FLEMINGTON, NJ - The public meeting for the discussion and second reading of Flemington Ordinances 2020-2 and 2020-3 was postponed last night at the borough council meeting.
Property owners within 200 feet of the proposed mixed-use multi-family overlay district ordinance were sent notices of the meeting and invited to participate in the decision about the future use for the land south of Route 12.
And to the surprise of the governing body, almost 60 people arrived and waited patiently for the meeting room door to open at 7:30 p.m.
There was standing room only in the borough council chamber, and at least 10 additional people waiting out in the hallway to enter.
The maximum occupancy of the room is 49 people, so with the six-member council, Mayor Betsy Driver, borough clerk Sallie Graziano, borough attorney Tara St. Angelo and police Officer Michael Christadoro, that left only 39 spots for interested parties.
The mayor consulted with the attorney about the overflow crowd and confirmed that it would be a violation of the Open Public Meetings Act if every person attending could not fit into the room.
So the second reading and public comment for those two ordinances was adjourned and rescheduled.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone who attended this evening hoping to speak or learn more," Driver said. "It's the first time since I've been mayor we had a standing room only crowd, and I underestimated the interest in the two zoning items. I take responsibility for not realizing there would be such a large community turn-out."
Ordinance 2020-2 establishes a mixed-use multi-family overlay district, which provides a zoning alternative for some properties south of Route 12.
Ordinance 2020-3 adds social clubs and some theater uses as permitted uses in the Downtown Business District, the Downtown II Business District, and the Village Artisan Shopping District.
The public meeting for those two ordinances will be held on March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street.