CHATHAM, NJ - In a meeting that lasted five hours and 30 minutes, the Chatham Township Planning Board approved the site plans for the Affordable Housing units at the Skate Park and the multi-family townhomes at Dixie Dale on Tuesday morning.

The 8-1 vote to approve the Arbor Green at Chatham affordable housing units at the Skate Park was taken at 10:52 p.m. on Monday night and the planning board agreed to go past its 11 p.m. deadline to consider the final site plans for the Dixie Dale site.

At 1:08 a.m. Tuesday morning the planning board voted, 9-0, to approve the Dixie Dale plans (see video below).

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The approval of the Arbor Green at Chatham development on Southern Boulevard will eliminate the Skate Park and provide 24 affordable housing units: four one-bedroom units, 14 two-bedroom units and six three-bedroom units. There will be at least 41 parking spaces on site.

At the former Dixie Dale Farm, the plans for 53 three-bedroom units, located on 30 acres between Hillside Avenue and River Road were approved by a 9-0. In the process of approving the plan, the planning board decided on a four-foot-wide asphalt walkway, starting on River Road at Eden Road that extends to the top of Hillside Avenue. That was in lieu of the walking trail inside the developed property.

The developers of the Dixie Dale property Sterling/Sun agreed to pay for the 24 affordable housing units at the Skate Park in exchange for rezoning at Dixie Dale from single-home residential to multi-family.