group has only 1.815 acres of the required 3 acres even after combining their properties at number 1 and 7 Jefferson Avenue (corner lot facing Old Short Hills Road).

•The Chai Center is asking that the height of the structure be allowed to go above the town approved height of 32 feet.

•The Chai Center proposes many of the 48 car parking spaces be allowed to be closer to neighbors properties than the required 50-foot buffer.

•The Chai Center proposes that entrances/exits be added on Old Short Hills Road which is already heavy with traffic and is the main thoroughfare for ambulances to and from St. Barnabas Hospital.

•The Chai Center proposes large signage or identification on Old Short Hills Road.

•The Chai Center wants to have a screened dumpster enclosure, an underground storage facility for storm water, fences, walkways and extensive landscaping.

•The Chai Center is currently conducting services and holding classes with many cars parking on the front yard, back yard and on neighboring streets.

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