PLAINFIELD, NJ — This upcoming week will include meetings with Plainfield's Zoning and Planning boards.  Agendas are not yet posted on the city's website, but we have a sneak peek at some items of interest.  There will also be a talk with the Director of Rutgers Gardens sponsored by The Shade Tree Commission.

The Zoning Board will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the library at City Hall, 515 Watchung Ave.  Board members will hear from an applicant about development on vacant property at 123-129 East 5th St. that would include a bakery and coffee shop on the first floor, with an additional three floors of residential apartments.

Read the legal notice that was published on Oct. 24:

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PLAINFIELD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING In accordance with the Ordinances of the City of Plainfield, and the Statutes of the State of New Jersey, Notice is hereby served upon you that an application for development No. ZB 2019-12, located in a TODD/CLAD Zone District, on the premises known as 123-129 East 5th St. Plainfield, NJ, Block 839, Lot 4 has been submitted by 123-129 East 5th Street LLC, of 6404 Smith Ave. North Bergen, NJ 07047. The development involves the conversation of the presently vacant property into a Bakery/coffee shop on the first floor and adding three (3) floors to the property for residential apartments and requires the granting of preliminary and final Site Plan approval, Relief from Zone requirements as follows Maximum Floor Are Ratio permitted is 3.5, and 3.74 is proposed; Minimum front yard setback is 10 feet is required, ands 0 is provided, which is an existing condition; Minimum rear yard setback is 10 feet required, and 0 is proposed, which is an existing condition; Minimum number of parking spaces required is 27, and 11 are proposed. As well as any other such variance, relief, waiver and approval that the Board deems necessary. The Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustments will conduct a Public Hearing on this matter on November 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the City Hall Library Meeting Room (first floor), 515 Watchung Ave. Plainfield, New Jersey. Any person or persons affected by this application will have an opportunity to present any objections you may have to the proposed development. The Board does however, have the right to exclude repetitious testimony. All documents relating to this application may be inspected by the public Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, at the Division of Planning, second floor, 515 Watchung Ave. Plainfield, New Jersey. 123-129 East 5th Street LLC BY: /s/ Manuel Sanchez Date: October 22, 2019 Manuel P. Sanchez, Esq. Attorney for the applicant ($37.84)

The Planning Board will hear from applicant 829 South Urban Renewal, LLC, which is requesting an amendment to prior approval for property located at 829-881 South Avenue that includes a four-story mixed-use building consisting of 4,200-square-feet of commercial space and 70 apartments. The applicant is seeking an amendment to now include a raised vehicle ramp required to meet requirements by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, or NJDEP.

At the July 8 City Council meeting, a resolution was passed for the execution of a financial agreement with 829 South Urban Renewal, LLC that granted a tax exemption for the property.  According to Valerie Jackson, Economic Development Director, approximately $115K to $155K in PILOT revenue will be generated for the first year, which represents a significant increase over the existing municipal share of tax revenues. The property is located in a flood zone and the developer has committed to investing $2.5 million in construction to satisfy NJDEP requirements with the return on investment being much lower than most other local projects.

The Planning Board will meet on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library.  Read the legal notice that was published on Oct. 22:

 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF PLAINFIELD PLANNING BOARD PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Plainfield City Hall, Library Meeting Room (first floor), 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey, a Public Hearing will be held by the Planning Board of the City of Plainfield for Amended Site Plan and Variance approvals (South Avenue Redevelopment Plan Section 4.3: side yard setback 5 ft. minimum, 0 ft. proposed; combined side yard setback 20 ft. minimum, 6 ft. proposed; Sec. 17:9-42: driveway setback to property line 5 ft. required, 0 ft. proposed access ramp; Sec. 17:11-13C: loading space size 10 ft. by 45 ft. required, 9.5 ft. by 34 ft. proposed) and such other variances/deviations, 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, 829 South Urban Renewal, LLC, for the property located at 829-881 South Avenue, Block 645, Lot 14 on the Tax Map of the City of Plainfield.The Applicant is requesting an amendment to the prior approval of a four-story, mixed-use building consisting of approximately 4,200 sf. of commercial space and 70 apartments on the property to now include a raised vehicle ramp required to meet NJDEP requirements.The proposed ramp will encroach onto the adjacent property located at & 883-925 South Avenue, Block 645, Lot 15 on the Tax Map of the City of Plainfield. The Applicant is also requesting the elimination of a condition of the prior approval requiring a 20-foot wide access easement for the Fire Department on adjacent Lot 15. The properties which are the subject of this Application are owned by 829 South Urban Renewal, LLC (Lot 14) and 911 South LLC (Lot 15) and both are located in the TODN-TSC South Avenue Redevelopment Area. When the case is called you may appear either in person or by agent or attorney and present any objections which you may have to the granting of this Application. All documents related to this Application are on file and available for PUBLIC INSPECTION in the Division of Planning Office, City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey during that office's normal business hours. Joseph A. Paparo, Esq. Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. Attorneys for the Applicant ($36.12)      

Additionally, the Shade Tree Commission is sponsoring a discussion on "Perennials for Your Year Round Interest" with Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and a longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants.  The talk will be held at duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Ave., on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Learn more here.

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