FLEMINGTON, NJ - New businesses and neighbors could be coming to Flemington soon.

An ordinance that establishes a mixed-use and multi-family overlay district was reintroduced and had its first reading at the most recent Flemington Borough Council meeting.

According to Mayor Betsy Driver, this ordinance was on and off the agenda numerous times last year and now it’s ready to go.

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“Hopefully we’ll be putting these properties to better use,” she said.

Currently, the area in question is zoned mostly for highway retail and transition commercial businesses. If the new overlay zone is fully approved, those uses will remain viable, however a large list of possible new uses will be added, including townhouse and multi-family units, retail sales and service, restaurants, artisan studios or manufacturing, offices, theaters, museums, galleries, medical offices, banks, personal services, health clubs, specialty beverage establishments, indoor or outdoor recreational facilities, open space, municipal uses or higher education purposes.

The new ordinance maintains restrictions on density, building height, signage, setbacks, impervious coverage and parking.

The overlay zone applies to properties to the south of Route 12, east of the Paradise Golf Driving Range, and north of the Raritan Township border.

Driver said that only land on the south side of Route 12 was included in the new ordinance in order to limit negative traffic impacts. She also mentioned that based on a request by the state, flood-prone properties are excluded from the new land use options.

The planning board has determined that the mixed-use, multi-family overlay zone aligns with the goals and objectives of the borough’s master plan re-examination and third round housing element and fair share plan.

The property owners within 200 feet of the new overlay zone will be notified about the impending change and a public hearing, where anyone can speak about the proposed new law, is currently scheduled for the March 9 regular borough council meeting.