PLAINFIELD, NJ — A Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on October 7 will consider an Applicant's request for preliminary and final site plan approvals, as well as variance approvals and design waivers for 820-836 South Avenue, according to a legal notice. The former 'U Do It' car wash property is in the TODN-TSR Zone, or Train Side Residential Zone.

The Applicant proposes to build a three-story residential building with 12 two-bedroom units, with parking, landscaping, lighting and other improvements to the site. There is a variance required for residential units proposed on the first floor, a waiver for streetscape improvements, and more.

The ZBA will also consider a residential dwelling for developmentally disabled adults at this meeting. (Read more.)

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The virtual hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Access the Zoom meeting here.

Read the full notice:

NOTICE OF VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING CITY OF PLAINFIELD ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM, and at such other dates and times as such hearing may be continued, the City of Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustment (the "Board") will conduct a virtual public hearing to consider a request for Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan and Variance approvals and design waivers

(Section 17:9-18E: use variance required for proposed residential units on ground floor;

Section 17:9-18E: density 24 units/acre maximum, 31.2 units/acre proposed (d5 use variance);

Section 17:9-18.3E4: building height 42 ft. maximum, 44.17 ft. proposed;

Section 17:9-18.3E4: total lot coverage 80% maximum, 84.2% proposed;

Section 17:9-24C1: parking lot buffering 10 ft. minimum, 3 ft. provided;

Section 17:9-42E: parking prohibited in front/side yards, parking located within side yard setback;

Section 17:9-43B: parking lot landscaping 5% minimum, none provided;

Section 17:9-48A: dwelling unit floor area 1,000 sf. minimum, 909 sf. proposed for 6 units;

Section 17:9-49C: shade trees 4 required, 2 proposed;

Section 17:11-12F: average lighting level of parking lot 1.0 to 2.5 FC required, waiver requested;

Section 17:11-16A: refuse area buffering 10 ft. minimum on all sides, waiver requested;

Section 17:11-16A3: refuse area location and setback concrete pad set back a minimum of 2 ft. required, waiver requested;

Section 17:11-28: waiver requested from streetscape improvements) and such other variances, relief and/or waivers that may be required upon an analysis of the plans and testimony at the public hearing on the Application submitted by the Applicant/Owner, Applicant/Owner, 820 South Avenue Associates, LLC, for the property located at 820-836 South Avenue, Block 620, Lot 5 on the Tax Map of the City of Plainfield.

The Applicant is proposing to construct a three story residential building consisting of 12 two-bedroom units on the property with parking, landscaping, lighting and associated site improvements. The property is located in the TODN-TSR Zone.

At this time, in light of the Executive Orders signed by Governor Murphy related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to follow best practices recommended by the United States Center for Disease Control and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Board's meeting on October 7, 2020 will not be "in-person" but rather will be conducted by way of and through communications equipment, electronically, in compliance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, whereby formal action of the Board will take place.

Any person or persons affected by this Application will have an opportunity to present any objections to or offer comments on the proposed development. The Board does, however, have the right to exclude repetitious testimony.

It is requested that anyone who anticipates undertaking cross-examination, introducing evidence and/or making public comment on any application advise the Board Secretary by email or phone in advance of the virtual meeting date. Please supply your name, address and the telephone number at which you may be reached on the night of the meeting in the event that you do not have the ability to access the meeting remotely by computer.

The purpose of this notification is to ensure that any additional documents to be identified or referenced at the virtual meeting can be available for review by all participants and members of the public. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit or block the ability of any member of the public to make inquiries; or offer comment or opinion on any application based upon the testimony and exhibits proffered by an applicant at the virtual meeting. To participate in the virtual public hearing, ask questions or to present any objections which you may have to the granting of this Application, the public is invited to attend the virtual public hearing either by telephone or video link.

To join the hearing via Zoom video use the following link: and use Webinar ID: 955 2202 8948 and Password: zo2020. Registration is not required. However, if logging in to Zoom via Computer or Mobile Device for the first time, please allow a few extra minutes to install the program (if using a computer) or application (if using a mobile device). Individuals accessing the meeting by computer/mobile device will be capable of making a public comment at the appropriate times during the meeting by clicking the "raise hand" button and waiting for the host to unmute them. To participate by phone, dial a number based on your current location for higher quality: US: +1 301 715 8592; or +1 312 626 6799; or +1 646 558 8656; or +1 253 215 8782; or +1 346 248 7799; or +1 669 900 9128 and use Webinar ID: 955 2202 8948 and Password: 816279. Individuals accessing the meeting by telephone will be capable of making a public comment at the appropriate times during the meeting by dialing *9 on their telephone and waiting for the host to unmute them.

All documents related to this Application are on file in the Division of Planning Office, City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey 07060. Copies of the Application materials, including any maps, plans and documents relating to the Application will be available for the public to review at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing at the following web address: If you do not have computer access or are otherwise unable to access the Application and supporting documents online, please contact the Board Secretary to make other arrangements to inspect same. The contact information for the Board Secretary is as follows: Rosalind Miller, Board Secretary, City of Plainfield, phone: (908) 753-3486; and email: In the event that the Board Secretary is not available to immediately answer the telephone, please leave a message and also call back during regular business hours. Please contact the Board Secretary at least two (2) days in advance of the meeting if you need assistance or have questions regarding access to the virtual meeting or reviewing the Application materials. Joseph A. Paparo, Esq. Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. Attorneys for the Applicant ($94.60) is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. 

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