CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Planning Board reviewed the ordinance that would rezone the Dixiedale Farm property on Monday night at its regular meeting and unanimously voted to recommend approval despite the fact that it is "inconsistent" with the township's Master Plan.
Because the rezoning from single-family to multi-family zoning is "inconsistent" with the Master Plan, it will take a supermajority vote to adopt the rezoning at its meeting on Dec. 14. That means it will take at least a 4-1 vote for the rezoning to become law.
The vote introducing the ordinance to rezone Dixiedale Farm passed 5-0 at the last township committee meeting held on Nov. 8.
The planning board also reviewed the Watershed Protection ordinance, also up for adoption on Dec. 14, and found it to be "Not Inconsistent" with the Master Plan, also unanimously recommending passage by the township committee.
In other business, the planning board discussed the proposed improvements by Morris County to the "Shunpike Corridor," the portion of Shunpike Road between the ShopRite parking lot and the Chatham Mall, where Ace Hardware is located. The board is asking the county for more clarification on its goals for the improvements.
"The Shunpike Corridor plan that the county had put forth, there are some good aspects of it and questionable aspects to it," Kevin Sullivan, planning board member, said. "We want to make sure that travel is in a safe and efficient manner. It's our only commerce center and we don't want the traffic to be congested and turn people away in a different direction. That's not what we're after."