CHATHAM, NJ - A request from developers to rezone four property lots from R-1A to R-3 on Hillside Avenue near the Chatham Borough border brought up the subject of a possible Cul-de-sac to separate the two towns at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee on Thursday night.
No decision on the rezoning request was made, but committee member Karen Swartz segued into a discussion of a possible Cul-de-sac at the township-borough border as a result of the development of the Dixiedale Farm on Hillside Avenue.
"Over the last year as plans for development at the Dixiedale Farm on Hillside Avenue have been taking shape we’ve received many inquiries from Township residents about creating a cul-de-sac at the Township and Borough border, to offset additional pressure on the intersection of Hillside and River Road," Swartz said.
"We’re happy to explore this on behalf of our residents. This will certainly call for further review and also consultation with our first responders but we never shy away from Township quality-of-life matters for our residents."
At the April 23, 2019, meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council, borough engineer Vince DeNave reported that traffic studies indicated that there were be "very minor" impact on traffic from the 50-plus townhome development.
DeNave did not believe a cul-de-sac would be necessary and noted that it could cause a problem since it was estimated that 8,900 cars travel on Hillside Avenue from Chatham Borough to River Road in Chatham Township on a daily basis.