Livingston Discusses Simplifying Process for Businesses to Make Improvements

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LIVINGSTON, NJ - Several new business items were touched upon during Monday night’s town council meeting.

Council members began by discussing the Expansion of Definition of Minor Site Plan, created by town council candidate and member of the planning board, Al Anthony.

The plan involves making it easier for local businesses to “upgrade and beautify” their stores without having to go through a full hearing before the board which, according to Anthony, will ultimately save them time and money.

Instead of presenting to the town council, business owners will soon be able to present their requested changes to the minor site committee.

The newly approved ordinance consists of six allowable actions such as the ability to “redesign the layout or internal traffic flow of an existing parking area in a nonresidential district or at an existing nonconforming, nonresidential use in a residential district” and the opportunity to make “site improvements to provide, increase or improve barrier free access for persons with disabilities.”

Mayor Stephen Santola was strongly in favor for the ordinance.

“I’m 100 percent on board for this. It’s really important to have,” Santola said.

In other news, Township Manager Michele Meade said that in terms of the quarterly budget report, the town “is not in danger of having a deficit.”

Meade also touched upon the proposal from a wireless provider to make a new and higher cell phone tower for better reception. The tower would be in the same vicinity as the current one and Meade explained that by doing this, it could potentially allow for more revenue.

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Santola said the council members had time to think about the proposal, as it would be voted on at a later date.

It was also noted during the meeting that new businesses will be moving into town center as a part of the center’s redevelopment plan.

A nail salon would like to fill one of the open vacancies, but in order to do so, the salon has to include another aspect such as a spa, which the owners plan on doing. The salon is awaiting further approvals before moving forward.

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