KENILWORTH, NJ - Many small businesses in Kenilworth’s downtown zone will not have to suffer the often costly and drawn-out site plan approval process if the borough council adopts an ordinance being introduced tomorrow.

The proposed ordinance would amend the borough’s land use ordinance. It would exempt from site plan approval small businesses that apply for changes of use if those changes are from one permitted use to another.

The exemption would apply to businesses in the B-D Boulevard Downtown Zone that are less than 1,200 square feet which have required parking space. It would not apply to restaurants.

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The borough council is proposing the ordinance as a way of “reducing the regulatory burden” on small businesses in an effort to promote that type of commercial development, said the “purpose” section of the document.

The council meeting is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.