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Cranford Township Committee Clarifies Affordable Housing Obligations, Will Decide on Hartz Mountain Application at Next Meeting

The Cranford Township Committee has placed Hartz Mountain Industries application on the agenda for their September 26 meeting. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee approved Resolution 2017-10, which clarifies the affordable housing requirements in Cranford, at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Per the resolution, a multi-family or single-family attached residential development with five or more units must require a percentage of residential units set aside for affordable housing. For projects in which the units are for sale, the appropriate percentage is 15 percent. For projects in which the units are for rent, the appropriate percentage is 20 percent.

According to the township committee, the resolution was passed to clarify any ambiguous language regarding affordable housing requirements.

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“We were concerned that there are potential developments that could possibly come into Cranford that would not satisfy the affordable housing requirements that we believe have already been passed back in 2013,” Mayor Thomas Hannen Jr. said. “The emphasis from our standpoint, based on what we have witnessed the past couple of years, is that it’s important for us to clean up so that it is crystal clear what the developer’s obligations are if they want to do multi-family housing in the Township of Cranford. We think it’s important that everyone understand that.”

The new resolution is not related to Hartz Mountain Industries proposed application for 750 Walnut Avenue or the Township of Cranford’s upcoming court date to extend its immunity from the Mt. Laurel Doctrine, according to Township Attorney Ryan J. Cooper.

“It’s just a clarification of the existing ordinance,” Cooper said. “It’s the exact same thing.”

On a similar note, the township committee also announced that it will state a decision regarding Hartz’s application at its Sept. 26 meeting. A representative from Hartz recently accused the committee of attempting to delay the decision until after the upcoming court date.

“On behalf of the township committee, I’d like to announce that the committee will place Hartz Mountain’s request for redevelopment on the official agenda for the meeting on September 26,” Cooper said. “Since Hartz’s July presentation, the committee has submitted some additional questions for Hartz. Hartz has responded with about 100 pages of information. Individual members of the committee are currently considering the information and expect to have some additional questions at that meeting on Sept. 26.”

The Township of Cranford’s application to extend its immunity from the Mt. Laurel Doctrine will be heard on Sept. 19. The next meeting of the Cranford Township Committee will be on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

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