CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Engineer Vince DeNave reported that the traffic generated by the 50-plus townhomes planned for the 30-acre Dixiedale Farm tract on Hillside Avenue in Chatham Township will be "very minor."
DeNave updated the mayor and Borough of Chatham Council on the Chatham Township townhome development at the regular meeting of the borough council on Monday night. See DeNave's report to the council in the video below.
"One of the things that some of our residents were very concerned about is traffic," DeNave said. "I was able to go down to the planning office and see the traffic report.
"It is in my opinion, very minor as far as traffic goes. In peak hour - I'm not going to get into too much detail - at 8 o'clock in the morning, there are only 13 cars that are going to be generated from that site leaving and heading towards Chatham Borough. And that's the worst of the day."
DeNave said he has sent emails to the Chatham Borough residents who were initially concerned about the potential traffic problems. DeNave has also notified residents of the May 20 Chatham Township Planning Board meeting on the subject.
DeNave said he has the traffic study from the developer and is willing to meet with Chatham Borough residents to go over the plan.
The Chatham Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance that would rezone the 30.8-acre Dixiedale Farm on Hillside Avenue from single-family to multi-family zoning in December of 2017.
Chatham Borough had discussed the possibility of turning the border portion of Hillside Avenue into a Cul-de-sac, which would prevent traffic to and from River Road.
But DeNave expressed his concerns about the 8,900 cars that travel from Chatham Borough to River Road in Chatham Township on a daily basis at a November. 2017 meeting of the borough council.
"I do not believe, based on my review, that it warrants closing off any roadways or doing anything special," DeNave said Monday. "It is a very minor development. Their density is less than our largest single-family housing zoning. It will generate less traffic than if we had the equivalent number of single-family homes there."
The rezoning of Dixiedale Farm is linked to the developer building 24 Affordable Housing units near the Skate Park on Southern Boulevard at no cost to Chatham Township.